Jenny Tiramani (left)
Tisch Drama and its Production & Design Studio were proud to welcome award-winning costume and production designer Jenny Tiramani for a special event surrounding the American launch of her new book in the Janet Arnold Patterns of Fashion series: Patterns of Fashion 5: The Cut and Construction of Bodies, Stays, Hoops and Rumps c.1595 –1795.
In addition to gaining notoriety after winning the Tony Award for her designs in Twelfth Night on Broadway, Tiramani ran the costume shop at the Globe Theatre in London where she also designed scenery and costumes for several of their productions. She also was responsible for the creation of the School of Historical Dress in London, which offers classes on the topics of historical patterning and historical sewing practices.
"It has been my great pleasure to bring my friend and colleague Jenny Tiramani to NYU to share the amazing work she is doing at the School of Historical Dress in London," said Tisch Drama adjunct faculty member Hilary Rosenfeld, who spearheaded the event.
"Jenny brings great insight into the study and preservation of historical patterns and how this relates to the designing of costumes for the worlds of theatre, film, television and opera, as well as contemporary fashion."
During the event, Tiramani introduced her new book and showed examples of clothing recreated from patterns in the book, followed by a panel discussion on the importance of historical patterning and the costume design process.
Guest panelists included Gregg Barnes, award-winning Broadway costume designer; Sally Ann Parsons, a Tony Award-winning costume-maker and owner of Parsons-Meares; and Nancy Deihl, director of the MA program in Costume Studies at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
The event was moderated by NYU alumni and Rosenfeld and made possible through support from the Institute of Performing Arts, Tisch Drama, the Production & Design Studio, and Design for Stage & Film.