Our Thoughts on the 2022 Costume Designers Guild Awards Nominations

Posted on January 27, 2022

We’re a couple of queens who’ve long held some very strong and loudly stated opinions about costume design, so perhaps it’s no surprise that we’re excited to both dive into the Costume Designers Guild Award nominations and also to argue a bit with them. It’s in our nature. We only watch some of the TV shows on this list, but we’ve seen almost all of the movies and even made our own picks for the best cinematic costume design of 2021 in a series last month. Let’s see how our picks compare with the experts’.


Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Film
“Dune” – Jacqueline West & Robert Morgan
“The Green Knight” – Malgosia Turzanska
“The Matrix Resurrections” – Lindsay Pugh
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” – Kym Barrett
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” – Sanja M. Hays
“The Suicide Squad” – Judianna Makovsky


We chose costumes from the first four films for our list, although Harley’s red gown from The Suicide Squad was one of the last ones chopped from it. Haven’t seen Spider-Man: No Way Home yet, but we can’t imagine it has anything to offer that would make the designers for Dune, The Green Knight or The Matrix Resurrections nervous. Dev Patel’s cloak was our favorite costume of the year, so Malgosia is our pick here.



Excellence in Contemporary Film
“Coming 2 America” – Ruth E. Carter
“Don’t Look Up” – Susan Matheson
“In The Heights” – Mitchell Travers
“No Time to Die” – Suttirat Anne Larlarb
“Zola” – Derica Cole Washington


None of these made our list, although we struggled with keeping Zola and possibly Craig’s Bond in the mix as long as we could. Having said that, we think Ruth E. Carter’s designs are hard to top.



Excellence in Period Film
“Cruella” – Jenny Beavan
“Cyrano” – Massimo Cantini Parrini & Jacqueline Durran
“House of Gucci” – Janty Yates
“Nightmare Alley” – Luis Sequeira
“West Side Story” – Paul Tazewell


Cruella and House of Gucci made the list. We almost put Nightmare Alley on it, but wound up cutting it because the costumes felt more like clever pastiche than anything original. We admit, West Side Story is a true contender now that we’ve finally seen it. Despite our picks, we’re going to have to go with Paul Tazewell’s work on this one.



Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television
“The Book of Boba Fett” (Chapter 1)– Shawna Trpcic
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Nightshade) – Debra Hanson
“Loki” (Journey into Mystery) – Christine Wada
“What We Do in the Shadows” (Gail) – Laura Montgomery
“The Witcher” (Family) – Lucinda Wright


Have only seen a handful of these, but we don’t the ones we’ve watched actually rate all that high. We’d probably give it to Laura Montgomery or Lucinda Wright.




Excellence in Contemporary Television
“Emily in Paris” (French Revolution) – Patricia Field & Marylin Fitoussi
“Euphoria” (F*ck Anyone Who’s Not a Sea Blob) – Heidi Bivens
“Hacks” (Pilot) – Kathleen Felix-Hager
“Mare of Easttown” (Miss Lady Hawk Herself) – Meghan Kasperlik
“Squid Game” (VIPS) – Cho Sang-kyung


Seen them all. It’s a showdown between Euphoria and Squid Game, but we think the latter edges out the former slightly. Those track suits became iconic almost instantly.



Excellence in Period Television
“The Great” (Seven Days) – Sharon Long
“Halston” (Becoming Halston) – Jeriana San Juan
“The Underground Railroad” (Chapter 8: Indiana Autumn) – Caroline Eselin-Schaefer
“WandaVision” (Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience) – Mayes C. Rubeo
“What We Do in the Shadows” (The Wellness Centre) – Laura Montgomery


We’d love for Jeriana San Juan to get it for Halston, not just because we interviewed her last year but also because the work was gorgeous. Having said that, we think we’d want WandaVision for this one, although The Underground Railroad might be more deserving.



Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television
“Annie Live!”– Emilio Sosa
“Dancing with the Stars” Semi-Finals – Daniela Gschwendtner & Steven Norman Lee
“The Late Late Show with James Corden” Crosswalk Cinderella – Lauren Shapiro
“The Masked Singer” 2 Night Season Premiere, Part 2: Back to School – Marina Toybina & Gabrielle Letamendi
“Saturday Night Live” Rami Malek / Young Thug – Tom Broecker & Eric Justian


Haven’t seen most of these, but Emilio’s a Project Runway alum, so we’re compelled to root for him.



Excellence in Short Form Design
The Bold Type: “Cruella” (Commercial) – Mandi Line
Cadillac: Edgar Scissorhands ft. Timothée Chalamet, “Hands Free” (Commercial) – Melissa DesRosiers
Ed Sheeran: “Shivers” (Music Video) – Ami Goodheart
Snoop Dogg’s Triller: Fight Club “We’re Bringing Boxing Back” (Commercial) – Dawn Ritz
Swarovski: “Welcome to Wonderlab” (Commercial) – B. Åkerlund


We think we’re going to have to go with Swarovski on this one. That ad was a stunning mindfuck.







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