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From Lady Mary’s embroidered dresses to Jon Snow’s fur-trimmed capes and Snow White’s fairytale gowns, this year’s crop of Emmy-nominated wardrobe designs are a telling example of Emmy history — the Academy loves period and fantasy costumes.

The 2013 Emmy nominees in the category of Outstanding Costumes for a Series are Boardwalk Empire, The Borgias, Once Upon a Time, Downton Abbey, and Game of Thrones, all shows that are set in the past, or, in the case of Once Upon a Time, in another world. In fact, this year’s nominees is the same group that went head-to-head for the costume Emmy last year. (GoT costume designer Michelle Clapton took home the award in 2012.)

Why are costumes from shows set in modern times often left out of the running?

“[It’s] really hard for people to understand how intricate, precise and detailed [contemporary designs] can be because we wear them every day,” Tom Broecker — the longtime costume designer for Saturday Night Live who also worked wardrobe magic on season one of House of Cards — told EW at the opening of the FIDM Museum & Galleries’ Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibit in July. “Contemporary costumes are seen as more mundane because they lack the majesty of period clothes.”

Which costume designer should win the prize for Outstanding Costumes for a Series at the Creative Arts Emmys this Sunday? Cast your vote in the poll below.


Emmys: 'Behind the Candelabra' costume designer on bedazzling Michael Douglas and Matt Damon

On Saturday night, Los Angeles’ FIDM Museum & Galleries unveiled its annual television costume design exhibit, which features more than 120 costumes from both period and fantasy shows like Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey, as well as fan favorite contemporary series like Nashville and House of Cards.

Also on display are pieces from the oh-so-fabulous-and-blingy wardrobe seen in HBO’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, for which costume designer Ellen Mirojnick scored an Emmy nomination.

EW caught up with Mirojnick at the event — co-hosted by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences — to ask her about re-creating Liberace’s campy costumes for Michael Douglas, convincing Matt Damon to slip into that rhinestone-studded G-string, and the movie character that inspired her to become a wardrobe designer.

Entertainment Weekly: How did you hear about your Emmy nomination?
Ellen: Mirojnick: I [was in] in New York working on a new project with Steven Soderbergh. I was in a hotel room waiting and my assistant said “Just stream it!” [After I heard], I went to the office and had champagne and celebrated. Steven, Michael, Matt, myself, [production designer] Howard Cummings — all of the support team, makeup, hair, everybody. It was one nomination after another. Everybody was like, “How many now? How many now?” This is a small team that is so respectful [of each other], and the synchronicity between us all is so sublime. I’ve never experienced anything like it. I felt so privileged to have been asked to be a part of this.

Liberace had so many outrageous costumes, where did you start your research?  READ FULL STORY

Matt Damon lost weight 'to make the clothes fall better' in HBO's 'Behind the Candelabra' -- EXCLUSIVE

Matt Damon says he’s never been a big fan of wardrobe fittings — “I try to get in and get out and find comfortable shoes,” he laughs — but that changed when he was picking out his bejeweled jackets, skin-tight swimsuits, and thigh-revealing robes for Behind the Candelabra.

In the Steven Soderbergh-directed movie, airing May 26 on HBO, Damon wears plenty of outrageous 70s and 80s-inspired outfits to play Scott Thorson, the much-younger lover of showbiz legend Liberace (Michael Douglas). And when the actor sat down with EW for this week’s cover story, he admitted that he got so excited about his wardrobe, he decided to slim down for the part.  READ FULL STORY

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