Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen, a 20,000 sq ft popup exhibition, was designed as a major fund-raising attraction for the Costume Industry Coalition (CIC) Recovery Fund, which supported this hard-hit sector of the entertainment industry during the pandemic. Thinc partnered with the CIC with the intention of showing an astonishing array of costumes and bringing costume makers out of the shadows to spotlight their artistry and skills. Housed in a former sporting goods retail store in the heart of Times Square, the two-story space was transformed into an immersive maze that displayed more than 100 iconic garments from Broadway, Dance, Opera, Cruise Ships, Theme Parks, Television and Film.
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Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from the Stage & Screen
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Producing Partner: Brian Blythe Audio Design: Sonic Designs Audio/Visual Integration: Brad Peterson Graphic Production: Rogue Color Lighting Design: Bob Ross Design/Thinc Design Scenic Production: Empire Scenic Video Production: Thinc Design Fabricators: JAG Fabrication
New York, NY
The exhibit led visitors through an immersive and interactive sensory experience, while infusing vitality back into the reawakening New York Theatre District. Showstoppers! not only provided an up-close-and-personal look at the details and craftsmanship that are typically visible only from far away on a stage or screen, but also offered up-close access to individual costume makers and experts working in open shops onsite. Films were projected throughout the space, to provide a view into some of the 55 costume workshops that dot the city. Many of the embroiders, milliners, and dressmakers who worked in the shop areas of the exhibition also tell their own stories in these films, personalizing the extraordinary work that is generally hidden from public view.
Showstoppers! was put together in three and a half months, and its lighting, sound and design (from Thinc Design) were provided at cost or gratis. The exhibition opened in August of 2021 and its limited two-month run was extended for an additional two months.