updated 02/20/2013 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 02/20/2013 AT 3:00 PM ET
It’s true: Movies wouldn’t be as magical without costumes. From Fantine’s tattered red frock in Les Misérables to Mary Todd Lincoln’s period-perfect gowns (both in the slideshow above), made-for-movie ensembles say a lot about a character and stir up viewers’ emotions.
So it was only “fitting” that on Tuesday night, just days before the Oscars, Hollywood’s hottest stars got together at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to celebrate the people who make those magical fashion moments real: costume designers.
Winners at the 15th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards included Skyfall designer Jany Temime, Anna Karenina’s Jacqueline Durran, Smash’s Molly Maginnis and Downton Abbey’s Caroline McCall. Judianna Makovsky, who designed such masterpieces as the Girl on Fire dress for The Hunger Games (see slideshow), earned the career achievement in film honor.