In the latest installment of “Academy Originals,” The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ documentary-style video series about the creative process, Oscar-winning costume designer Mark Bridges takes viewers inside the closet for an exploration of where his ideas come from.
Bridges may have won the Academy Award for his Golden Age of Hollywood-inspired costumes for “The Artist,” but most movie lovers will be familiar with his collaborative work with directors David O. Russell and Paul Thomas Anderson. Remember Jennifer Lawrence’s climactic dance outfit in “Silver Linings Playbook”? Or Adam Sandler’s beaming blue suit in “Punch Drunk Love”? What about Daniel Plainview’s iconic top hat in “There Will Be Blood”? You can thank Bridges for all of those cinematic clothing highlights and more. The costume designer is even back in the awards race this year with Anderson thanks to the 1970s-authenticism on display in “Inherent Vice.”
“When I’m looking for costumes, I’m always looking for them to speak volumes on their own,” Bridges exclaims. “The reason I am a costume designer is because it’s everything I’m interested in and everything I did as a kid all put into one job.”
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