FIDM Grad Marina Toybina Wins Costume Designers Guild Award for Her Work on The Masked Singer
The four-time Emmy-winning costume designer, who was recently on campus to speak to Film & TV Costume Design Students, won in the Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television category. The 22nd Costume Designers Guild Award was held at the famed Beverly Hilton and hosted by Mindy Kaling. The event featured an after party that was held on-site in a hotel suite where two Theatre Costume Design Students assisted with the setup and decor.
The awards ceremony honored Costume Designer Michael Kaplan (Star Wars sequel trilogy, Fight Club, Pearl Harbor), Bombshell actress Charlize Theron, director and producer Adam McKay, and Mary Ellen Fields, who received CDG’ Distinguished Service Award. Presenters included Constance Wu, Jennifer Beals, Tan France, Ana Gasteyer (pictured above with Toybina), Djimon Hounsou, and Catherine O’Hara, among others. Eight additional awards were handed out in categories such as Excellence in Contemporary Film and Excellence in Period Television.
“I’m going to try to stay calm, so I don’t have a baby today,” said Toybina, visibly pregnant, as she accepted her award on stage. On Instagram, she later wrote: “My heart was so full last night! Huge congratulations to all of the extraordinary nominees and winners. To my genius department, my A-Team, my rock, my work family: you already know my gratitude, respect, loyalty, and love for each of you is endless and so special to me.”
Current Theatre Costume Design Students Daniel Lim and Devert Monet Hickman were on hand to assist with the evening’s CDGA after party. The opportunity came about when Costume Designer Melissa Karsh, a FIDM Graduate, passed on word to FIDM's Anne Marie Allen that fellow Costume Designer Ami Goodheart was in search of for volunteers. “We decorated the whole suite with silver,” Lim said. “We wrapped the pillows, picture frames, tissue boxes, bed, and lights.”
The FIDM Students prepared crowns and a photo area for the attendees to snap pictures, greeted guests, and kept the suite looking orderly. Lim said a highlight of the evening was speaking with Karsh, since it was her 2018 class’ Kings and Queens theme shown at DEBUT that made him want to attend the college. "I am extremely shy, but thankfully, many costume designers and other guests approached to me and gave me lots of good advice and shared their stories," Lim added.