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The often overlooked art of the costume creators of stage and screen is about to step into the spotlight in a specially curated exhibition. Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen is open for a limited engagement through September 26 at 234 W42nd Street (formerly home to Modell’s).

Showstoppers Exhibition on W42nd Street is open until September 26 — costumes from SIX.. All photos: Rebecca J Michelson.

The 20,000 sq ft space is packed with more than 100 gorgeous garments as far as the eye can see. Theatrical displays from Broadway, Off Broadway and national tours include A Soldier’s Play, Aladdin, Chicago, Come From Away, The Cher Show, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, The Lion King and Wicked, while TV is represented by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Dickinson and Saturday Night Live. There are also costumes from the movies Respect and No Time to Die, plus outfits from American Ballet Theatre, Disney World, Barnum & Bailey, Broadway Bares and many more.

To accompany the exhibition, Broadway Podcast Network has launched Into Costume, focussing on the costume creation process that helps complete a performer’s
transformation.

Showstoppers! aims to give center stage to the incredible and oftentimes under-recognized costume contributions to the entertainment industry, and pulls back the curtain on the hundreds of costuming experts who create, supply and care for them. Visitors will see up close the detail and craftsmanship that is usually only viewed at a distance on stage or screen.

Costume makers and experts will be on-site demonstrating their techniques and skills and interacting with guests, and multimedia elements will provide a rare opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the process.

Tickets are available at ShowstoppersNYC.com. All proceeds will go to the Costume Industry Coalition Recovery Fund, which is supporting one of the hardest-hit sectors of the entertainment industry.

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