Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen, the acclaimed interactive costume exhibition in the heart of Times Square, will be temporarily closed due to flooding. Organizers are hoping the exhibition, which benefits the already besieged bespoke costume industry in New York City, will reopen next week. Showstoppers! is scheduled until October 31, 2021.
“Much like 2021, we are now facing a massive leak into space, temporarily shutting down a project whose sole purpose was to raise funds for an industry already hit hard by the pandemic,” Brian Blythe, founding member of the costume industry Coalition, commented. Fortunately, most of the costumes have been spared, and we are fortunate to have the expertise of CIC member Winzer Cleaners and Dry Cleaner on Broadway. We have proven our resilience time and time again since the start of the shutdown. the entertainment industry. We’re going to pick ourselves up, literally dry up and reopen as soon as possible. “
To donate, purchase tickets, or get updates on the reopening of the exhibit, visit ShowstoppersNYC.com. All proceeds will continue to raise funds for the Costume Industry Coalition Recovery Fund, which remains one of the hardest-hit sectors of the entertainment industry.
Designed by award-winning international exhibition company Thinc Design, the 20,000 square foot space (formerly the home of Modell’s) showcases over 100 of the most beautiful and intricate garments in the industry. Confirmed exhibits include costumes from Broadway, Off Broadway, and nationwide tours including A Soldier’s Play, Aladdin, Chicago, Come From Away, The Cher Show, Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, Golden Child, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child , The Lion King, Moulin Rouge! The musical, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Phantom of the Opera, SIX, Wicked; âThe Wonderful Mrs. Maisel,â âDickinsonâ and âSaturday Night Liveâ on TV; Film’s Respect and No Time to Die, as well as costumes from the dance world (including American Ballet Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company, New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet), Opera, Disney World, Norwegian Cruise Line, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & BaileyÂ®, Broadway Bares and more.
Showstoppers! highlights the incredible and often under-recognized contributions of costumes to the entertainment industry, and pulls the curtain down on the hundreds of costume experts who create, supply and maintain them, and infuse much-needed vitality into the neighborhood theaters. As guests walk through the exhibit, not only can they see the details and craftsmanship that are usually only seen from a distance on stage or on screen, but they can also watch and interact. with costumers and experts demonstrating their techniques and skills on site, getting a rare behind-the-scenes look at the project.
Also on display are two costumes from the CIC Pattern Project, a project started as a fundraiser that allows people to purchase and print original designs of iconic costumes to make at home. The project was kicked off with a Hamilton-inspired Spencer jacket designed by Tony Award-winning costume designer Paul Tazewell with the model developed by the team at Tricorne, Inc. The second model just launched is a Midge Maisel cocktail dress from “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Emmy Award-winning costume designer Donna Zakowska designed the dress; the model was developed by Eric Winterling, Inc. Both models were digitized by Gene Mignola, are available for purchase at Etsy. ,
Showstoppers! is produced by the Costume Industry Coalition and Artisans Guild of America, in partnership with Madison International Realty, Kaplen Brothers Fund, No Guarantees, Kevin Duda Productions and Thinc Design.
For more information and to purchase tickets for this special event, please click here: ShowstoppersNYC.com.