The 2021 Emmy Nominations – Outstanding Costumes

I am so beyond excited to share with you all the complete 2021 Emmy Nominations – Outstanding Costumes list. There is so much talent within this list, including many great friends of The Art of Costume! Congratulations to all of the talented costume designers, assistant costume designers, costume supervisors, and the countless crewmembers worldwide that helped bring these brilliant projects come to life.

Tune in Sunday, September 19 for the 73rd Emmy Awards hosted by Cedric the Entertainer on CBS and Paramount+.

2021 Emmy Nominations – Outstanding Costumes

Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes

The Handmaid’s Tale • Nightshade • Hulu • Hulu, MGM, Daniel Wilson Productions, The Littlefield Company, White Oak

Debra Hanson, Costume Designer
Jane Flanders, Costume Supervisor
Darci Cheyne, Assistant Costume Designer

Lovecraft Country • I Am. • HBO • HBO in association with afemme, Monkeypaw, Bad Robot, and Warner Bros. Television

Dayna Pink, Costume Designer
Zachary Sheets, Costume Supervisor
Terry Anderson, Assistant Costume Designer

The Mandalorian • Chapter 13: The Jedi • Disney+ • Lucasfilm Ltd.

Shawna Trpcic, Costume Designer
Julie Robar, Costume Supervisor
Sara Fox, Assistant Costume Designer

The Umbrella Academy • The Frankel Footage • Netflix • UCP for Netflix

Christopher Hargadon, Costume Designer
Heather Crepp, Assistant Costume Designer William Ng, Assistant Costume Designer
Jane Fieber, Costume Supervisor

WandaVision • Filmed Before A Live Studio Audience • Disney+ • Marvel Studios

Mayes C. Rubeo, Costume Designer
Joseph Feltus, Assistant Costume Designer
Daniel Selon, Assistant Costume Designer
Virginia Burton, Costume Supervisor

Outstanding Contemporary Costumes

black-ish • Our Wedding Dre • ABC • ABC Signature

Michelle R. Cole, Costume Designer
Juliann M. Smith DeVito, Costume Supervisor

Euphoria • F**k Anyone Who’s Not A Sea Blob • HBO • HBO in association with Reasonable Bunch, A24, Little Lamb, Dreamcrew, ADD Content Agency | HOT | Tedy Productions

Heidi Bivens, Costume Designer
Devon Patterson, Costume Supervisor
Angelina Vitto, Assistant Costume Designer

Hacks • There Is No Line (Pilot) • HBO Max • Universal Television in association with Paulilu, First Thought Productions,
Fremulon Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment

Kathleen Felix-Hager, Costume Designer
Karen Bellamy, Costume Supervisor

I May Destroy You • Social Media Is A Great Way To Connect • HBO • HBO in association with BBC, Various Artists Limited, FALKNA

Lynsey Moore, Costume Designer
Rosie Lack, Assistant Costume Designer
Debbie Roberts, Costume Supervisor

Mare Of Easttown • Miss Lady Hawk Herself • HBO • HBO in association with wiip Studios, The Low Dweller Productions,
Juggle Productions, Mayhem and Zobot Projects

Meghan Kasperlik, Costume Designer
Francisco Stoll, Costume Supervisor
Taylor Smith, Costume Supervisor
Laura Downing, Costume Supervisor
Jennifer Hryniw, Assistant Costume Designer

The Politician • New York State Of Mind • Netflix • A Fox21 Television Studios Production for Netflix

Claire Parkinson, Costume Designer
Lily Parkinson, Assistant Costume Designer
James Hammer, Assistant Costume Designer
Laura Steinmann, Costume Supervisor

Pose • Series Finale • FX Networks • FX Productions in association with 20th Century Television

Analucia McGorty, Costume Designer
Michelle Roy, Assistant Costume Designer
Linda Giammarese, Costume Supervisor

Bridgerton • Diamond Of The First Water • Netflix • A Netflix Original Series in association with shondalandmedia

Ellen Mirojnick, Costume Designer
John W. Glaser III, Costume Designer
Sanaz Missaghian, Costume Supervisor
Kenny Crouch, Costume Supervisor

The Crown • Terra Nullius • Netflix • Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television for Netflix

Amy Roberts, Costume Designer
Sidonie Roberts, Assistant Costume Designer
Giles Gale, Costume Supervisor

Halston • Versailles • Netflix • A Netflix Original Series

Jeriana San Juan, Costume Designer
Catherine Crabtree, Assistant Costume Designer
Cailey Breneman, Assistant Costume Designer
Anne Newton-Harding, Costume Supervisor

The Queen’s Gambit • End Game • Netflix • Netflix

Gabriele Binder, Costume Designer
Gina Krauss, Assistant Costume Designer
Katrin Hoffmann, Assistant Costume Designer
Nanrose Buchmann, Assistant Costume Designer
Sparka Lee Hall, Costume Supervisor

Ratched • Pilot • Netflix • A Fox21 Television Studios Production for Netflix

Lou Eyrich, Costume Designer
Rebecca Guzzi, Costume Designer
Allison Agler, Assistant Costume Designer
Betsy Glick, Costume Supervisor

Creating the Clone Club: Alison Hendrix

Warning, Spoilers for Orphan Black seasons 1-5. 

Within the first three minutes of Orphan Black, a BBC America tv series created by John Fawcett and Graeme Manson create a gripping series when Sarah Manning locks eyes with a woman in distress who looks exactly like her. Before she can ask any questions, the woman walks in front of the oncoming train, and Sarah makes the rash decision to steal her identity. This scene launches five seasons of a series that revolves around a group of illegal human clones trying to find the truth about their origins, save their lives, and find family. This series’s success relied on a combination of technical achievement, tour-de-force performance by Tatiana Maslany, and a master class in creating characters through hair, makeup, and costume. 

While the concept itself was difficult enough for directors, writers, camera, and editing teams to execute, the whole series hinged on who they decided to cast as the clones. These roles went to Tatiana Maslany, who played fourteen clone characters over the five-season run. Earing two Emmy nominations and one win.  

For Maslany, this was a massive undertaking. She had to create distinct mannerisms, accents, and personalities for each clone and then take those characters to develop each episode regularly, playing off herself. There are literally scenes where the only characters are the clones, and Maslany manages to make it work by giving each clone a distinctive personality. While this makes the series compelling and exciting, it’s the difference in each character’s look that offers viewers the visual cues needed to distinguish them as different characters, not just clones. This challenge was taken on by costume designers Laurie Drew and Debra Hanson

Tatiana Maslany as Sara Manning
Tatiana Maslany as Alison Hendrix
Tatiana Maslany as Sara Manning and double Kathryn Alexandre as Rachel

In season one, Laurie Drew created the wardrobe template for the core cast of clones, Alison, Cosima, Rachel, Sara, and Helena. She made a distinct look for each that reflected their role in society and their environment. After the first season, Debra Hanson took over as the wardrobe’s head for the rest of the series. She followed the template set by Drew as new clones were introduced while also evolving the wardrobe of those already present. Few of the clones go through more evolution on the show than Alison Hendrix. 

In an interview with Vanity Fair, lead hairstylist on the show, Sandy Sokolowski perfectly summed up Alison’s personality “Alison is always riding this line between being the perfect suburban mother and an insane person at the same time.” Of all the sisters in the clone club, Alison Hendrix is the only one with a sub-plot that doesn’t revolve around the quest to find answers and freedom. The revelation that she’s a clone out brings out the worst of her neurotic behavior and throws her substance abuse tendency into over-driver, cracking the suburban housewife facade. Despite all of this, Alison copes with dark humor and keeps the perfect athleisure soccer mom look.

Tatiana Maslany as Alison Hendrix

Since every character is played by Maslany, the differences between them need to be evident as soon as you look them in the face. This distinction starts with her hair and makeup. When talking with Vanity Fair, makeup artist Stephen Lynch described his thought process behind Alison’s perfect pink lips and purple eye makeup, “She found her makeup look in high school and never changed it.”, this makes a lot of sense. Alison is continually going on about how she wants her life to go back to her pre-clone life. It makes sense that in her pre-clone life, she wanted to go back to a simpler time when she didn’t have to worry so much about being watched and scrutinized by her neighbors. This scrutiny led Alison to have the tightly wound personality that is reflected in her pin-straight hair, perfect high ponytail, and bangs. However, Sokolowski put in small details to show the cracks, “The hair might have looked good front-on when you look at it in the mirror, but from the back it looks a little bit crazy.” While Alison’s hair may betray the inner anxiety, her wardrobe is never anything but soccer mom perfect. 

Tatiana Maslany as Alison Hendrix

With her children heavily involved in various sports, some of which Alison coaches, Athleisure is a staple of Alison’s wardrobe. From the first moment we meet her, the staples of Alison’s look are a tight long-sleeved shirt with thumb stilts with a puffer vest or jacket, yoga pants, and tennis shoes. In this, she’s showing those around her that she’s a mom on the move, ready for anything. 

Tatiana Maslany as Alison Hendrix
Tatiana Maslany as Alison Hendrix
Tatiana Maslany as Alison Hendrix

This is also the look Alsion presents when she decides to run to be a trustee on the school board. During her campaign, she punches this look to be more approachable with pinks and campaign paraphernalia. 

Tatiana Maslany as Alison Hendrix
Tatiana Maslany as Alison Hendrix
Tatiana Maslany as Alison Hendrix

When talking with InStyle costume department set supervisor Peter Webster said that Alison is “that kind of housewife/mom, where everything’s steamed and pressed.”  This statement could not be more accurate. When not chauffeuring her kids around or campaigning, Alison is the model housewife. She wears collared button-down shirts, sweaters, dark wash jeans, and the only accessory she wears besides her wedding ring, a cross necklace. As part of her effort to be the perfect housewife, she is also a devout churchgoer, often emploring the on high for answers. Through the series, Alison often finds herself involved in various church functions and on the receiving end of many pep talks from her reverend. Her modest dress and necklace are a nod to this ongoing devotion. 

Tatiana Maslany as Alison Hendrix
Tatiana Maslany as Alison Hendrix
Tatiana Maslany as Alison Hendrix

Alison sticks to this look through almost the entire series. That is until she decides to go on a vacation of self-discovery to Florida. When she comes back she looks like an entirely different person and says she’s exploring her “shadow self”. As a result of this exploration, Alison has decided to go for a more artsy look or at least what a housewife would consider artsy. For Alison, artsy means getting a bob with purple highlights that match her eyeshadow and flowing bohemian tops. For Alison, this is an outward symbol of her letting go of the standards she thought she had to live but now realizes she never did. It is also the culmination of Alison’s journey through the series. For Alison discovering she’s a clone allowed her to realize that she doesn’t need to live up to others’ expectations and free to do whatever she wants with her life.  

Next week we’ll dive into a clone who always lived her life to the fullest, Cosima. 

Tatiana Maslany as Alison Hendrix
Tatiana Maslany as Alison Hendrix
Tatiana Maslany as Alison Hendrix

Want to know more? Check out my sources.

Miller, Julie. “Here’s How Orphan Black Transforms Tatiana Maslany Into a Cast of Clones.” Vanity Fair, 2015,

Trudeau, Tessa. “On the Orphan Black Set: We’ve Got All the Costume Details!” InStyle, 2014,

“InnerSpace – Orphan Black: Behind the Scenes of ‘Gag of Throttle.'” CTV Sci-Fi Channel , 2017,

In the series the sisters often need to impersonate each other. Here are the times Alison had to be Sara.

Tatiana Maslany as Alison Hendrix being Sara Manning
Tatiana Maslany as Alison Hendrix being Sara Manning

The Emmys 2020 – Winners in OUTSTANDING COSTUMES

Just like that, The 2020 Emmys have passed. This, of course, was an event like never before, and even still, what a great program! Between the live streaming of the Creative Arts Emmys and the live broadcast on Sunday, I really enjoyed it. I believe the Emmys production team deserves so much credit.

Over the past week, many costume designers were recognized for their incredible contributions to costume design for television. If you would like to see the full list of nominees again, please follow this link. Once again, I cannot emphasize how happy The Art of Costume team is for each of the nominated costume designers that were highlighted at this year’s Emmys.

We now know our four winners! Let’s take a look at the Emmy winning costume designers between the four categories, Outstanding Period Costumes, Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes, Outstanding Contemporary Costumes, and Outstanding Costumes For A Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Program!

Outstanding Period CostumesThe Crown Costume Designer: Amy Roberts

I am so excited to see The Crown being honored once again for the incredible costume design. Amy Roberts took home the award last week for Outstanding Period Costumes. I am a huge fan of the costume design work for The Crown. The costumes are representative of the time period, following the lines of historical accuracy. Yet, the costume design team found many ways to breathe new life into these characters- making the show feel modern and fresh throughout the season. Congratulations!

Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television. Amy Roberts, Costume Designer. Sidonie Roberts, Assistant Costume Designer. Sarah Moore, Costume Supervisor

Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi CostumesWatchmen Costume Designer: Sharen Davis

Watchmen received a lot of honors at this year’s Emmy awards, and rightfully so! Sharen Davis was presented with this year’s Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes award! Watchmen lead the way with fascinating comic-book-inspired characters, bold colors, and innovative silhouettes. The costumes are one of the most fascinating parts of this show, and I am so happy for the Watchmen team in receiving this great honor!

HBO Entertainment in association with White Rabbit, Paramount Television, Warner Bros. Television & DC Comics. Sharen Davis, Costume Designer. Valerie Zielonka, Costume Supervisor

Outstanding Contemporary CostumesSchitt’s Creek • Costume Designer: Debra Hanson and Darci Cheyne

Oh boy! I have been acting like a disgruntled pelican ever since we received the news about the Schitt’s Creek win! The first sign of the now-famous “Schitt’s Sweep”! This is one of my all-time favorite shows and I am so happy for Debra Hanson, Darci Cheyne, and the entire Schitt’s Creek cast and crew for this incredible win. This show changed my life for the better and it is only fitting that the final season is given a send-off as incredible as this sweep.

Not A Real Company Productions, Inc. Debra Hanson, Costume Designer. Darci Cheyne, Assistant Costume Designer

Outstanding Costumes For A Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Program

The Masked Singer Costume Designer: Marina Toybina

Last but certainly not least, we have The Masked Singer. Marina Toybina took home this year’s Outstanding Costumes For A Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Program award. Such a deserving award. The costumes of The Masked Singer are stunning. At a glance, these costumes are fun, bright, energetic, and inspiring. Yet, the costumes are also so incredibly complex and push the costume design team to constantly challenge themselves. I am such a fan honestly. If you missed my interview with the costume designer, Marina Toybina, follow this link now!

FOX Alternative Entertainment Studios. Marina Toybina, Costume Designer. Grainne O’Sullivan, Costume Supervisor. Gabrielle Letamendi, Assistant Costume Designer. Candice Rainwater, Assistant Costume Designer

That’s a wrap! Congratulations one last time to all of the winners and nominees. Most of all, thank you to all of our readers for following along with us throughout the Emmys season! Stay safe everyone, wear a mask, and don’t forget to VOTE.

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