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Television is truly in a golden age – the quality that audiences experience on network, streaming, and digital platforms is equivalent to films playing on the big screen. Of course, the visual impact of television plays a big role in bringing new worlds to life for viewers, thanks to the hard work and creativity of Costume Designers. On Saturday night, the FIDM Museum and Television Academy put the spotlight on design for the annual Art of Outstanding Television Costume Design exhibition. Now in its 12th 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, Western, and more. Split into five categories, the exhibition invites visitors to fawn over old favorites (Game of Thrones and Outlander, anyone?) while discovering new content to love (why not give Schitt’s Creek or A Series of Unfortunate Events a go?)  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!

Alison Brie, GLOW lead actress, and Beth Morgan, the show’s Costume Designer 

J081818A-0539ACynthia Summers, Emmy-nominated Costume Designer for A Series of Unfortunate Events

J081818A-1153Ken Biller, Creator and Executive Director, Genius:Picasso and Sonu Mishra, the show’s Emmy-nominated Costume Designer

J081818A-0404Sharen Davis, Emmy-nominated Costume Designer for Westworld and Salvador Perez, President of the Costume Designers Guild and FIDM Alumnus

J081718A-0091Detail of Westworld costume, designed by Sharen Davis

J081818A-1031AAvril Graham, Executive Fashion & Beauty Editor, Harper’s Bazaar

J081818A-0506FIDM Museum Staff: Meghan Hansen, Registrar, Kevin Jones, Curator, Christina Johnson, Associate Curator and Peter Lam, Creative Director

J081718A-0325Detail of The Alienist costume, designed by Emmy-nominee Michael Kaplan

J081818A-0784Barbara Bundy, FIDM Museum Director and Hayma Washington, Chairman & CEO of the Television Academy

J081718A-0412Detail of Broad City costume, designed by Staci Greenbaum

J081818A-1515AKevan Hall, Fashion Designer and FIDM Alumnus

J081818A-0391Laura Jean Shannon, Costume Designer for Black Lightning and Electric Dreams, and Sarah Jeanne Mgeni, Assistant Costume Designer for Black Lightning

J081718A-0632-ABlack Lightning, designed by Laura Jean Shannon

J081818A-0264Michelle Cole, Costume Designer for Grown-ish

J081818A-1001AEmmy statuette inside the Art of Outstanding Television Costume Design

J081818A-1475Alison Brie and her GLOW character Zoya the Destroya

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