Saturday 21 April 2018

Devil in detail for honoured costume designer

’The Tudors’ costume designer Joan Bergin with her Emmy Award at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin
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’The Tudors’ costume designer Joan Bergin with her Emmy Award at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin last night
Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

THOUGH she was already back to work, Irish costume designer Joan Bergin was still celebrating last night after winning her third Emmy Award for her work on TV series ‘The Tudors’.

The series was the lushest and most detailed period drama ever to air on American TV and despite competition from the likes of ‘Glee' and ‘Mad Men', it is still picking up gongs a year after it wrapped.

Bergin, along with her team of wardrobe supervisor Susan Cave and assistant costumer designer Gabriel O'Brien, won the award for Outstanding Costumes for a Series at the 60th Annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles at the weekend.

“When you get onstage to pick up your award and look out at the thousands and thousands of faces, you do think of Ireland and it's an absolutely wonderful feeling,” she told the Irish Independent. However, the Dublin-born costumer had quite a journey to make it to the stage from her seat, given the cavernous size of the Nokia Theatre where the Emmys are held each year. It was a distance she made light of in her acceptance speech.

“It wasn't really planned but it was such a long walk from my seat to the stage, I joked to the audience about the Irish saying: ‘May you get to heaven five minutes before the devil knows your dead', but I added: ‘The walk was so long to get here, I thought the devil would catch up with me.' That went down very well,” Bergin said. Just a few hours after picking up her Emmy, Bergin flew back to Ireland yesterday morning, to resume work on new TV series ‘Camelot', shooting in Ardmore Studios, and the play ‘John Gabriel Borkman’ in Dublin’s Abbey Theatre.

Meanwhile, ‘The Tudors’ production designer Tom Conroy, art director Colman Corish and British set decorator Crispian Sallis also won an Emmy for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series at the ceremony, beating off competition from the artistic teams behind ‘Glee', ‘Heroes', and ‘Lost’.

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