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Oscar Nominee: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button For Best Costume Design

As we gear up for the Oscars, I'll be featuring the nominees for Best Costume Design. It's a big year for this category as the films nominated represent several vastly different historical periods. Be it eighteenth century England or San Francisco in the '70s, these films include some gorgeous threads. Today's featured movie is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

No matter what you think of Benjamin Button overall, most agree that the movie is a stunning technical and visual achievement, and part of this is the gorgeous costuming. Director David Fincher sets his magical tale inside a sepia-toned universe, allowing the costumes to indicate the changing times throughout the story while the palette gives it all a mystical effect — as if we've dusted off some old photo book in our grandparents' attic. That is, until Cate Blanchett's character bursts onto the screen in a vibrant red dress or Tilda Swinton glides across a room in a luxurious fur. These costumes tell us the movie isn't just a window into the past but a vibrant living thing to be experienced in the now.

To check out the romantic costumes for yourself,

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Photos courtesy of Paramount Pictures

eowynnie eowynnie 8 years
I wanted Cate's red dress and her red hair... all so gorgeous.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Nothing can compete with The Duchess this year.
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
This one is my costume pick. Jacqueline West did an amazing job of the aging and dying, as well as embellishing almost everything with buttons.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I know some people had issues with this movie, and I had my own as well, but I also loved it and feel like you're absolutely right on the effect of the tones/costumes used.
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