Designing Costumes for "The Shape of Water"

May 23, 2018 | Iman

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As part of Toronto Reference Library's Doors Open by Great Gulf events on Saturday May 26, Luis Sequeira, the award-winning costume designer who received an Oscar nomination for his designs of The Shape of Water will be our guest speaker. Come join us in the Atrium on the main floor at 2 pm on Saturday.  Sequeira is well on his way to becoming a Canadian household name as his designs join the ranks of other Oscar nominations, winning multiple prestigious awards.


Sequeira has had an interesting journey with film and TV costume design, both within Canada and in the big wild world of Hollywood. His long career in costume design includes credits on Being Erica, and The Strain on TV, and Mama and The Thing on the big screen.

Luis Sequeira

Come and listen to Sequeira as he talks about his exciting  journey from being a wardrobe assistant to becoming an Oscar-nominated costume designer.  The talk will start at 2 pm this coming Saturday, in the Atrium on the main floor, and no registration is required.  This event was made possible by our partnership with The Canadian Alliance of Film and Television Costume Arts and Design (CAFTCAD).  

While you are still on the main floor of the library, take a look at the small exhibit of costumes from the Handmaid's Tale that is being mounted by CAFTCAD as part of the Doors Open celebrations.  The exhibit is in the Browsery area across from the TV news screens.   The exhibit will stay on display till the end of May and might get extended for a few more weeks.

One person's exhibit image

As you leave the exhibit, take advantage of the Doors Open Human Rights Watch Film Festival in the Hinton Learning Theatre on the 3rd floor.  Film screenings of documentaries will be taking place all day at the library.  Don't forget to visit the rest of the floors in the building and enjoy the book displays that highlight the vast collections and material housed in this huge and awe-inspiring building.  Finish off your tour with a visit to our jewel of the crown, the Special Collections and Rare books department, which houses the Arthur Canon Doyle Room, one of the world's foremost collections on material devoted to Sherlock Holmes.