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 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.
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.
In 1988, Mark worked as design assistant for designer Richard Hornung on the film Miller’s Crossing (1990), a collaboration that would continue for eight more films. In 1989, Mark relocated to Los Angeles to be Assistant Costume Designer to Richard Hornung on The Grifters (1990), Barton Fink (1991), Doc Hollywood (1991), Hero (1992), Dave (1993), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Natural Born Killers (1994), and Nixon (1995).
In 1995, Mark began his costume design collaboration with Paul Thomas Anderson, eventually designing all eight of Anderson’s films: Hard Eight (aka Sydney, 1996). Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), Punch Drunk Love (2002) ,There Will Be Blood (2008) The Master (2012), Inherent Vice (2014),(Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design), and Phantom Thread (2017) in which Mark won his second Academy Award, BAFTA award and Critic’s Choice Award.
Mark was first honored with an Academy Award, a BAFTA award and The Critic’s Choice award in 2012, for his costume design for the Best Picture Academy Award winner The Artist (2011), for director Michel Hazanavicius.
Mark has also designed costumes for directors Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips, Paul Greengrass, Noah Baumbach, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Curtis Hansen, F Gary Gray and David O. Russell.
Bridges’ costume designs were part of the Hollywood Costume exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum in London, the 1998 Biennale di Firenze Fashion/Cinema exhibit and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences exhibit Fifty Designers, Fifty Costumes: Concept to Character shown in Los Angeles and Tokyo.
Mark was also one of the film artists included in On Otto, an installation at the Fondazione Prada in Milan.
Bridges’ design work has appeared in publications as diverse as Australian Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, The New York Post, The Hollywood Reporter, Dressing in the Dark by Marion Maneker, and Dressed: 100 Years of Cinema Costume by Deborah Nadoolman Landis.
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.
In 2018, Gunn along with his long-time collaborator Heidi Klum started a brand-new venture with Amazon Studios, the Amazon Original series Making the Cut, now in its third season, in which he serves as Host and Executive Producer.
Along with Gunn’s television prowess, he is a recognized and sought-after fashion executive and administrator. He served as Fashion Dean at Fifth & Pacific, where he was responsible for attracting, retaining and developing creative talent. Prior to his position at Fifth & Pacific, he was the Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. Gunn served as a member of the administration and faculty at Parsons School of Design for 29 years and has a rich and deep history with the institution. In August 2000, Gunn was appointed Chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Parsons with the charge of retooling and invigorating the curriculum for the 21st century. Under his direction, the department was repositioned as the indisputable leader in fashion design education in America and as one of only a handful of leading programs in the world. Upon leaving Parsons, Gunn received the title of Honorary Chair of Fashion Design at the school. In addition, Liz Claiborne, Inc. endowed a scholarship in his name.
Gunn is widely recognized as a leading expert in fashion and lifestyle design. His interviews have appeared in a wide range of publications including Newsweek, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Women’s Wear Daily, Marie Claire, Fortune and Fast Company among others. He delivered the keynote address at Harvard Business School’s Conference on Luxury Retail. He has also covered the red carpet at the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards and Golden Globes for “The Today Show” and “Entertainment Tonight,” and he co-hosted the Official Oscar Red Carpet Pre-Show for ABC.
Gunn is a well-known writer whose work has graced the New York Times Best Sellers list as author of Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style, Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Marking It Work, and Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet. His most recent book, the critically acclaimed, Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor: A Master Class on Mentoring, Motivating, and Making it Work was released in March 2015. He has written articles for Elle, Seventeen, People, US Weekly and Fortune and had a monthly feature in People Style Watch and Marie Claire.
The now 68 year-old was named one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive.” Marvel comics made him a superhero in their revival of Models, Inc. with a special feature, “Loaded Gunn,” in which he dons the Iron Man armor to fight crimes against fashion.
Currently, Gunn voices the character “Baileywick” on Disney Channel’s hit animated series “Sofia the First.” He has also made cameo appearances on the television shows “Ugly Betty,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Drop Dead Diva” and “Gossip Girl” as well as feature film “Sex and the City 2.”
Gunn devotes a good deal of his time to charitable organizations, especially those with a focus on domestic violence, AIDS awareness and GLBT issues. Those organizations include the National Domestic Violence Hotline, GMHC, the Hetrick-Martin Institute and Bailey House.
He resides in New York City.
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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).
A two-term past president of the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892, and a past-Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Landis sits on the board of the National Film Preservation Foundation. She is the author of six books including Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design, FilmCraft: Costume Design, Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration and the catalogue for her landmark exhibition, Hollywood Costume, which she curated at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2012. Landis is the editor-in-chief of the upcoming three-volume Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Film and Television Costume Design (2021).
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 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.
B Michael’s collections have garnered appreciative fans including socialites and personalities such as longtime friend and muse Cicely Tyson… Phylicia Rashad, Valerie Simpson, Brandy, Beyoncé, Nancy Wilson, Susan Fales-Hill, poet laureate Elizabeth Alexander, and Lena Horne, among many others. He has shown his couture collection in Beijing, Shanghai and Korea. B Michael’s designer ready-to-wear collection will be available on the brand’s e-commerce website launching 2023.
B Michael lives in Harlem NYC with his husband Mark-Anthony Edwards CEO and Chairman of B Michael Global
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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 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.
Over the years, his designs have been worn by leading women, including Uma Thurman, Natalie Portman Oprah, First Lady Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, Claire Danes and Rihanna. For the 2021 Met Gala, Posen designed a custom gown for American icon Debbie Harry featuring a hoop skirt overlaid with silk swirls in red and white echoing the furling stripes of the U.S. flag. and a denim jacket that he repurposed from his own jeans. He additionally created a custom look for Paloma Elsesser. Posen showcased his 3D collection of gowns for the 2019 Met Gala, dressing Jourdan Dunn, Nina Dobrev, Katie Holmes, Deepika Padukone and Julia Garner.
Posen served as a costume designer on THE OUTFIT, a gripping and masterful thriller from the Academy Award-winning writer of THE IMITATION GAME (Graham Moore), which premiered in theaters in March 2022. He both appeared in Warner Bros’ Oceans Eight and designed exclusive pieces for the film, as well as for the blockbusters Sex and the City 1 and 2.
Posen, a lover of food and an inventive chef, gained an enormous following on Instagram where he showcases his cooking with the hashtag, #cookingwithzac, which led him to create his first cookbook Cooking With Zac, published by Rodale in October 2017. His recipes have been featured in Food & Wine, Vogue.com, On the Table with Eric Ripert, Good Morning America, The Martha Stewart Show and The Chew.
The documentary, House of Z, chronicling Posen’s career, premiered at the 2017 TriBeCa Film Festival to critical acclaim.
Along with his consistent support of St. Jude’s, the LGBTQIA community, and City Harvest, amongst others, Zac Posen also is an Ambassador for The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and CARE.
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.
The Irishman, marks Powell’s seventh collaboration with director Martin Scorsese. Her alliance with the iconic filmmaker began with Gangs of New York and continued with The Aviator for which she won an Academy Award, The Departed, Shutter Island, Hugo and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Powell took on the massive job of The Irishman’s story spanning five decades on the heels of having just finished designing two enormous films at the same time – The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns. The scale of The Irishman was so far reaching it was more like designing five films instead on one. There were upwards of 200 characters, 6,000 background actors and more than 100 costume changes for star Robert De Niro alone.
To complete the task at hand Powell brought on Christopher Peterson as co-designer. “The movie was so huge,” Powell says. “I understood immediately it needed two people because there are times when I’m doing a fitting with one actor while another actor needs attention on set. Chris is the only person I could possibly think of sharing this job with. Having worked together on The Departed and The Wolf of Wall Street gave us a head start.”
The Irishman, adapted from Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses, is told through the eyes of Frank Sheeran (Robert DeNiro), a real-life hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century including Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci,) Angelo Bruno (Harvey Keitel) and Felix “Skinny Razor” DiTullio (Bobby Cannavale). Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.
As always, Scorsese came to the table armed with mounds of reference material. Powell then dug into research of photography from various periods. She would be charged with outfitting mob figures (high and low), politicians, union workers — a wide assortment from all walks of life.
Each era’s costumes were significantly different than the other and the shooting schedule required switching periods in the middle of a week, in the middle of a day even in the middle of an hour. These characters were not mobsters of the flashy kind. “These were regular guys,” Powell says of the characters. “They didn’t want to stand out. They needed to blend in and remain unnoticed. This was not Goodfellas or Casino. It demanded its own look.”
“We worked carefully to express elements of character in each of the actor’s costumes, we had to differentiate every single one of the men through their costumes, the fabric, the cut of their suits, their ties and shirts. The Devil was in the details., the length of the ties, a particular belt buckle. every nuance helped tell the story.” A great deal of it is also down to the actor, how they wear the clothes, how they carry themselves—you could put the same suit on two different people, and it’d look completely different,” Powell says.
Powell began her career designing for director Derek Jarman. The punk-influenced director hired Powell to make the costumes for Caravaggio (1986) after she called him up and expressed the desire to work with him. The collaboration was a resounding success and they continued to work together until Jarman’s untimely death in the early 1990’s.
However, her big breakthrough came from the film adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando (1992). The movie would have been challenging for even the most seasoned designer. The story followed Orlando travelling through several centuries of British history and experiences as well as a variety of lives from both gender perspectives. Naturally, the costume design was integral to the success of the film and earned Powell her first Oscar nomination. In addition she has received Oscar nominations for The Wings of the Dove (Iain Softley), Gangs of New York and Hugo directed by Martin Scorsese, Mrs. Henderson Presents (Stephen Frears), The Tempest (Julie Taymor), Cinderella (Kenneth Branagh), Carol (Todd Haynes), Mary Poppins Returns (Rob Marshall), and The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos) for which she also won a BAFTA, and The Irishman (Martin Scorsese).
Powell’s other credits include Shutter Island, the award winning The Departed and The Wolf of Wall Street all directed by Martin Scorsese, Far From Heaven and Wonderstruck directed by Todd Haynes, The Miracle, The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire, The End of the Affair, The Butcher Boy and Michael Collins all directed by Neil Jordan, Sylvia (Christine Jeffs), The Other Boleyn Girl (Justin Chadwick), and How to Talk to Girls at Parties directed by John Cameron Mitchell.
Most recently, she designed The Glorias: A Life on the Road (Julie Taymor), Mothering Sunday (Eva Husson), and Living (Oliver Hermanus).
Powell has also designed costumes for the stage, notably for choreographer Lindsay Kemp in productions of Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nijinsky and Cruel Garden and Gerard Murphy’s production of Edward II at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Her work for opera includes, Atom Egoyan’s production of Dr. Ox’s Experiment at the English National Opera and Verdi’s Rigoletto in Amsterdam directed by Monique Wagemacher.
In 2010 Powell was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the British film industry.
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.
Scott attended Pratt Institute in New York City. In 1996, he graduated with a degree in Fashion Design. Soon thereafter, he relocated to Paris, where he debuted his eponymous line in 1997. The Jeremy Scott label quickly gained acclaim and notoriety—and a devout, diverse fan base. In those early years, Scott would help launch the modeling career of Devon Aoki, and would collaborate with other fashion-world forces such as Christian Louboutin and Stephen Jones. In both 1996 and 1997, the designer won the Venus de la Mode Award for best New Designer. In 1999, Scott was nominated for a Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award. In 2002, he returned to the U.S., settling in Los Angeles. The City of Angels is still Scott’s primary home, and serves as an endless source of inspiration; it is the world’s foremost intersection of film, fashion, design, fame, old school glamour and new era imagination, all of which can be seen in this designer’s singular aesthetic.
Scott was appointed as the Creative Director of Moschino (where he, believe it or not, once interned) in the fall of 2013. The pairing made perfect sense and was lauded by admirers and the press alike. Moschino’s late founder, Franco Moschino, retained a similar sense of playfulness and wit. He imbued his designs with arch confidence and high-humor irony, an art that Scott himself had honed with his personal label over the prior decade and a half.
His Moschino accolades are sizeable and varied. Scott developed a much sought-after collaboration between Moschino and H&M in 2018, which premiered with Gigi Hadid at Coachella in April before hitting stores in November. While at the label, he has also partnered with everyone from Mattel’s Barbie to the artists Gilbert & George (on prints for the Fall 2016 menswear collection) to the electronic games The Sims and Candy Crush. Scott has also devised instant classic Moschino pieces, which continue to be hits season after season, such as the “Biker” handbag and a Windex bottle-encased fragrance. At his own brand, Scott retained a longstanding partnership with Adidas, as well as with Longchamp; he was ahead of the curve when it came to thinking outside of the box, moving early to link-up with a wide array of companies and entities before the term “collaboration” became ubiquitous in fashion.
Scott received special recognition at the 2019 Anna Wintour Costume Center exhibition, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The show’s theme gravitated around camp, and many of the designer’s looks were featured, including a Moschino “Budweiser” dress. Scott attended the Met Gala that year with Katy Perry, who was dressed as a chandelier and then as a cheeseburger, and Bella Hadid, who wore a form-fitted, bejeweled va-va-voom dress. Nobody does camp quite like this Scott!
Scott is a celebrity favorite and has dressed an extensive list of A-listers. This roster includes: Cardi B, A$AP Rocky, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Kacey Musgraves, Madonna, Maluma, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Zendaya and many more.
He has been recognized in a number of multimedia projects and publications, including a 2014 Rizzoli monograph and a documentary titled The People’s Designer (a nickname coined by the press that has stuck), which was released in theaters and on Netflix.
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.
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 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.
Zaldy has designed three productions for Cirque du Soleil beginning with Michael Jackson’s Immortal World Tour, followed by Michael Jackson ONE, a permanent Las Vegas show, and the traveling big top show “Volta”. In 2019 Zaldy designed the stage production “The Little Mermaid Live” which was televised live from Disney Studios and aired on ABC.
Zaldy designs all of RuPaul’s looks for RuPaul’s Drag Race, All Stars, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, RuPaul’s Drag Race Australia, and Celebrity Drag Race. Zaldy earned his first Costume Design Guild Award for his work on RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2019.
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