The Fashion Institute of Technology’s (F.I.T.) 2002 Patricia Zipprodt Award for Innovative Costume Design will be presented to Tony Award winner Florence Klotz on June 10.
The second annual awards ceremony will be held at the famed Sardi's Restaurant in New York City, and veteran producer-director Harold Prince will be on hand to present Klotz with her trophy. The evening will include tributes from composer Cy Coleman and several other Broadway luminaries; among those expected to attend the event are Betty Buckley, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Bobby Short, Lee Roy Reams, Charles Strouse, Mary Rodgers, William Ivey Long, Isabelle Stevenson, Martin Pakledinaz, and David Zippel. Actress Marian Seldes will serve as the evening's Mistress of Ceremonies.
Designed to create an initial bond between F.I.T.’s Costume Design Program and the greater Broadway community, the annual Zipprodt awards are also meant to establish awareness for the Fashion Institute within the theatre world. This enhanced profile will enable school management to offer more comprehensive programs. The annual event will benefit the F.I.T. program directly.
Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of F.I.T.; Joan Sutton Straus; and last year's award recipient, designer Ann Hould Ward, are the Chairs for the event; Joy Abbott, Angela Lansbury and Harold Prince are the Honorary Chairs.
Florence Klotz has won six Tony Awards for her work as a Broadway costume designer. She nabbed the award for her work on the productions of Show Boat ('95), Kiss of the Spider Woman—The Musical ('93), Grind ('85), Pacific Overtures ('76), A Little Night Music ('73) and Follies ('72). Klotz was also nominated for her costume designs for the 1990 musical City of Angels. Like Klotz, Patricia Zipprodt's career as a costume designer was frequently punctuated with Tony Awards and nominations. She took home three Tonys for costume design, for Fiddler on the Roof ('65), Cabaret ('67) and for Sweet Charity ('86). Her costume design Tony nominations include Zorba ('69), Pippin ('73), Mack and Mabel ('75), Chicago ('76), Alice in Wonderland ('83), Sunday in the Park with George ('84) and Shogun: The Musical ('91).
Tickets for the 2002 Zipprodt Awards range from $200 to $2,500. For more information and to purchase tickets, call Hodge Taylor Productions at (212) 307-1226.
—By Andrew Gans