New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), which has supported women calling the shots throughout the entertainment industry for nearly 40 years, will celebrate renowned makeup artists, hair stylists and costume designers in film, television and digital media at the 2016 New York Women in Film & Television Designing Women Awards Gala the evening of Monday, June 13, 2016. The 17th annual event, co-presented by Variety, recognizes the powerful transformations, characters and stories that backstage design teams and talent create and oversee. Designing Women’s spirited festivities bring together actors, producers, directors, writers, designers and fashion and beauty influencers, among other notable attendees, to honor the creative genius of women in the industry.
At each Designing Women event there is a palpable sense of energy between honorees, cast members, stylists, and attendees. The awards presentation, characteristically unique and beautiful items on display -- including actual costumes, photographs, posters, film clips and video interviews -- highlight the work of the immensely talented honorees. The reception that takes place at the end of the evening gives guests a special opportunity to recognize and appreciate the depth and breadth of the work these too-often unsung heroines do for their colleagues and the entertainment business every day.
2016’s Designing Women honorees include three of the most talented female artists behind-the-scenes; among them are:
● Makeup Artist Anita Gibson (“Confirmation,” “Power,” “Madea’s Big Happy Family”)
● Hair Stylist Rose Chatterton (“The Good Wife,” “Shades of Blue,” “It’s Complicated”)
● Costume Designer Sarah Edwards (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “Michael Clayton”)
Actor and Producer Ray Liotta, who currently stars in NBC’s “Shades of Blue” with Jennifer Lopez, will present the award to Rose Chatterton. Golden Globe Award winning Actress Maura Tierney will bestow Variety’s Ensemble Award to the makeup, hair and costume design teams of the much heralded Showtime series “The Affair.” Additional presenters will be added to the program and announced soon.
“It is so essential to devote an evening to commemorating all of the work these women do for each other and for our industry, helping to bring rich characters and stories to audiences around the world,” says New York Women in Film & Television Executive Director Terry Lawler. “Our annual spring Designing Women event is always a lively celebration and gathering. It is just one of the myriad ways we support our female colleagues and mission.”
Past Designing Women honorees have included designers and artists from highly acclaimed TV shows, including "Mad Men," "The Good Wife" and "Orange Is the New Black," and from films such as "Midnight Cowboy," “Titanic," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Moonrise Kingdom" and “Chicago” -- just to name a few. Photos from last year can be seen here on New York Women in Film & Television’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152863670174149.1073741833.55253944148&type=3.
This year’s event will take place at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th Streets, in the Proshansky Auditorium starting at 7:00 p.m.
To purchase tickets, please visit www.nywift.org/design or call 212-679-0870. The event costs $75 for New York Women in Film & Television members and $150 for non-members. Members of Locals 764, 798 and 829 are also eligible for the $75 tickets. Proceeds benefit the non-profit educational programs New York Women in Film & Television offers all year long.