PHOTO ARCHIVE: Remembering the Costume Designs of Martin Pakledinaz
By Matthew Blank
Playbill.com takes a look back at the career of Tony-winning costume designer Martin Pakledinaz, who died July 8. Some of his best-known work includes Kiss Me, Kate; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Wonderful Town; Grease; The Pajama Game and Anything Goes.
Mr. Pakledinaz fabricated costumes for classics (Hedda Gabler, The Father, Hamlet, Summer and Smoke) and modern plays (Golden Child, Cellini), but was perhaps best known for his vibrant work on musicals like the 1999 Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate and Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which he won a Tony Award in 2002.
He was a particular favorite of director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall, who called on him to lend the appropriate period fizz on Broadway revivals of Wonderful Town, Grease, The Pajama Game and Anything Goes, as well as the new musical using old Gershwin songs, Nice Work If You Can Get It.
He worked frequently for the Roundabout Theatre Company, where he was championed early on by artistic director Todd Haimes, who, Mr. Pakledinaz once said, "liked my brain."
He was nominated for Tony Awards ten times, for The Life, Golden Child, Kiss Me, Kate, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Pajama Game, Gypsy, Blithe Spirit, Anything Goes and Nice Work If You Can Get It. He won for Millie and Kate. He won an Obie Award in 1999 for his swinging, club-scene-like costumes for a CSC production of Moliere's The Misanthrope starring Uma Thurman and Roger Rees.
He is survived by six brothers and one sister, nine nieces and nephews, and his godson, Robert Gabriel Hill-Guarino.
Donations may be made to The Martin Pakledinaz Scholarship, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003.
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