The Fashion Institute of Technology’s (F.I.T.) Patricia Zipprodt Award for Innovative Costume Design will be presented to Florence Klotz.
The second annual awards ceremony will be held on June 10 at the famed Sardi's Restaurant in New York City. More details of the event will be announced next month.
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 luncheon will benefit the F.I.T. program directly.
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 from 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). —By Andrew Gans and Murdoch McBride