Support costume artists by visiting a fabulous exhibition

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Although many of us start to slow down during these last hazy, hot and humid days of summer, the Broadway community is actively gearing up for a very busy fall.

As a precursor to the theatre openings, a wonderful exhibit of theatre, film, ballet, and live event costumes has gone on display at the former Modell’s space on 42nd Street.

Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage and Screen is a 20,000 square foot spectacle on two levels at 234 West 42 Street. Industry craftspeople are also on site showing the intricate process of what it takes to create costumes.

Conceived by global design firm Thinc, the exhibit is a journey through the costume making universe.

There are over 100 costumes on display, including those from Wicked, Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton.

Tickets are $29, with a discount for seniors and children. The exhibition lasts through Sept. 26.

Proceeds will go to the Costume Industry Coalition Recovery Fund. The Coalition, born during the pandemic, is an association of over 50 independent businesses and artisans that create and supply costumes. There are many goals for the coalition, but the main mission is to ensure a stable future in the entertainment industry here in New York and around the world.



  • Valerie Smaldone

    Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at

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