Raxann Chin Celebrates First Costume Design Nomination For Independent Series Award

[NEW YORK]Award-winning designer Raxann Chin recently received her first television nomination for Best Costume Design at the Independent Series Awards held in Hollywood.

The award, known as “The Indie”, recognizes excellence in scripted television series independently produced for the internet.

Joseph R. Sicari, Cady Huffman and Veanne Cox in ‘Cady Did’, wearing costumes designed by Raxann Chin and Christopher Lawrence

Chin and his collaborator Christopher Lawrence were nominated for their work on the comedy series, Cady did, with Tony Award winner Cady Huffman. Although they did not win in their category, Cady did emerged as the big winner of the night, taking home five independent awards for Best Comedy Series, Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Cady Huffman), Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (Joyce Van Patten), Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Scott Adsit) and Best Production Design.

Raxann Chin Celebrates Her First Costume Design Nomination
Todd Alan Crain, Cady Huffman and James Monroe Iglehart in “Cady Did”, wearing costumes designed by Raxann Chin and Christopher Lawrence

For Chin, a Jamaican-American based in New York, the nomination itself was a great honor. Especially after only a few years in her professional career as a costume designer.

Raxann Chin Celebrates Her First Costume Design Nomination
Raxan Chin Photo credit-Marlon Anguin

“I embarked on the fashion adventure as a couture designer ten years ago with the launch of my own fashion line Femheka,” she explains. “However, as a storyteller, I have always told stories with my creations. So when I had the opportunity to broaden my horizons in film and television with my first project, creak in 2015, I seize it because the costume is an essential component of the narration on the screen. To have my work recognized by the Indie Awards alongside my incredibly talented collaborator Christopher Lawrence means a lot.

costume design resume

In the years since creak, Chin continued to flesh out his costume design resume with television and film productions, including American trial: the story of Eric Garner, the last Nazi, Lust Life Love and more recently, Disney’s vacation short Follow Santa Claus featuring falcon crest veteran, Margaret Ladd. His stage work includes the Off Broadway production The GlenThe Bare Opera Company Figaro and the upcoming world premiere of The International Brazilian Opera Company Plastic flowers.

The early years

A graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit – from which she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Arts – Chin is a completely self-taught designer. Creative at a young age, she was inspired by her modeling career which began at age twelve and was an integral part of the art room at her alma mater, Mount Alvernia High School in Montego Bay. Chin also credits her mother, a math and science teacher, Ellen Chin – whom she proudly boasts is now a PhD candidate in mathematics – as an inspiration. “I often went shopping with her and I still remember the location of her seamstress who had tons of fashion catalogs to go through… She was really the first fashionista I ever knew.”

Creative works

In addition to her work at the cinema, television, theater and opera Chin has also worked as a costume designer and stylist on advertisements for companies such as Coca Cola, The Voice of Holland and The Empire State Building. As well as music videos with artists such as Hannah Gill, Damian Marley, Queen Ifrica and Raina and The Bee Hive.

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