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Emilia Clarke on going from 'Game of Thrones' to 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' on Broadway

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke appears on the cover of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, but while fans of the HBO series are starting to get excited about Clarke & co.’s return to the small screen, the actress is busy preparing for her first starring role on the Broadway stage.

Clarke is Holly Golightly in the Broadway production of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s (opening March 20), and during a breakfast event hosted by Target — the retailer is the official beauty partner of the production — the actress talked about taking on the role that helped make Audrey Hepburn an icon, working with costume designer Colleen Atwood to re-imagine the character’s look, and how she manages to make more than 20 costume changes each performance.


Costume Designer Colleen Atwood to receive 2013 CFDA Tribute Award

Costume designer Colleen Atwood will receive the 2013 Board of Directors’s Tribute Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America at the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, to be held June 3 in New York City.

The award recognizes Atwood, a three-time winner of the Oscar for Best Costume Design (ChicagoMemoirs of a Geisha and Alice in Wonderland) for her “significant contributions and commitment to fashion.” Past winners of the Tribute Award include fashion photographer Arthur Elgort, Bono and wife Ali Hewson, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

See the complete list of the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards honorees and nominees after the jump.  READ FULL STORY

'Snow White and the Huntsman' costume designer: 'It was like we were doing Charlize's own wedding gown'

She has won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha and Alice in Wonderland, but Colleen Atwood says that she experienced a few career firsts while creating the wardrobe for Snow White and the Huntsman — which earned her a 10th Oscar nod.

“The level of craftsmanship in this movie has never happened with me before,” Atwood told EW at Tuesday night’s Costume Designers Guild Awards in L.A. “And if it’s never happened with me before, it probably hasn’t happened very often in the last ten years of costume design.”

That craftsmanship is most evident in the dresses worn by Charlize Theron’s evil Queen Ravenna. “We had things that were made from beetle wings, and pieces that were made out of parchment paper, which is an ancient technique not normally used in costuming. I had stuff made in India, in Turkey, I had fabrics woven,” says the designer, who created a total of 2,000 costumes for the film. “There are less and less people in the world who know how to do the things we got to do for this movie.”

Atwood says Ravenna’s wedding gown — which features structured epaulettes designed to look like a skeletal cage — is one of her favorite Snow White costumes, in part because Theron was so appreciative of the work the wardrobe team put into constructing it.

“When we did [fittings for] the wedding gown, it was like we were doing Charlize’s own wedding gown,” the costume designer says of the actress’ reaction upon trying on the finished garment for the first time. “She came in and did a turn around the room to show the girls who helped make it. It’s a special moment when wardrobe people, who nobody ever notices, are regarded by the actors they’ve designed for. It was generous of Charlize to do that, and it was a great moment for all of us.”

–Reporting by Lindzi Scharf

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Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): Charlize Theron’s spooky ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ dresses

Snow White Fashion Face-Off: Kristen Stewart vs. Lily Collins -- POLL

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the best dressed Snow White of all? We won’t know for sure until the Academy Awards are handed out on Feb 24.

Both Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror scored nominations in the Costume Design category.

Three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood created over 2,000 costumes for the cast of Snow White and the Huntsman, including the earth-toned peasant dress and suit of armor worn by Kristen Stewart’s warrior princess Snow.

Lily Collins channeled the traditional fairy tale version of the character in Mirror Mirror, wearing ornately embroidered gowns by the late Eiko Ishioka, who won an Academy Award for her work on Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula.

Who was the best dressed Snow White on the big screen? Cast your vote in the poll below!  READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): Charlize Theron's spooky 'Snow White and the Huntsman' dresses

Audiences have been admiring Colleen Atwood’s costumes for decades — from Johnny Depp’s forlorn, goth barber in 1990’s Edward Scissorhands all the way up to Depp’s unhinged Mad Hatter in 2010’s Alice in Wonderland. But it’s another thing altogether to get an up-close-and-personal look at her work, which EW did back in May at a special private gallery showing of Atwood’s costumes for Snow White and the Huntsman. Beyond all the precise detail work built into every one of Charlize Theron’s outlandishly sinister dresses as the Evil Queen, what most impressed us was how each costume played an integral role in the storytelling of the film. (It’s no wonder Atwood’s won three Oscars for her costume designs, and earned six more nominations besides.)

Check out our video interview with Atwood about four of her Snow White and the Huntsman costumes below.

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012: Behind the Scenes coverage READ FULL STORY

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