How the Costume Design Oscar Race Sets a High Bar for Period Looks

Dazzling duds dominate the Oscar race for costume design this year.Ann Roth landed her fifth nomination and potential second win for “Ma Rainey’s BlackBottom”; the costume designing legend only had a few scarce pictures of the real-life Rainey to use as research but she managed to bring the Godmother of Blues to life.As Rainey, Viola Davis rocked a show-stopping blue velvet dress over a rubber suit, which gave Davis a big- ger frame similar to the real Rainey.

Chadwick Boseman’s dapper Levee also had to make a big impression, especially his shoes, as those items stand in for more than just nice footwear.“Mank’s” Trish Summerville is a debutante at Oscar’s ball this year.

Despite having worked in black and white before on projects — she dressed Justin Timberlake and Jay Z for the “Suit & Tie” music video — the David Fincher-helmed film marks

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