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Newcomers to battle returning contestants on season 5 of Syfy's 'Face Off' -- EXCLUSIVE

Syfy has revealed details on the cast, guest judges, and mind-bending challenges audiences will see on season 5 of the special effects make-up reality competition series Face Off.

The network promises plenty of “twists and turns,” the first of which comes when the eight season 5 newcomers discover that they’ll be competing against veterans from seasons past. The contestants will be challenged to create mutants, goddesses, and human/creature hybrids, some of which will be put to the test in live stage performances.

Who’s coming back in search of redemption? Click on to find out.


It's the 'Vampire Diaries' prom! -- SEE THE PHOTOS

On the April 18 episode of The Vampire Diaries, Elena, Stefan, Bonnie, Damon and the rest of the gang trade jeans and leather jackets for taffeta and tuxes. That’s right, it’s prom season in Mystic Falls!

Whether human, vampire, werewolf, or witch, Vampire Diaries costume designer Leigh Leverett said she kept the first rule of prom fashion in mind when dressing each of the characters for the big night — Make sure no one else shows up wearing the same dress. “[The girls] tried on a bunch of gowns, probably 6 to 10 each. We picked a bunch that we liked, so it was just figuring out who [would wear] what so that they weren’t all in the same silhouettes or colors.” As for the guys, it came down to the ties.

Click through the gallery to see the characters in their prom ensembles with special insight from Leverett.  READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Hiding Kit Harington's ankle, faking sweat stains and more costume drama

From having to hide Kit Harington’s cast to making sure the extras weren’t smuggling cell phones and cigarettes in their pants, Emmy-winning designer Michele Clapton filled EW in on all the costume drama that happened during filming for season 3 of Game of Thrones.

EW: What were the biggest challenges for the wardrobe department on season 3?
MICHELE CLAPTON: Kit Harington was in a cast for a lot of the time. They asked me to create a boot to cover it, but it was impossible because it was a great big, white foot! We couldn’t shoot it at first because there was no way we could cover [his cast]. Later on he had a medical boot that he could take off, but he still couldn’t walk. We cut the back out of his [costume] boot so that he could put it on without having to actually step into it and just bound it to his leg. He managed really well, considering the amount of pain he was in. Thankfully he’s much better now, but that was a tricky one.  READ FULL STORY

Style on the set of EW's 'Pretty Little Liars' shoot -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

When it came time to dress Pretty Little Liars stars Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell and Troian Bellisario for this week’s issue of EW, stylist Emma Trask called on the ABC Family show’s costume designer Mandi Line for pointers.

“I spoke to Mandi and she described the vibe that she goes for on the show,” says Trask. “What we ended up with is a blend of [each girl’s] personal style and the look of her character.”

Trask and EW Senior Associate Photo Editor Matthew Levinson sifted through photos from teen queen classics like Clueless, The Craft, and Heathers looking for inspiration, finally settling on Mean Girls as a reference point for the cover shot.

In addition to the “nude, pastel palette” for the cover photo, Trask also pulled a variety of colorful dresses and metallic pieces for the shoot. “[We also did] a jewel-toned look, because it pops,” Trask says of the above photo of Hale (in Mandalay), Benson (in Ted Baker), Mitchell (in Issa), and Bellisario (in Bao Tranchi).

Click on to see exclusive alternate shots of the PLL girls and get the rundown on their pretty little ensembles. SEE THE PHOTOS

Next: Lucy Hale

See the designer dress collection inspired by 'Oz the Great and Powerful' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


Designer Sue Wong has created a limited-edition collection of evening dresses inspired by Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful (in theaters March 8).

Wong says her Oz designs are based on a number of the movie’s themes, including the battle between good and evil — played out by witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Glinda (Michelle Williams), and Evanora (Rachel Weisz) — the art deco look of Emerald City, and Dust Bowl-era Kansas. The resulting collection is a mix of femme fatale dresses, full-glamour gowns and whimsical frocks, many embellished with beading, embroidery and appliques.

In 2010, Wong, who has dressed the likes of Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Biel, created a line of separates inspired by the film Eat Pray Love.

Watch the video below for a first look at the Oz The Great and Powerful collection.  READ FULL STORY

Go inside Downton Abbey with 'Castles On Camera - Royal Residences On TV' -EXCLUSIVE CLIP


The return of Downton Abbey is just a few days away, but if you’ve forgotten what the upstairs and downstairs of The Crawley mansion looks like, tune into HGTV’s Castles On Camera – Royal Residences On TV for a behind the scenes tour of Downton‘s real-life location.

Set on more than 1,000 acres of land, the site of Highclere Castle has been owned by the family of the Earl of Carnarvon since the 17th century. The gothic style manse was designed by famed architect Sir Charles Barry — who took on the project after finishing the plans for the British Houses of Parliament — in 1838. Fans of Downton Abbey will recognize much of the furniture and other decor details, as the owners often loan pieces to the show’s production design team.

Watch an exclusive clip of the tour below and see the full episode of Castles On Camera – Royal Residences On TV special when it airs on HGTV tonight at 9pm EST. READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother': Robin and Barney got dressed up for a memorable moment -- EXCLUSIVE

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen tonight’s episode of How I Met Your Mother (or read our full recap), stop reading now.


'The Hour' costume designer Suzanne Cave on creating that London look -- EXCLUSIVE

Though BBC America’s newsroom drama The Hour — now in its second season — has been dubbed “The British Mad Men,” series costume designer Suzanne Cave says there are distinct differences when it comes to the clothing.  “In terms of similarities I suppose the silhouettes are similar, but Fifth Avenue advertising in the ‘50’s is worlds away from [The Hour‘s] Lime Grove,” Cave tells EW. “British fashion was a slight step behind American fashion. Even just in terms of the technology of fabrics, that kind of thing would’ve been more advanced in America.”

If anything, the costumer examined the different worlds of the British TV rivalries of the late ’50s for historical style references. “Where as the ITV guys are much slicker, much shinier, the people who work at the BBC are a little bit quirkier, so we marked the difference between those two,” said Cave, who, along with her team, custom designs many of the outfits for the show’s main characters Freddie Lyon (Ben Whishaw; above right), Bel Rowley (Romola Garai; above center),  Hector Madden (Dominic West; above left), and Marnie Madden (Oona Chaplin).

Click on to get the scoop on each character’s look and pick up this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands now, for more on the costumes of The Hour. SEE PHOTOS

NEXT: Freddie Lyon

'The Voice' style team on the signature looks of Cassadee, Nicholas, Terry and Trevin

Sure, it’s all about the voice on The Voice, but costume designer Erin Hirsch, makeup artist Darcy Gilmore and hairstylist Shawn Finch, put a lot of effort into making sure that each contestant has “the look” to match.

“[The contestants on] season 3 were pretty stylish to begin with, so we’re just amplifying what they brought to the table, so to speak,” says Hirsch, who says the behind-the-scenes team works to bring out each contestant’s organic style, rather than performing head-to-toe makeovers. “Once we get to the live rounds, I have a much clearer idea of what works on each individual’s body and what they like. From there, I go back and make an inspiration sheet to give my shoppers a clear reference. Song choice also informs the mood and the tone [of an outfit].” And as the pool of hopefuls shrinks, the clothing budget increases. “Before the live rounds it’s a lot of H&M, Zara, PixieMarket and Bebe. For the live rounds, we got to Barneys, Neiman Marcus and Saks.”

Once they’re dressed, the contestants head to the makeup department, where Gilmore and her team of artists apply stage-worthy looks inspired by the latest runway shows and magazine editorials. “We want to create a Grammy-style look for each performance,” says Gilmore, who uses products from go-to brands Temptu, Stila and Makeup Forever. Even the men get groomed. “We’ve always been less is more on guys, but due to the specific look of the show after it’s recorded, we’ve  found that every single inch of the skin that shows has to have pigment on it. A lot of people don’t realize we actually apply makeup [to the contestants'[ ears and hands.”

When it comes to hair, Finch’s approach is similar to her glam squad counterparts. “I love that evolution of seeing contestants get more star-like, but I’ve also learned that sometimes holding off on glamming someone up can be good. Now I really try to incorporate who they are into the style instead of making them into everyone else’s version of a pop star, because that’s boring.”

Last night brought the departure of Melanie Martinez — and her bows — and Amanda Brown, now as the show counts down to the finale, Cassadee, Nicholas, Terry and Trevin will definitely be dressed for Battle Rounds.

Click on to find out how the style team works with each of the final four contestants. SEE PHOTOS

 NEXT: Cassadee Pope

Robin, Ted and more 'How I Met Your Mother' characters get wardrobe makeovers -- EXCLUSIVE

FLASHBACK: Remember when Robin couldn’t dress to save her life?

You might have noticed that the Canadian-pop-star-turned-journalist has stepped up her style lately, now HIMYM costume designer Reiko Kurumada tells EW that the whole gang will be dressing better this season.

Kurumada, who has been part of the wardrobe team since the series pilot, formally stepped into the head role last fall. Since taking the reins, she’s been helping Robin, Ted, Marshall, Lily and yes, even Barney, update their looks.

“In the previous years our show looked like it took place in L.A. when it’s actually New York. East Cost style compared to West Coast style is very different,” Kurumada said. “We’ve taken away a lot of patterned clothing and we’re [dressing the characters] to highlight seasonal changes. [We] want to make the show fashion forward while at the same time sticking with classic, elegant, styles and lines. That was something that was missing in previous seasons.”

Click through the gallery to find out how Kurumada has tweaked each character’s wardrobe. SEE PHOTOS

Next: Robin Scherbatsky 

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