Legendary designers William Ivey Long and Bob Crowley were among the four recipients of the 2009 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards. Five-time Tony Award winning costume designer William Ivey Long will receive the 2009 TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award for theatrical costume design, and, for his achievements as both a costume and scenic designer, Bob Crowley (also a five-time Tony Award winner) received the TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards' special Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design at a ceremony on Friday, March 27, at the Hudson Theatre in New York City.
In addition to Mr. Long's TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award and Crowley's Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement, costume designer Clint Ramos received the TDF/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award, and famed theatre craftsman/designer Sally Ann Parsons received the TDF/Irene Sharaff Artisan Award. In honor of the 15th Anniversary of the awards, there was a special memorial tribute to legendary designer Irene Sharaff, for whom the awards are named.
Throughout her long and distinguished career, elegance and an attention to detail were the trademarks of costume designer Irene Sharaff. Miss Sharaff was revered as a designer of enormous depth and intelligence, equally secure with both contemporary and period costumes. Her work exemplified the best of costume design. Such excellence is demonstrated by the winners of the 2009 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards, who were selected by the TDF Costume Collection's Advisory Committee.
The TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards are presented through Theatre Development Fund's Costume Collection.
Photos courtesy of David LeShay
William Ivey Long, Sally Ann Parsons, Bob Crowley and Clint Ramos
Jack O'Brien, Stockard Channing, Bob Crowley
William Ivey Long, Maria Brizzi, Edwin Schlossberg, Caroline Kennedy
Victoria Bailey, Roberta Maxwell, Sally Ann Parsons, Willa Kim, Earl D. Weiner, Jerry Zaks, Robert Perziola, Linda Harbinger, Bob Crowley, Clint Ramos, Mel Weingart, William Ivey Long and Jack O'Brien