Designing Women 2011 Highlights
New York Women in Film & Television's Designing Women Awards were presented on May 23, 2011, to the unsung heroines of production—the costume designers, makeup artists and hairstylists who complete the look of a character and influence the world of fashion and style.

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Janie Bryant
’s work as a costume designer on the acclaimed series Mad Men made her the talk of the design world. Clothing and fashion have been an obsession for the Emmy Award-winner ever since her childhood in Cleveland, Tennessee, when she created fabulous clothing for all her dolls. Her big break came when she was asked to design costumes for David Milch's television series Big Apple. Her collaboration with Milch continued two years later, when he hired her to design his acclaimed HBO series Deadwood, for which she received numerous nominations and awards, including an Emmy for "Outstanding Costumes for a Series” in 2005.

Mad Men started a new chapter in Bryant's career. She has received national and international praise for her work on the series; the Costume Designer Guild has honored her with three consecutive nomination for "Outstanding Costume Design for Television Series—Period/Fantasy," which she won in both 2009 and 2010. She was also honored with the Edith Head Award at Fashion Group International's Night of Stars in 2010; was included as a fashion icon in “ELLEments of Personal Style: 25 Modern Fashion Icons on How to Dress, Shop and Live”; was voted fashion's most influential of 2010 by Refinery29; and was included in the 2010 Vanity Fair 100 most influential people of the year.

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Linda Melazzo
brings her love of fine arts to her acclaimed work as a makeup artist. Melazzo honed her skills in print advertising and commercials, before working on Brian DePalma’s The Untouchables and the John Hughes films Home Alone, Home Alone II-Lost in NY, Baby’s Day Out and Dennis the Menace. She became the personal makeup artist for Walter Matthau, working on such films as Grumpy Old Men, Out To Sea, Odd Couple II and The Grass Harp. Robert Altman’s Cookie’s Fortune was followed by Stir of Echoes with Kevin Bacon, and the feature Novocaine, during which she became the personal makeup artist for Laura Dern. Melazzo then took assignments in Tunisia, Morocco and Italy, including Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, shot in Rome, and Tristan & Isolde, shot in Ireland and the Czech Republic. While in Ireland, she found out she had been awarded an Emmy for her work on the HBO movie Normal.

Melazzo returned to North America in 2004 to work on Brokeback Mountain, then All The King’s Men, where she became the personal makeup artist for Kate Winslet, doing her makeup on Little Children, The Holiday, Revolutionary Road, The Reader and the recent HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce. Melazzo continues to paint on canvas as well, and in 2006 and 2007, two of her paintings were chosen for a curated exhibit at The Pilsen Art Show in Chicago.

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Diana Sikes
, the personal hair stylist for Glenn Close in Damages and Department Head for the series. Her stellar recent credits include personal stylist to Timothy Olyphant on The Crazies, Russell Crowe’s personal stylist on American Gangster and Department Head on the HBO series In Treatment

Sikes was born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Chickasha, Oklahoma. She majored in Performing Arts at Oklahoma City University, before traveling around the country, appearing in various capacities, from a singer in an R&B band to performing on cruise ships. It was on a tour of Tommy, while doubling as actress and wig mistress, that she found her calling as a hairdresser and never looked back.

After supervising on Broadway in various shows, including Jesus Christ Superstar, The Glass Menagerie, The Full Monty, Footloose and The King and I (during which she met her husband), Sikes decided to further her career by taking the union test that made her eligible for work in film and television. Some of her first jobs were EDNY, Hate, Unfaithful and Catch Me If You Can. She has also worked with some of the most noted directors in Hollywood, including Ridley Scott, Darron Aronofsky, Sydney Lumet, Ron Howard, Ed Burns and Steven Spielberg, all of whom have counted on the skills of this gifted stylist to make the characters in their movies come alive.

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and IATSE, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Local 798, United Scenic
Artists Local 829, FilmNation, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Zoe Brands.

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