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TDF Irene Sharaff Awards

2014 Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award
Deborah M. Dryden

Young Master Award
Linda Cho

Artisan Award
Marianna Krostyne

Memorial Tribute
Sam Kirkpatrick

The Robert L.B. Tobin Award
Marjorie Bradley Kellogg

2013 Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award
David Toser

Young Master Award
Daniel Lawson

Artisan Award
Lawrence Vrba

Memorial Tribute
Martin Pakledinaz

The Robert L.B. Tobin Award
Desmond Heeley

 

2012 Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award
Carrie Robbins

Young Master Award
Mathew LeFebvre

Artisan Award
Lynn Pecktal

Memorial Tribute
William and Jean Eckart

The Robert L.B. Tobin Award
Lloyd Burlingame

 

2011 Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award
Lewis Brown

Young Master Award
Olivera Gajic

Artisan Award
Michael-Jon Costumes

Memorial Tribute
Charles LeMAire


The Robert L.B. Tobin Award
Robin Wagner

2010 Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award
Albert Wolsky

Young Master Award
Alejo Vietti

Artisan Award
John David Ridge

Memorial Tribute
Randy Barcelo

The Robert L.B. Tobin Award
Ming Cho Lee



2009 Recipients


Lifetime Achievement Award
William Ivey Long

Young Master Award
Clint Ramos

Artisan Award
Sally Ann Parsons

Memorial Tribute
Irene Sharaff

The Robert L.B. Tobin Award
Bob Crowley

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2008 Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert Fletcher

Young Master Award
Fabio Toblini

Artisan Award
Bessie Nelson

Memorial Tribute
Tanya Moiseiwitsch

The Robert L.B. Tobin Award
John Conklin


2007 Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award
Bob Mackie

Young Master Award
Murell Horton

Artisan Award
Kermit Love

Memorial Tribute
Rouben Ter-Arutunian

The Robert L.B. Tobin Award
Santo Loquasto


2006 Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award
Lester Polakov

Young Master Award
Emilio Sosa

Artisan Award
Martin Izquierdo

Memorial Tribute
Lila De Nobili

The Robert L.B. Tobin Award
Franco Zeffirelli

 

The TDF Irene Sharaff Awards were founded in 1993 to pay tribute to the art of costume design. Since then, the annual award presentation has become an occasion for the costume design community to come together to honor its own.

Lifetime Achievement Award
First presented to the legendary Irene Sharaff in 1993, this award is bestowed upon a costume designer who, over the course of his or her career, has achieved great distinction and whose work embodies those qualities of excellence represented in the lifework of Irene Sharaff: a keen sense of color, a feeling for material and texture, an eye for shape and form, and a sure command of the craft. The designer’s achievement may be in the areas of theatre, opera, dance or film, or, as was true of the work of Ms. Sharaff, in all the performing arts.

Young Master Award
This award is presented to an early-career designer whose work has gone beyond mere beginner's promise and has entered a period of fruition. The award is given in recognition of Irene Sharaff’s wish to see young designers encouraged on their way to fully acknowledged success and excellence in the field.

Artisan Award
This award recognizes an individual or company that has made an outstanding supportive contribution in the field of costume technology. Among those honored by this award are assistant and associate costume designers, costume shops that take sketches and turn them into glorious and breathtaking realities, teachers who dedicate their lives to turning raw talent into accomplished designers and authors who create the texts and trade publications without which designers could not function.

TDF Irene Sharaff Memorial Tribute
The TDF Irene Sharaff Memorial Tribute was created to recognize, celebrate and remember those artists who pioneered the art of costume design, setting the standard for years to come. TDF believes that in reliving and reviewing the body of work of these artists, a new generation of designers is able to learn and grow.

The Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design
This award not only honors the name of Robert L.B. Tobin but also stands for his passion, respect and esteem for the art of theatrical design in whatever medium the artist may use. The recipient of this award has achieved a career so distinguished that his or her work becomes an example to all of the beauty, feeling and empathy that a designer creates through true mastery of his or her art.

The winners of the five awards are decided upon by the TDF Costume Collection Advisory Committee: Kitty Leech, Chair; Gregg Barnes, Suzy Benzinger, Dean Brown, Stephen Cabral, Linda Fisher, Lana Fritz, Rodney Gordon, Desmond Heeley, Allen Lee Hughes, Holly Hynes, Carolyn Kostopoulos, Anna Louizos, Mimi Maxmen, David Murin, Sally Ann Parsons, Robert Perdziola, Gregory Poplyk, Carrie Robbins, Tony Walton, Patrick Wiley and David Zinn.