He made us all look so good.

Martin “Marty” Pakledinaz, one of Broadway’s best costume designers, passed away on Sunday night at the all too early age of 58.

How good was he?  Well, in the last 15 years, Marty was nominated for an even 10 Tonys, and he took home two of them, including one for Thoroughly Modern Millie, which is where I first met him. (I was the very lucky Company Manager of that Best Musical.)

So, yeah, he obviously made the actors and actresses he designed for look Tony-tastic.

But the thing about Marty is that he was such a wonderful human being who cared so much . . .  not only for every dress and every suit he built, but also for every person inside those dresses and suits . . . that he made our Broadway a better place to be.

His designs will be missed.  But he will be missed so, so much more.

To see a terrific costume retrospective of Marty’s work, check out this Playbill article here.


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