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Times Square Costume Exhibit Showstoppers! Will Help the Industry

July 8, 2021 07:05 | By
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Showstoppers! Rendering (Thinc Design)

Deadline is reporting exclusively about a new costume exhibit opening in New York’s Times Square, which will show off costumes from Broadway shows, TV series, and films, which will open for eight weeks on August 5. Presented by the Costume Industry Coalition, which was formed recently to help the beleaguered custome costume industry and how it was affected by the pandemic, the exhibit is called, Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen.

All proceeds from the exhibit, which runs through Sept. 26, will raise money for the Costume Industry Coalition Recovery Fund.

Showstoppers! will open at a former Modell’s sporting goods store in Manhattan’s theater district, located at 234 West 42nd Street, a 20,000-square-foot exhibition space that’s been designed and transformed by international exhibition firm, Thinc Design.

The exhibit will feature 100 of the industry’s “most beautiful and complex garments,” including work from Amazon‘s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; the upcoming Bond film No Time to Die; the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect; the musicals, Wicked and Dear Evan Hansen, and much more. Costume makers and experts will also be on-site to demonstrate technique and skills.

Other Broadway and off-Broadway shows on display will include A Soldier’s Play, Aladdin, Chicago, Come From Away, The Cher Show, Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, Golden Child, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Lion King, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Phantom of the Opera, Six and Wicked. Other TV shows confirmed, included Apple TV+‘s Dickinson and Saturday Night Live.

Other industries, companies and groups showing costumes will include American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, the Martha Graham Dance Company, San Francisco Ballet, Disney World, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, Broadway Bares and other opera companies.

Brian Blythe of John Kristiansen New York, Inc., a founding member of the coalition, told Deadline“We’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of support we have received since we launched the Costume Industry Coalition in June of last year. While so many parts of the entertainment industry are announcing reopening plans, the majority of our members continue to feel the impact of being mostly dormant for over a more than a year.”

“The generosity of our partners, donors and clients – who are lending us over 100 amazing costumes – will not only be a wonderful way to raise money for our Recovery Fund, but will help showcase our talented workforce of costuming experts.”

Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen is produced by the Costume Industry Coalition and Artisans Guild of America, in partnership with Madison International Realty, Kaplen Brothers Fund, Kevin Duda Productions and Thinc Design.

Tickets are available at ShowstoppersNYC.com.