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Costume Nominations Recognize Those Who Dress to Impress


Awards show season is heating up. Costume designers from nine films and eight television shows were nominated this week for the Costume Designers Guild awards. The winners will be honored at the third annual Costume Designers Guild awards show March 17 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The nominees for excellence in contemporary costume design in film are Joseph Aulisi ("Charlie's Angels"), Jeffrey Kurland ("Erin Brockovich"), Laura C. Bauer ("High Fidelity"), Louise Frogley ("Traffic") and Louise Mingenback ("X-Men").

For period costume design in film, the nominees are Betsy Heimann ("Almost Famous"), Renee Ehelich Kalfus ("Chocolat"), Rita Ryack ("Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas") and Jacqueline West ("Quills").

On television, the nominees for contemporary costume design are Yana Syrkin and Kathleen Detoro ("Ally McBeal"), Patricia Field ("Sex and the City"), Lyn Paolo ("The West Wing") and Lori Eskowitz ("Will & Grace").

In the period/fantasy television genre, Debra McGuire was nominated for "Freaks and Geeks," Hope Hanafin for "Geppetto," Carol Ramsey for "Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis" and Melina Root for "That '70s Show."


IMG, the largest non-network producer of sports and cultural programming in the world, this week acquired the rights to stage the biannual New York fashion shows from the production arm of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The Cleveland-based model and sports conglomerate represents top models, including Brazilian bombshell Gisele Bundchen and Sudanese-born Alek Wek, as well as sports stars Serena and Venus Williams and Tiger Woods.

The company plans to explore television opportunities for New York fashion week beyond the coverage already running on E! Networks.

"There are similarities between fashion and sports in terms of their worldwide appeal and the superstar potential of the personalities," said Mark McCormack, IMG founder and chief executive. "Our resources around the world can help New York fashion become even better known and celebrated."


Reuters reports from London that underwire bras are making washing-machine repair workers crazy.

Bra wires have become the biggest cause of blockages or damage to washing machines in Britain, electrical repairs group Curry's Coverplan said.

"With underwired bras now accounting for over half the bra sales in Britain, it's a growing hazard for washing machines," Sue Loder, of bra experts Triumph International, said Thursday.

Triumph reckons 75% of British women wash bras in the machine, more than any other Europeans. The answer: Wash underwired bras in a pillowcase, experts say.

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