Q: How did the Lin­coln cos­tume de­signer cre­ate the looks for Sally Field and Daniel Day-Lewis? —Sheila L., Chicago

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A: The 16th pres­i­dent and his wife “were widely pho­tographed, so there was a wealth of ref­er­ence,” says cos­tume de­signer and first-time Os­car nom­i­nee Joanna John­ston. “Mary Todd Lin­coln had spe­cific color tastes—pur­ples, vi­o­lets, blues, pinks—which was fan­tas­tic. I had all the di­men­sions for Lin­coln’s trade­mark hat; I worked with a hat­maker in Italy, and it only took two at­tempts be­fore we got it per­fect. Daniel looked great in it!”

Cos­tume sketches for Pres­i­dent Lin­coln and the first lady

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