“It’s a really fun time for contemporary costume design,” says first-time Emmy-nominated costume designer Alex Bovaird (“The White Lotus”) on the state of contemporary costume design. For our recent online chat, she adds: “I’ve noticed that people take a lot more risks. People maybe want to be a little more upbeat, a little more colorful,” she says. “There’s just a lot of variety compared to 10 years ago. I remember walking through Barneys New York and everything was dark. Absolutely everything. I think it’s quite different now. It’s a fun time for fashion and I’ve noticed people are making all kinds of interesting choices. Watch our exclusive video interview above.
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“The White Lotus” was created by Mike White, who wrote and directed all six episodes of the anthology drama. The series follows a week in the life of the employees of the fictional White Lotus resort on Maui and the guests who look forward to a week of rest and relaxation among the swaying palm trees, cocktails and idyllic sunsets of this getaway on a tropical island. However, things aren’t quite what they seem at first, as we learn more about the dysfunctional vacationers and the resort’s beleaguered staff, all of whom come to a head in the series finale. dynamite series as the identity of the mysterious corpse that features in the series’ opening scene is finally revealed.
The streak of 20 Emmy nominations includes eight of the actors, with Murray Bartlett, Jacques Lacy and Steve Zahn competing in the race for Best Limited Series/Movie Supporting Actor, while legendary comedian Jennifer Coolidge, Connie Breton, Alexandra Daddario, Natasha Rothwell and Sydney Sweeney occupy all but two spots in the corresponding women’s roster, marking the first time that five women have been nominated in a single series in a category. Seven of the nominated actors are also debutants, with only Britton being a past nominee (for “Friday Night Lights,” “American Horror Story” and “Nashville”). White is also an Emmy debutant, nominated three times, for Producer in Best Limited Series and also in the Writing and Directing categories. And of course, Bovaird herself is up for her first nomination alongside industry peers from “black-ish,” “Euphoria,” “Hacks,” “Only Murders in the Building” and “Pam & Tommy”.
Bovaird is thrilled that the Emmys include a category for contemporary costume, celebrating the nuanced and subtle work that is often overlooked in catch-all costume design categories where period and fantasy work often eclipses their more modern brethren. . “Because everyone dresses up, they don’t have as much respect for contemporary costume. I think it’s actually harder to do in my experience, I find it harder to work on contemporary projects, sometimes because everyone has a point of view. Everyone has something to say,” she explains. “So it can be quite difficult to get out of it.”
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