Marty Pakledinaz, who died on Sunday at the age of 58, designed costumes for 35 Broadway shows over the last three decades, his work nominated ten times for a Tony Award, and winning twice, for “Kiss Me Kate” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” That was his first time dressing Sutton Foster, whom he would costume again in Anything Goes, which ended its run on Broadway the same day that its costume designer died.
“My characters were defined from the fabric, the seams, the details of his work, his eye. I feel honored to know him, to love him, to call him a friend and collaborator and to be graced by his talent,” Foster said in a statement.
Pakledinaz also costumed the Encores! series at City Center, and designed costumes for the San Francisco Ballet, the Mark Morris Dance Group, the Metropolitan Opera’s “Iphigenie en Tauride,” the 2011 Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular and the film “My Week With Marilyn,” according to the A.P. obituary.
Born in Michigan one of seven sons, he wanted to be an actor, but was diverted into the world of costume design, beginning his career by doing sketches for the legendary designer Theoni V. Aldredge. According to his obituary in Playbill, his costumes for period shows “typically took to the styles of that period one or two additional steps toward the flamboyant, while never crossing the line into cartoonishness.” Below are some examples of his work: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Kiss Me Kate, Blithe Spirit, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, The Life.