23rd CDGA

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4 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE played an important role in keeping people inspired during quarantine. While everyone was staying home and looking for ways to take their mind off of things, we brought them other worlds to visit, virtual parties to attend, fantasy proms, and so many other escapes from reality. We also showed that we are a vital part of the community, beyond film and TV costumes. When we heard there were no masks available, we banded together with the IATSE and we made over 45,000 masks for hospitals, first responders and others in need. We recognize the hardship the world has been through and are thankful to see the light at the end. We wanted to continue to celebrate the work of costume design, but we knew we couldn't host our usual gala, so we adapted and found a way to celebrate virtually. The bright spot is that our awards evening is now available for the world to enjoy and we welcome you all to the party. We are so excited to celebrate our Distinguished Collaborators, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, who have brought us so many hours of enjoyment and have created so many iconic characters. I know personally that between Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and the incredible Bridgerton, their work has kept me entertained for years. I want to acknowledge all the work we have done at the CDG. Our staff worked tirelessly to maintain our organization throughout the pandemic, keeping our members informed of protocols and ways to maintain our benefits, especially Brigitta Romanov, who headed our mask-making initiative. Our CDG Executive Board, who spent so much time over the pandemic working to make sure our members' needs were taken care off, adjusting our dues and keeping us running smoothly. What a year this has been. Although as costume designers, we work in fantasy and altered reality, I don't think any of us could have imagined how we have lived our lives over the last year. It has been challenging, but it has also shown us how strong and resilient we are! We came together as a union and collectively created the protocols to return to work. In the process, we all learned so much about each other. Getting to hear fellow locals discuss their jobs was fascinating. We kept hearing, "Wow, I had no idea how much work it takes to do your job!" when we talked about the costume design process. And I'm proud to say this pandemic brought us all closer together. During the pandemic, our work showed it has such an impact on people's lives. Television and film FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES,

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