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The Wondrous Willa Kim: Costume Designs for Actors and Dancers


March 8, 2023, 10:00 amAugust 19, 2023, 6:00 pm

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

40 Lincoln Center Plaza

New York NY

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Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Admire an assortment of designs and costumes from costume designer Willa Kim long and prolific career, including work from productions like Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated LadiesThe Will Rogers Follies, and her final Broadway show, Victor/Victoria starring Julie Andrews. Don’t miss the salad-themed dresses she designed for a Super Bowl commercial, a giant butterfly ballerina and a wall of drawings with fabric swatches.

From her earliest designs to her very last production, Kim demonstrated her gift for creating whimsical costumes by using extraordinary combinations of color and texture, from feathers to beads to butterfly wings. Born in 1917 to Korean immigrant parents, Kim designed costumes for Broadway productions, such as The Red Eye of Love, and Goodtime CharleySong & DanceDancin’, Tommy Tune Tonite!  as well as leading choreographers, dancers, opera performances, figure skaters and film and TV productions.

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