Designing Hollywood 2006 Highlights

Designing Hollywood 2006 took place on May 22 at Manhattan hotspots Crobar and Pink Elephant.
The event is NYWIFT's gala spring fundraising event, exploring the confluence of fashion, film and television.

The honorees — make-up artist Nicki Ledermann, costume designer Ellen Lutter and hair stylist Lyndell Quiyou — have used their considerable talents to bring to life some of the most memorable movie characters in recent years — from show girls, pin-ups and geishas, to gangsters, cops and goons!

The evening was hosted by Jeannie Park, executive editor of People.  Celebrity presenters included actress Gretchen Mol (Nicki Lederman), director Tom DiCillo (Ellen Lutter) and Julia Roberts (Lyndell Quiyou).

The program included a discussion and film clips highlighting the work of our talented honorees and a display of costumes, photos and sketches from the designer's collections.   A reception followed.

About the Honorees:

Make-up artist Nicki Ledermann

Nicki  Ledermann moved to New York City from Germany.  She got her start in print  and working on fashion runway shows and music videos, moving on to design makeup
Nicki Ledermann
Nicki Ledermann
for such independent films as Palookaville, Happiness and Jesus' Son.  Her studio productions include The Notorious Bettie Page and The Devil Wears Prada. She is a two-time Emmy nominee for Sex and the City, for which she won the Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards in 2004.

Costume designer Ellen Lutter

Ellen Lutter
Ellen Lutter
Ellen Lutter
started working in film as a production manager (and on costumes) on an ultra-low-budget Troma film called Squeeze Play directed by Charles Kaufman. Realizing that costume design was her calling, she took classes and began working as a wardrobe supervisor. Her first official costume design job was on Kaufman's low-budget  Mother's Day. She went on to design Living in Oblivion, Flirting with Disaster, Cop Land and A Price Above Rubies.  Her collaboration with Adam Sandler began in 1998 with Big Daddy.  Since then she has been the costume designer on five additional Sandler films — Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds, 50 First Dates, The Longest Yard and the upcoming Click.

Hair stylist Lyndell Quiyou

A native of Trinidad & Tobago, Lyndell Quiyou began her career 30 years ago in the theatre.  She started her film career as Joe Tuben's assistant on Hair and now has more than 50 films to her credit, including Chicago, The Big Chill, The Cotton Club, King of Comedy, Fatal Attraction, Lolita, A Few Good Men, My Best Friend's Wedding, Men Don't Leave and Memoirs of a Geisha. Her television credits include Saturday Night Live, WNET's The Royal Family and The Big Blonde and HBO's Scrambled Feet. Quiyou recently returned to Broadway for Three Days of Rain.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts