Among those items, Phillips said she very much enjoyed designing and making the blue and white striped silk day dress the Duchess wore in the South of France scenes. The odds of Phillips taking home her first Oscar are hopeful: she has already nabbed the Costume Designers Award for her work on the film.

Arianne Phillips for 'W.E.,' 2012 - Photos - Oscars picks for best costume design

Michael O'Connor designs nominated for the film "The Duchess."

Oscars 2017: The Academy's picks for best costume design

Oscars The Academy's picks for best costume design: Knightley plays the character Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire.

Phantom of the Opera, "Bonbon Girl" costume, (Maria Bjornson)

Because I used to be a costumer and I love stuff like this. Phantom of the Opera, "Bonbon Girl" costume, (Maria Bjornson)

Though Michael Fassbender's slave owner character was a volatile man, McQueen "wanted him to be kind of romantic," Norris says. For that look, his character wore looser shirts with fuller sleeves. Norris also favored the vests worn by Fassbender because of the lace-up feature in the back. "If the clothes are weird, I tend to go for them," says the designer, who has already nabbed a Costume Designers Guild award for her work on the film.

Patricia Norris for '12 Years a Slave,' 2014 - Photos - Oscars picks for best costume design

While Bridges mostly stayed true to Pynchon’s descriptions of the characters, the designer veered a bit off course when it came to Martin Short's Dr. Rudy Blatnoyd. In the book, Blatnoyd is described as wearing an ultra violet velvet suit. Though Bridges ultimately recreated the look, he ended up dressing Short in a plum suit he designed so as not to have the brighter costume take the audience's focus off the story.

Mark Bridges for 'Inherent Vice,' 2015 - Photos - Oscars picks for best costume design

Colleen Atwood for 'Into the Woods,' 2015 - Photos - Oscars picks for best costume design - NY Daily News

Janet Patterson designs nominated for the film "Bright Star."

Oscars 2017: The Academy's picks for best costume design

To contrast the dark, harsh tones of Malificent, Sheppard sought inspiration from Shakespeare’s Ophelia to channel Aurora’s innocent, ethereal look. "(Elle Fanning) is very beautiful, and I didn't want the costume to overwhelm who she is in the movie," Sheppard explains. "I didn't want the costumes to be too complicated."

Anna B. Sheppard for 'Maleficent,' 2015 - Photos - Oscars picks for best costume design

Colleen Atwood for 'Into the Woods,' 2015 - Photos - Oscars picks for best costume design - NY Daily News

Mark Bridges

Oscars 2017: The Academy's picks for best costume design

Because Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) was a governess who wore somewhat of a uniform, O’Connor had his work cut out for him if he wanted to avoid having the main character blend in the background. He opted for cotton and linen fabrics, with subtle checkered patterns.

Michael O'Connor for 'Jane Eyre,' 2012 - Photos - Oscars picks for best costume design

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William Ivey Long's costume sketch for the "Grey Gardens" Broadway musical. Little Edie.

Exclusive Photo Flash: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY's 'Atta Girls' Bring William Ivey Long's Fashions to Life!

Exclusive Photo Flash: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY's 'Atta Girls' Bring William Ivey Long's Fashions to Life!

'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' - Nominee: Jacqueline West Jacqueline West had to design costumes that matched the main character's life span, from 1918 to 2005, encompassing 1920s New Orleans, 1940s merchant marine-wear and 1960s bohemia. West was previously nominated in 2000 for 'Quills.' This red gown was designed for Cate Blanchett's character Daisy.

Oscars 2017: The Academy's picks for best costume design

Jacqueline West for 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,' 2009 - Photos - Oscars picks for best costume design - NY Daily News

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