CDG - The Costume Designer

Summer 2019

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48 The Costume Designer Summer 2019 R andall Christensen was a native of South Carolina where he became the charming gentleman we knew. He entranced performers and audiences alike around the world with his transformative dance and skate costumes. An Emmy Award winner, Christensen was sought out not only for his creations, but also for his charismatic public pres- ence as guide and expert in the broader world of design, making national television appearances on talk shows as a special guest and serving as a judge on on-air adjudication panels for reality competition shows. Christensen was inter- viewed extensively on television and in many of the major national periodical and news publications. In addition to designing his award-winning creations for ABC/BBC's runaway hit Dancing with the Stars for 11 seasons, Christensen's stunning gowns were used by Costume Designers Sophie de Rakoff for Jennifer Lopez in the film Shall We Dance (2004) and Kathryn Morrison for Mary Steenburgen in the film Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005). Mr. Christensen's work can also be seen in the films Take the Lead, starring Antonio Banderas (2006), Dance with Me (1998) with Vanessa Williams, and on television in 20th Century Fox's award-winning So You Think You Can Dance and TLC Network's Ballroom Bootcamp. Christensen's company, Randall Designs, has been a leader in the competitive dance and skate costume industry since 1986 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona. He will be missed by us and his husband, opera singer Aaron Ball, who proposed to him at the Costume Designers Guild Awards Dinner. Corks popped when he accepted. Randall Christensen October 7, 1958 – June 16, 2019 By Jacqueline Saint Anne

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