by Nina Streich
New York Women in Film & TV hosted a star-studded event to honor costume designers, makeup artists and hair stylists in the entertainment industry. The 14th annual event, co-produced by Variety, and sponsored by PEOPLE Magazine, paid tribute three outstanding honorees as well as presenting the Variety Ensemble Award for the entire creative team of The Americans.
Left: Jenny Gering, Lori Hicks, and Peg Schierholz (photo credit: Cindy Ord, Getty). Right: Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell in The Americans.
"The many talented women in these crafts are rarely recognized for their contributions to the films and TV shows they work on. Fourteen years ago, NYWIFT decided it was time to put them in the spotlight," explained Terry Lawler, NYWIFT’s Executive Director.
The event was held in the McGraw-Hill Building on a cold and rainy evening in New York. Emcee Valerie Smaldone, a New York actress and radio personality, greeted the guests on this “very bad hair day” in New York and told the audience that “NYWIFT is filling a glaring void by honoring these designing women who are not often recognized.”
Producer Jon Landau presented the award for costume design to Deborah Scott, whose many credits include Legends of the Fall, Titanic and Avatar. Describing the decision to hire Deb to work on Titanic, he explained, Jim (Cameron) asked if she was detail oriented enough and I told him that, for Legends of the Fall, we went over budget because of the (authentic) undergarments.
Julianna Margulies recognized make-up artist Andrea Miller for her outstanding work, including The Good Wife, saying, “If you IMDb Andrea Miller, from the sheer volume of her work, you’d think she would be 150 years old!” Miller began in the entertainment industry as an intern for Spike Lee and went on to an impressive career with credits that include 13 seasons on Saturday Night Live. Accepting the award, Miller spoke for all the honorees, saying, “Working together with a costume designer and hairdresser, we are one voice.”
Singer-songwriter Norah Jones presented the award for hair styling to Mandy Lyons who is known for, among other credits, her work on Sex and the City. She’s really an artist, said Jones, “I’ve never seen anyone who can make hair do exactly what she wants. She’s like the Hair Whisperer!”
We notice these crafts in a film or on TV most often when they are outrageous or spectacular or when there’s a glaring mistake. The best work, which which we see most of the time, is so much a part of the whole production that we don’t notice or appreciate it for its significant contribution to the success of the end product. It is a tribute to NYWIFT that they recognize these Designing Women for their contributions in the industry.