Annie production still courtesy of Sony Pictures Publicity.
When fashion meets film, the results are some of the silver screen’s most striking moments—the majestic dancers announcing Elizabeth Taylor’s arrival in Rome in Cleopatra, Ursula Andress rising from the ocean in Dr. No, Jimmy Stewart’s first glance of the mysterious Kim Novak in Vertigo.
The costume designers, makeup artists, and hair stylists that shape a character’s legendary look may not be household names, but they undeniably play a vital role in making those characters shine. New York Women in Film & Television’s (NYWIFT’s) annual spring awards event, Designing Women, honors those artists behind the scenes. It will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 7 pm, at McGraw Hill (1221 Avenue of the Americas).
Co-presented by Variety, Designing Women originally began in 2000 as Designing Hollywood, and is one of the most unique events in the industry. The evening starts off with an awards presentation with video interviews and film clips, followed by a reception where attendees can mingle with the designers and celebrity presenters while viewing costumes, sketches, posters and stills illustrating the work of the honorees.
So who are this year’s talented honorees? Costume designer Renee Ehrlich Kalfus (Annie, Friends with Benefits, The Cider House Rules, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?), makeup artist Evelyne Noraz (American Hustle, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Rachel Getting Married) and hair stylist Kerrie Smith (Now You See Me, Behind the Candelabra, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Rescue Me). The Variety Ensemble Award will be presented to the costume, makeup and hair design team of The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, a new film to be released this spring, starring Robin Williams, Mila Kunis and Peter Dinklage.
This year’s celebrity presenters will be announced soon. Past presenters have included Tina Fey, Julia Roberts, S. Epatha Merkerson, Steve Buscemi, Glenn Close, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Baranski, Jodie Foster, Norah Jones and Edward Burns.
And just in case you need another reason to attend—you can feel good about the fact that the proceeds from Designing Women benefit the nonprofit educational programs of NYWIFT.
What are you waiting for? Tickets for Designing Women 2014 are on sale now.
NYWIFT member and graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology Nikia Nelson has been working in the fashion and entertainment industries for several years. She started her career working in magazine publishing in the fashion and photo departments. She was able to parlay her experience into working as a stylist & costume designer for fashion, film, and television. Nikia recently worked as Assistant Costume Designer for the Amazon series The Horror of Dolores Roach. Based on the hit Spotify podcast series of the same name, The Horror of Dolores Roach is a contemporary Sweeney Todd-inspired urban legend of love, betrayal, weed, cannibalism, and survival of the fittest. The series will premiere at the 2023 Tribeca Festival.READ MORE
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