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NYWIFT Announces 2015 Designing Women Honorees

NEW YORK WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION’S DESIGNING WOMEN

WILL HONOR MAKEUP, HAIR AND COSTUME DESIGNERS

AND RECOGNIZE BEHIND-THE-SCENES TALENT

Trai Byers and Gretchen Mol to Present Awards at Gala Event on May 28
To Makeup Artist Beverly Jo Pryor, Hair Stylist Francesca Paris and
Oscar-Winning Costume Designer Ann Roth

The Variety Ensemble Award Will Be Given To
The Makeup, Hair and Costume Team for Orange Is the New Black

NEW YORK, NY, May 11, 2015 – New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), which has supported the advancement of women in the entertainment industry for over 37 years, will pay tribute to renowned costume designers, makeup artists and hair stylists in film, television and digital media at the 2015 New York Women in Film & Television Designing Women Awards Gala on the evening of Thursday, May 28. The 15th annual event, co-presented by Variety, is a unique showcase that celebrates the creative intersection of design, character and storytelling, and brings together actors, producers, directors, writers, fashion industry influencers and designers.

New York Women in Film & Television’s Designing Women will take place in the Scholastic Building in SoHo starting at 7 p.m. The awards program will feature a display of costumes and sketches, as well as photographs and film clips highlighting the work of the talented honorees. A special reception will follow the presentation.

The 2015 Designing Women honorees include:

  • Makeup Artist Beverly Jo Pryor (Empire, Selma, Lee Daniels' The Butler)
  • Hair Stylist Francesca Paris (Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, also known for her work in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Two Weeks Notice)
  • Costume Designer Ann Roth (Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design in The English Patient, also known for her work in Mamma Mia! and Mildred Pierce)

Presenters in the 2015 Designing Women ceremony include:

  • Actor Trai Byers (Empire, Selma, 90210)
  • Actress and Model Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire, The Notorious Bettie Page, Rounders)

The Variety Ensemble Award will be given to the makeup, hair and costume design team of Orange Is the New Black.

“Every year we’re inspired by our Designing Women honorees. This particular group demonstrates incredible leadership and passion for storytelling through design,” says New York Women in Film & Television Executive Director Terry Lawler. “They’re transforming the entertainment industry and helping us set new standards. We encourage everyone to join us and take part in this celebration to support our colleagues and these remarkable women.”

New York Women in Film & Television’s Designing Women Awards is one of the entertainment industry’s most exciting spring events. To purchase tickets, please visit www.NYWIFT.org or call 212-679-0870. The event costs $75 for New York Women in Film & Television members and $150 for non-members.


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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