August 2, 2016 – October 15, 2016
There were only about 10,000 television sets in the United States in the mid-1940s. Ten years later, half of American households owned one! Why the huge increase? Rising post-World War II income levels coupled with technological advancements meant many people could afford a TV. But there was more to it than just the economy. Viewers connected to the characters on their screens. Today, over 115 million homes in the US have a digital television (or stream TV shows on their computer or tablet). We still look forward to tuning in to see what our favorite characters are up to. Lucy from "I Love Lucy," Samantha from "Bewitched," J.R Ewing from "Dallas," or Don Draper from "Mad Men" have iconic personalities expressed in part through appearance. And it’s costume designers and their teams who are responsible for creating these iconic looks. The Art of Television Costume Design celebrated outstanding TV costuming from 2015 and 2016 in a variety of genres, including Primetime Emmy® Award nominees in Costume Design.