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Kenneth Cole and More Reveal #PhantomFashion30 Mask Designs

Famous fashion designers create custom Phantom masks for a new benefit.

Kenneth Cole shows off his #PhantomFashion30 design (lower mask).
(© David Gordon)

The Phantom of the Opera, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and Bank of America unveiled #PhantomFashion30, a unique project supporting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, on October 30.

Nick Graham with his #PhantomFashion30 design.
(© David Gordon)

Thirty designers were tasked to transform the look of the iconic Phantom mask to celebrate the musical's 30th anniversary in New York City on January 26. Participating #PhantomFashion30 designers and brands are Badgley Mischka, Chloe Gosselin, Christian Roth, Dennis Basso, Edie Parker, Eugenia Kim, Gigi Burris, Ilesteva, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Judith Leiber, Kendra Scott, Kenneth Cole, Lizzie Fortunato, Marchesa, Naeem Khan, Nick Graham, Nicole Miller, Pamella Roland, Paul Marlow, Rebecca Minkoff, Sachin & Babi, Sally LaPointe, Stephen Dweck, Swarovski, Tadashi Shoji, Tanya Taylor, Title of Work, Vivienne Tam, Wolk Morais, and Zang Toi. The mask was originally designed by Maria Björnson and realized by milliner Rodney Gordon.

Paul Marlow with his contribution to #PhantomFashion30.
(© David Gordon)

The one-of-a-kind creations will be up for bids during a special online auction from October 30 to November 30. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The masks will be on display at the Museum of the City of New York, now through November 30, thanks to the support of Bank of America.

Phantom of the Opera star Ben Crawford, previous Phantoms Howard McGillin and Hugh Panaro, and musical director David Caddick.
(© David Gordon)

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command. The musical opened January 26, 1988.

A close-up look at a mask designed by Isabel Toledo.
(© David Gordon)