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Superstars & Polos: Inside the Costume Designers Guild Awards

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If you stumbled upon Racked LA's Instagram feed last night, then you caught some behind-the-scene snaps from the 15th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards. French sportswear label Lacoste invited us to sit at their table at the ceremony, which honors excellence in costume design for film, television and commercial. Although the show isn't televised, tons of celebs turned up to honor the design stars who keep them looking good on screen.

Prior to the show, the cocktail hour featured a showcase of futuristic Lacoste polo shirts designed by four FIDM graduates: Dakota Keller, Jill Sorensen, Rebecca Howard and David Dean Cruz. Keller's spike-shouldered roller derby uniform and Cruz's Fifth Element-like tennis tee were big hits. Unlike the Critic's Choice Awards, dinner was served before the ceremony began to allow guests to chat and grub without interruption.

Community star Joel McHale hosted the gala and did a brilliant job keeping the crowd entertained. A hilarious moment came after Five-time Emmy nominee Eduardo Castro's exceptionally long acceptance speech for his Career Achievement in Television award. McCale simply said, "Holy shit," which was met by roaring laughter. More chuckles came when Steve Martin introduced Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels, who received the Distinguished Collaborator Award trophy: "A trophy is better than a plaque because people say they have a 'trophy wife.' They never say they have a 'plaque wife.'"

The last laugh came from Lacoste Spotlight Award winner, Anne Hathaway, who poked fun at her super-sparkly, silver paillette Gucci dress: "I'd like to take a moment of silence for all the disco balls that died during the making of this dress."
· Costume Designers Guild [Official Site]
· What It's Like Inside the Critics' Choice Movie Awards [Racked]