On Monday, May 21st, 2018, The New York Women in Film and Television presented their 19th annual Designing Women Awards. The organization is focused on “advocating for equality in the moving image industry and supporting women in every stage of their careers.”
The ceremony was held at Stage 48 and was hosted by the comedian Sunda Croonquist. The New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) encompassed and celebrated the diligence and superior quality of work that several costume designers, hair stylists, and makeup artists have achieved. Many actors, producers, writers, directors, and designers attended the event, which was co-presented by Variety.
The focus of the night was commending women who are often behind the scenes of movies and television shows. The work that these women do is absolutely essential to the shows and movies as they shape the actors into the characters they are playing, an oftentimes unsung role. However, many of these women go unnoticed in their backstage roles.
Furthermore, each woman was honored by a specific presenter followed by a short movie about their work. Each of the women had tailored presenters that had a special relationship with the individual honoree. The clips displayed their work, passion, and actors/actresses praising the women. The honorees were Anita Lausevic (makeup artist for Instinct and Royal Pains), Dana Covarrubias (costume designer for Quantico, Claws, and Master of None), Martha Melendez (makeup artist for She’s Gotta Have it, Roxanne Roxanne, Spike Lee’s upcoming BlacKKKlansman). Additionally, the whole style and design team for Mozart in the Jungle was honored, which included Catherine Riley (costume designer), Esther Ahn (hair stylist), and Krystal Phillips (makeup artist). Some of the presenters included Maggie Gyllenhaal, Debra Monk, Nia Long, and Christine Ebersole. Overall, the ceremony especially praised women and their important work in the film and television industry.
All in all, it was a great and very empowering show! We look forward to covering next year’s as well, as the show is only growing more and more each year as new and fresh forward thinking women make their way into the industry!