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Juliet Polcsa is probably best known for her work as the costume designer on the classic television series The Sopranos. She worked on all but four of the show’s episodes, in the process receiving four Emmy Award nominations; winning a Costume Designers Guild Award; and being honored by New York Women in Film and Television at their annual “Designing Hollywood” event.
A fashion design major at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Ms. Polcsa has worked in the field of costume design since 1985. She ran the costume shop at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY, and then worked at the shop Parsons-Meares. At the latter, she began her career in the New York theatre world, constructing costumes. She worked on top Broadway shows such as Song & Dance, The Phantom of the Opera, and Starlight Express. She was the assistant costume designer on the original Broadway production of La Bête; anddesigned the costumes for off-Broadway shows as well as the Broadway musical Metro.
For several years, she worked in film as an assistant costume designer for noted costume designers such as Ann Roth (on Sydney Pollack’s Sabrina), Hope Hanafin (on Gillies Mackinnon’s A Simple Twist of Fate), Cynthia Flynt (on Penny Marshall’s The Preacher’s Wife), and Susan Lyall (on Jodie Foster’s Little Man Tate).
Ms. Polcsa’s subsequent feature credits as costume designer include Stanley Tucci’s Big Night, The Impostors, and Joe Gould’s Secret; Anthony and Joe Russo’s Welcome to Collinwood; Lloyd Kramer’s telefilm For One More Day; Kevin Smith’s Jersey Girl and Cop Out; Antoine Fuqua’s Brooklyn’s Finest; Kieran and Michele Mulroney’s Paper Man; and Jason Winer’s Arthur.
In addition to The Sopranos, her television work includes the series Rubicon;the pilot for the hit show Person of Interest; and the debut season of Boss,which marked her first collaboration with Gus Van Sant.