Something Wicked | Susan Hilferty Costumes

September 8, 2022 -

March 26, 2023

Located in the Tobin Theatre Arts and Brown Galleries

Something Wicked | Susan Hilferty Costumes

September 8, 2022 

- March 26, 2023

Located in the Tobin Theatre Arts and Brown Galleries

Susan Hilferty wowed Broadway with Wicked costume designs in 2004, winning the Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical. Something Wicked presents thirty of her exquisite and avant-garde costumes and designs—some from Wicked, some never seen before. Artworks from The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts and paintings by Judith Godwin, Louise Nevelson, and Grace Hartigan share Hilferty’s spotlight. Explore the process of costume design in “Hilferty’s Studio”—but beware of flying monkeys!

Something Wicked | Susan Hilferty Costumes was fashioned for the McNay Art Museum by R. Scott Blackshire, Ph.D., Curator, The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, and Susan Hilferty, Costume Designer; and tailored by Kim Neptune, The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund Assistant Curator, The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, with Amanda Whidden, Costume Coordinator, Wicked Worldwide, and Camilla Dely.

This exhibition is a program of The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund.

Susan Hilferty

World-renowned costume and set designer Susan Hilferty has designed more than 300 productions across the globe. Hilferty’s designs include Broadway (Wicked, Funny Girl, Present Laughter, Spring Awakening, Lestat, Into the Woods, and August Wilson’s Radio Golf), over 100 off-Broadway shows, innumerable regional-theatre productions, opera, circus, live-music events and dance. Something Wicked: Susan Hilferty Costumes pays tribute to Hilferty’s process, and gives an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at everything it takes to bring designs from page to stage, across this broad diversity of forms.

Hilferty’s many honors include the US Institute for Theatre Technology’s (USITT) Lifetime Achievement Award, the Irene Sharaff Award for Lifetime Achievement, an OBIE for Sustained Excellence in Design, the Lilly Award, the Ruth Morley Design Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, and Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk awards for the Broadway Musical Wicked. Hilferty is on faculty in the Department of Design for Stage and Film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, having served as chair for 25 years, and continues to design prolifically from her studio based in New York City.  

Something Wicked: Susan Hilferty Costumes is a celebration of Hilferty’s collaborations with the makers and artisans who bring her designs to life, including dress makers, drapers, tailors, shoe makers, milliners, wig makers, embroiderers, painters, and mask makers. When Hilferty received the Tony Award for Best Costume Design for Wicked, she wore an evening coat embroidered with the names of all her creative collaborators to honor them.  

Click on the names below to learn more about the artisans and makers Susan Hilferty has worked with throughout her career and who are represented in the exhibition.


Amanda Whidden

Avery Reed

Antonio Consuegra

Alice Tavener

Ásta Hostetter

Anna Lacivita

Amy Clark

Amela Baksic

Andrea Lauer

Audrey Fisher

Brooke Cohen

Becky Lasky

Camilla Dely

Christopher Metzger

Christine Field

Chris Peterson

Candice Cain

Christine Smith-McNamara

Dan Wang

Devon Painter

David Stein

Deborah Rooney

Glenna Ryer

Gayland Spaulding

Heather Freedman

Herin Kaputkin

Kara Tesch

Kara Harmon

Kristin Jensen

Katarzyna Lewińska

Kenneth F. Mooney

Lisa Harrison

Lisa Logan

Leon Dobkowski

Linda Ross

Laura Brown

Laurie Bramhall

Mark Koss

Marina Reti

Maiko Matsushima

Michael Sharpe

Margaret F. Morettini

Nancy Palmatier

Jessica Pabst

Jessica Trejos

Orla Long

Pi-Te Pan

Ron Christianson

Sydney Gallas

Sara James

Sarita Fellows

Shelly Williams

Tricia Barsamian

Tamara Arzumanova