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Academy adds new branch for costume designers

January 25, 2013|By Elena Howe
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the addition of a costume designers branch.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday afternoon that it will split costume designers out of the broader designers branch and into their own branch.The academy's Board of Governors also noted that two new governors will soon join Jeffrey Kurland, who will transfer to newly created branch.

"History was made at the Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday night with the formation of a Costume Designers Branch," said Kurland in a release. "Costume designers have waited a long time for recognition with branch status. As a governor representing these designers, I'm thrilled and grateful for the Academy's support."

The governors also voted to increase the representation of the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch from one to three governors later this year.

The Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch had previously been the most recent branch to be created; it was formed in 2006. The Designers Branch now includes production designers, art directors and set decorators.

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