“Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes From Stage & Screen” showcases over 100 costumes from Broadway, dance, film and TV
In a 2020 interview with NPR, actress Rachel Brosnahan shared that the costumes she wears in the comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” zip her into character. “These costumes change the way I move, and breathe, and walk, and talk, the way I hold my head,” she said of the attire, designed by Donna Zakowska.
The iconic costumes seen in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” are among the over 100 pieces gathered in the new exhibition “Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes From Stage & Screen.” Presented by the advocacy group Costume Industry Coalition, the installation opened Thursday within the former location of Modell’s flagship Times Square store at 234 West 42nd St., where the costumes will be on display through Sept. 26. Costume makers and experts will host demonstrations at on-site work stations during the exhibition’s eight-week run.
Guests can expect to find pieces from “Saturday Night Live,” “Black Panther,” Heartbeat Opera’s “Dragus Maximus,” American Ballet Theatre’s “Whipped Cream” and a host of Broadway shows, including “Aladdin,” “Chicago,” “Hamilton,” “Wicked,” “The Lion King” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” to name a few.
“’Showstoppers!’ spotlights the incredible and oftentimes under-recognized costume contributions to the entertainment industry, and pulls back the curtain on the hundreds of costuming experts who create, supply and care for them, and infuse much-needed vitality back into the Theatre District,” noted a press release about the exhibition. “As guests make their way through the exhibit, they will get to see up close the detail and craftsmanship typically only seen far away on stage or screen.”
Brought to life by the exhibition firm Thinc Design, “Showstoppers!” benefits the Costume Industry Coalition Recovery Fund, founded last year during the COVID-19 pandemic to support workers in the custom costume industry.
“While so many parts of the entertainment industry are announcing reopening plans, the majority of our members continue to feel the impact of being mostly dormant for more than a year,” Brian Blythe, a founding member of the Costume Industry Coalition, said. “The generosity of our partners, donors and clients — who are lending us over 100 amazing costumes — will not only be a wonderful way to raise money for our Recovery Fund, but will help showcase our talented workforce of costuming experts.”
More information about the exhibition and how to purchase tickets can be found on the Showstoppers website.
Top Image: "Six" costumes on display at "Showstoppers!" Photo: Rebecca J Michelson.