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Costume Designer Martin Pakledinaz Dies at 58

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Jul 09, 2012 12:12 PM EDT

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Veteran Broadway costume designer Martin Pakledinaz died Sunday at his home in New York after a long battle with cancer. He was 58.

The two-time Tony Award winner has designed costumes for hundreds of theater, ballet, opera and film pieces during his career spanning more than three decades.

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"Marty is a master," said actress Sutton Foster, who won Tony Awards for her two collaborations with Pakledinaz. "He is the epitome of class and taste. My characters were defined from the fabric, the seams, the details of his work, his eye. I feel honored to call him a friend and collaborator and to be graced by his talent."

Pakledinaz was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won in 2000 for "Kiss Me Kate" and in 2002 for "Thoroughly Modern Millie." In addition to his design work, Pakledinaz was an instructor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

He is survived by six brothers and one sister.



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