|Designing Hollywood 2008 Highlights
Designing Hollywood, NYWIFT's glamorous gala tribute to those unsung heroines of production—the costume designers, make-up artists and hair stylists who create the look of a character and influence the world of fashion and style.
Come mingle with hundreds of entertainment industry professionals as we celebrate the achievements of three incredibly talented women—hair stylist Colleen Callaghan, make-up artist Patricia Regan and costume designer Catherine Marie Thomas. Awards will be presented by Edward Burns, Bebe Neuwirth and Michele Marsh.
The evening will include photographs and film clips highlighting the work of our featured artists, a display of costumes from the designer's collections and a conversation with our talented honorees.
Cocktails and horsd'oehvres will be served. Proceeds from this festive event benefit NYWIFT programs.
One of the most in-demand hair stylists in the entertainment industry today, Colleen Callaghan is known for her amazing artistry. Nominated for two Academy Awards, for A Beautiful Mind and Roommates, and recipient of the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild, she has spent over four decades perfecting her craft.
Callaghan's credits include such memorable films as Sleepless in Seattle, Glengarry Glen Ross, 28 Days, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Grosse Pointe Blank, The Sunshine Boys, Faithful, Consenting Adults, When a Man Loves a Woman, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Prince of Tides, True Colors, Steel Magnolias, Broadcast News, Death Trap, Diary of a Mad Housewife, and The Last American Hero. Actors like Rene Zellweger, whose hair she styled in Down with Love, Chicago, Nurse Betty, The Bachelor and Cinderella Man, count on her to help them create memorable characters.
Callaghan grew up in Texas. She began performing as a singer at age three, and while traveling on concert tours, performing in local theater productions and on the radio, she discovered her second love — doing the hair of friends and fellow performers. By the time she was a teen, she had performed and done the hair in countless theater productions, finally ending up in New York City where she appeared on the Broadway stage and studied cosmetology in order to earn her license. At one point, Callaghan sang on stage in The Pajama Game with Julie Andrews, while serving as the production's hair stylist.
In 1961, Callaghan began styling hair for live television, working on such classic shows as The Gary Moore Show, The Perry Como Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and the Hallmark Hall of Fame. She continues to work in television, more recently on such programs as Empire Falls and The Street. In addition to her reputation for outstanding work across three media — television, film and theater — Callaghan has developed a reputation for sharing what she knows with up-and-coming stylists and giving back to her profession, including serving as President of Local 798.
"I am so lucky and forever grateful, for I love what I do," says make-up artist Patricia Regan, whose work spans all aspects of the entertainment industry, both here in the U.S. and abroad. Among her notable film credits: Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Margot at the Wedding, The Good Shepherd, Inside Man, 16 Blocks, Carlito's Way, Factotum, Coffee and Cigarettes, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Two Weeks Notice, Liberty Heights, The Funeral, The Addiction, Smoke, Blue in the Face, and the upcoming Shine A Light and Burn After Reading.
In addition to her memorable work for the movies, she has also served as a makeup artist on several of the most popular series on television, including NBC's Law and Order and, for cable, the HBO's comedy The Flight of the Conchords and the first season of the hit Bravo series Project Runway and many of MTV's Unplugged and the MTV Music Awards.
Regan, who was born and raised in Switzerland, originally moved to New York to study dance on a scholarship. It was while performing that she first became enamored of the power of make up to enhance the arts; "I always loved theatrical make-up and its ability to bring characters alive," explains the multi-talented artist, who used her experiences on stage to develop her skills behind the scenes.
"I made a gradual transition to becoming a make-up artist," she continues, "at first I found myself working with photographers for fellow performing arts friends and colleagues. From there, make-up has taken me on a journey through all aspects of music, television, rock ‘n roll, the beauty industry, commercials and, ultimately, to creating characters for feature films."
Catherine Marie (Cat) Thomas
Costume Designer Catherine Marie Thomas, known as Cat, has collaborated with many of the most innovative film directors working today. From the cutting edge bright yellow fight suit she designed for Uma Thurman in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, to the folksy attire sported by Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, her wide range of designs have helped to define some of the most memorable movie characters in recent films.
A native of Hyde Park, Chicago, Thomas studied at the Chicago Academy for the Arts and the Kansas City Art Institute, before beginning her career here in New York City as a designer in the costume shop at The Julliard School. Her rise in the industry has been swift. Since designing the costumes for her first feature assignment, Arresting Gina, only a decade ago, she's worked her magic on two dozen more productions. Among them are Neil Jordan's, The Brave One; Richard Linklater's Tape; Richard Shepard's The Matador, and Ethan Hawke's The Hottest State and Chelsea Walls. Thomas has collaborated with writer/director Edward Burns on four films: Purple Violets, The Groomsmen, Ash Wednesday and Sidewalks of New York.
Most recently, Thomas designed the costumes for the HBO film Grey
Gardens, directed by Michael Suscy, and all those bridesmaids gowns for the Anne Fletcher comedy 27 Dresses. She is currently working again with Anne Fletcher, designing the costumes for The Proposal. Thomas has been recognized for her work with nominations for two prestigious Costume Designers Guild Awards for Kill Bill: Volumes 1 and 2, and her work is featured in Deborah Nadoolman Landis's Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costumes, published by Harper Collins in 2007.