Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran On her Third Oscar Nom: 'It Really Is About the Honor'

We've been crazy about the costumes for Anna Karenina since the first stills were released, and it looks like we're not the only ones: They've been nominated for this year's Best Costume Design Oscar. Costume designer Jacqueline Durran is behind the amazing wardrobe that brilliantly mixed Russian aristocracy with 1950s Dior couture.
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We've been crazy about the costumes for Anna Karenina since the first stills were released, and it looks like we're not the only ones: They've been nominated for this year's Best Costume Design Oscar. Costume designer Jacqueline Durran is behind the amazing wardrobe that brilliantly mixed Russian aristocracy with 1950s Dior couture.
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We've been crazy about the costumes for Anna Karenina since the first stills were released, and it looks like we're not the only ones: They've been nominated for this year's Best Costume Design Oscar.

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You once said you wouldn't be interested in doing scifi, but one of the first films you worked on was Star Wars: Episode II... I didn't have to generate the ideas [for Star Wars], I was just the assistant so I was looking for fabrics to help make the costumes. I didn't have to think up the costumes. My imagination just doesn't really work in the direction of science fiction or superheros because it's not really anything I watch.

Is there any style of film you want to do that you haven't done yet? Not really. I'm really interested in work where there's reference for what people really wore. The further you go back in time, the more imagination is required. I like seeing what people did wear and stylizing it but I like to know how it was at the time first. Logically, there's not real time for science fiction so I wouldn't like it.

Do you ever get excited looking at someone else's designs? I love looking at other people's designs. I love when they've done something so great, I think Colleen [Atwood] did fantastic work on Snow White and the Huntsman, with the medieval designs that look modern and beautiful--so often things like that don't.

You have experience dressing Keira--would you ever design something for her wedding day? No, I think that she always looks fantastic in Valentino. I would never take on the responsibility of designing someone's wedding dress, it's too important! [laughs]

There's always so much prep put into getting actresses red carpet ready--have you started planning? I'm having something made to wear to the Oscars. I hadn't seen anything around that I wanted to wear so that's why I have to make it... But sometimes the things you make don't turn out the way you hope, so hopefully it turns out!