Opening Night: Art of Television Costume Design

On Saturday, August 17, the FIDM Museum and Television Academy put the spotlight on design for the annual Art of Outstanding Television Costume Design exhibition. This year, the exhibition’s theme is Design On-Demand. Being creative is no easy business, but the featured designers make developing their characters’ distinctive styles look effortless. How do they do it? With remarkable behind-the-scenes teamwork, in-depth research, and boundless imagination! The museum display celebrates the remarkable diversity of the contemporary television landscape, highlighting a variety of 2018-2019 Emmy Award®-nominated and fan-favorite shows. However, you watch your must-see TV—on cable or network stations, streaming platforms, or even on your smartphone—you’ll be impressed when you see these costumes up close and personal. 

Now in its 13th year, the exhibition highlights the mastery of both new and veteran designers for television shows across multiple genres: comedy, period drama, horror, sci-fi/fantasy, contemporary, and more. Split into four sections, the Art of Television Costume Design invites visitors to fawn over fan-favorites (Game of Thrones and Outlander, anyone?) while discovering new content to love (why not give Good Omens or Pose a try?). Go behind-the-scenes of opening night to see Emmy-nominated costume designers, members of the Television Academy and Costume Designers Guild, and stars of the featured shows celebrate our latest exhibition!


Lou Eyrich, Emmy-Nominated Costume Designer for “Pose” and “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.”


Laura Guzik, Television Academy Costume Design & Supervision Governor, Barbara Bundy, FIDM Museum Director and Terry Ann Gordon, Television Academy Costume Design & Supervision Governor.


Detail of costume worn by Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in “Game of Thrones,” designed by Michele Clapton, Emmy Award Nominee for Costume Design. 


Devon Patterson, Emmy-Nominated Costume Supervisor and Michelle R. Cole, Emmy-Nominated Costume Designer for “Black-ish.” 


Costume worn by Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson in “Black-ish.” 


Jennifer Rogien, Emmy-Nominated Costume Designer for “Russian Doll.” 


Grainne O’Sullivan, Emmy-Nominated Costume Supervisor and Marina Toybina, FIDM Alumna and Emmy-Nominated Costume Designer for “The Masked Singer.” 


Costume worn by Tori Spelling as Unicorn in “The Masked Singer.” 


Leigh Wishner, FIDM Museum Coordinator, Salvador Perez, Costume Designers Guild President and Kevin Jones, FIDM Museum Curator. 


Lisa Davis, Specialty Costumer for “Future Man” and Kathryn Langston Orindgreff, Costume Designer for “Future Man.” 


Costume worn by Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma / The Riddler in “Gotham,” designed by John Glasser and Joshua Quinn.  


Cynthia Summers, Emmy-Nominated Costume Designer and Kelsey Chobotar, Emmy-Nominated Assistant Costume Designer for “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” 


Costume worn by Lucy Punch as Esmé Squalor in “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”  


Alix Friedberg, FIDM Alumna and Emmy-Nominated Costume Designer for “Sharp Objects.” 


A view of the Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition in the FIDM Museum. 


Costume worn by Ashton Sanders as Bigger “Big” Thomas in “Native Son,” costumes designed by Beth Birkett. Leather jacket customized by artist James Colcannon.  


Cate Adair, Costume Designer for “The Man in the High Castle” and Vice President of the Costume Designers Guild.

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