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Andrew Bolton

Andrew Bolton

Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, has curated some of The Met’s most visited exhibitions, including Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011) and China: Through the Looking Glass (2015), as well as The Met’s most attended show Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination (2018). He has written more than 14 books, lectures widely, and contributes to numerous publications. Prior to joining The Met in 2002, he worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for nine years. Born in Great Britain, he earned a B.A. and M.A. from the University of East Anglia. He has received several awards, including the 2015 Vilcek Prize in Fashion.

Raissa Bretaña

Raissa Bretaña

Raissa Bretaña is a New York-based fashion historian and faculty member at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she teaches a course on the History of Costume and Fashion in Film. She got her start in the research department at Western Costume Company in 2011, and continues to work as a consultant to costume designers for period film and television productions. Raissa hosts a video series for Glamour—in which she fact-checks historical costumes in popular media—and has also appeared in videos for Vanity Fair and Turner Classic Movies. Raissa is the author of the Shoes Tiny Folio (Abbeville Press, 2021). She has published and lectured on a variety of fashion history topics, including nineteenth-century dress reform, the Golden Age of Couture, fashion in the American women’s suffrage movement, and historical dress in Hollywood film.

Mark Bridges

Mark Bridges

Born and raised in Niagara Falls, New York, Mark received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from Stony Brook University. He then worked at the legendary Barbara Matera Costumes in New York City as a shopper for a wide range of Broadway, dance and film projects. Following Matera’s, Mark earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in costume design from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. While still living in in New York City, Mark began working in film whenever possible, first as design assistant to Colleen Atwood on the Jonathon Demme film Married to the Mob and Assistant Costume designer on the film In the Spirit with Marlo Thomas and Elaine May.

Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn is known as the Emmy winning co-host and mentor for 16 seasons of Lifetime’s cornerstone series “Project Runway,” where he also served as one of the show’s producers. He and co-host Heidi Klum won the 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program, nabbing the award after his first nomination. 2017 marked the duo’s fifth consecutive nomination in the category and the show has received thirteen consecutive nominations for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. In addition to his work on “Project Runway,” Gunn also served as an Executive Producer, mentor and co-host of “Project Runway Junior” for two season that challenged young designers between 13-17 years old.

Deborah Nadoolman Landis, PhD

Deborah Nadoolman Landis

Deborah Nadoolman Landis, PhD, costume designer, historian and endowed chair at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television Landis is the Founding Director of the David C. Copley Center for Costume Design. Landis received an M.F.A. in costume design from UCLA and a Ph.D. in the history of design from the Royal College of Art, London. Her distinguished career includes Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Trading Places (1983), The Three Amigos (1987), Coming to America (1988), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, and the groundbreaking music video Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1983). Now considered ‘classic,’ the characters that she designed, like Indiana Jones, have become international cultural icons. Multiple generations have embraced these characters and they still resonate with audiences. Her costume designs have found their way into the collections of museums including the Smithsonian Museum of American History (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones), the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame (Michael Jackson’s Thriller) and most recently, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Coming to America).

Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie

Costume and fashion designer Bob Mackie is a nine- time Emmy Award winner, Geoffrey Beene CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and has three Oscar nominations. Most recently he received a 2019 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for his work on The Cher Show. His Broadway credits include Moon Over Buffalo and Putting It Together, starring Carol Burnett, Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Minnelli on Minnelli, Lorelei with Carol Channing, and On the Town with Bernadette Peters and Phyllis Newman. Broadway on television: “Once Upon a Mattress” starring Carol Burnett, “Gypsy” starring Bette Midler, “Carousel,” “Brigadoon,” “Of Thee I Sing,” and “Kismet.” His inventive and memorable designs have helped raise entertainers like Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Cher, Elton John, Ann-Margret, Bernadette Peters, Mitzi Gaynor, Carol Burnett, Bette Midler, Pink, and Cher to iconic status both onscreen and off.

B Michael

B Michael

B Michael is a co-founder, fashion designer, and creative director of B Michael Global. Presently, he is the chief designer for the brand’s couture and ready-to-wear designer collections. He received acclaim designing the costumes for Whitney Houston with Ruth Carter for Whitney Houston’s last film, “Sparkle,” and ballet costumes for the Joffrey Ballet’s premiere of “Windy Sand,” and received numerous commissions to design for film and television. B Michael started his early career as a millinery (Hat) designer for the hit TV show “Dynasty,” and later worked as a millinery designer for Louis Feraud of Paris and Oscar de la Renta. B Michael is a member of the Council of the Fashion Designers of America ( CFDA ) and serves on the board of the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP). In 2016, he was awarded the prestigious Design Visionary Award by the Lighthouse Guild.

Isis Mussenden

Isis Mussenden

Isis Mussenden’s extensive costume design career includes feature films as well as numerous long format shows, commercials, and animation.  Her credits include The Chronicles of Narnia trilogy, Because of Sex, American Psycho and The Wolverine. She is equally adept at historical drama, horror, comedy, and fantasy.  Her animation works includes Shrek, Shrek 2 and Puss and Boots.  Her work has earned her a Costume Designers Guild Award, Science Fiction Academy Saturn Award, and a BAFTA nomination.  Isis is currently serving her second term on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences representing the Costume Designer’s Branch.  In addition, she is an officer currently the VP Chair of the Museum Committee.  Her latest project “The Wheel of Time,” an epic fantasy series if currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

Zac Posen

Zac Posen

Zac Posen is an internationally acclaimed fashion designer and cookbook author who appeared as a judge on six seasons of the Emmy-nominated Project Runway.

Posen launched his eponymous collection in 2001 with a vision for modern American glamour that married couture technique with striking innovation. Raised in New York, Zac began his design training early. He attended London’s Central Saint Martin’s University in the womenswear program. In 2004, he was awarded one of fashion’s most prestigious honors, Swarovski’s the Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear by the CFDA. In 2015, Zac Posen was also awarded Designer of the Year by Women’s Wear Daily and Variety Magazine. Zac is known globally for his technique in artisanal craftsmanship, anatomical construction and textile manipulation. His daywear, suiting and red-carpet eveningwear are infused with his bold sophistication, sexy femininity and distinctive glamour.

Sandy Powell

Sandy Powell

Boldness, creativity, precision and attention to detail are all hallmarks of three-time Academy Award winning Costume Designer Sandy Powell who has become a recognizable personality in her own right thanks to her distinctive personal style.

Powell has already broken two Oscar records with the distinction of 15 Best Costume Design nominations – more than any living designer. This astounding feat appears even more impressive knowing that she is also the only designer living to have achieved a double nomination three times — In 2019 with the royal pomp romp The Favourite and the natty ’30s-era stylings of the musical comedy Mary Poppins Returns. In 2015 for her work on “Carol” a story of forbidden love and the reimagining of Cinderella and again in 1998 while attiring the ensemble casts of the glam rock salute Velvet Goldmine and Shakespeare in Love for which she took home the Golden Statue.

Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott has never been one to go along with conventional wisdom. The Kansas City, Missouri-born designer—who is the Creative Director of both his namesake label and the Italian fashion house Moschino—has long disrupted the fashion world, creating signatures out of kitsch, pop, camp, neon, sparkle, fearlessness and incisive humor. For Scott, this industry has always been about divining fun and cleverness from the moment, so long as that enjoyment can be had while marching to the beat of one’s own drum.

Kimberly Truhler

Kimberly Truhler

Film and fashion historian Kimberly Truhler has spent more than 25 years researching Hollywood history, 10 years curating vintage clothing, and years working in LA’s Fashion District. In 2009, she founded GlamAmor.com and has since written hundreds of articles on iconic costume design and its influence on fashion. She has taught the History of Fashion in Film as an Adjunct Professor at Woodbury University, host of multiple screening series for the American Cinematheque, guest speaker for museums and other cultural institutions, and producer of more than 20 events online. Due to her knowledge and experience, Truhler has been a respected expert for organizations such as TCM, National Film Registry, Christie’s auction house, Elle magazine, and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). In 2019, she appeared in all four parts of CNN’s docu-series American Style. Truhler published her first book Film Noir Style: The Killer 1940s in 2021 and is a contributor to the upcoming Encyclopedia of Film and Television Costume Design.

Sylvia Yount

Sylvia Yount

Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge, The American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sylvia Yount is responsible for the administrative and curatorial oversight of the American Wing. Previously, she held curatorial leadership positions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the High Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. At The Met, she has prioritized broadening the department’s collecting and programming to be more inclusive of underrepresented artists from across the continent—particularly women and people of color—and has recently co-curated exhibitions of historical Native American art, Jacob Lawrence, and Winslow Homer. She received a PhD and a MA in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Italian from New York University.

Zaldy

Zaldy

ZALDY is a three-time Emmy Award winning costume designer working in television, live stage and music tours. Coming from the world of fashion where Zaldy presented eight NYFW namesake  runway collections, while also acting as head designer for Gwen Stefani’s  L.A.M.B. Collection . His work with Gwen led to designing major music tours for artists such as Michael Jackson’s “This Is It”, Lady Gaga’s  “Monster Ball” Britney Spears “Femme Fatale”, Pinks “Beautiful Trauma” as well as creating major looks for Katy Perry’s “ Witness” and Lady Gaga’s “Joanne” tour among many others.

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