Polly Smith Muppet Treasure Island

Polly Smith, master of cute tiny scarfs, from a Muppet Treasure Island interview.

Polly Smith has worked for the JIM HENSON Company. since she was brought on board to create costumes for The Muppet Show in 1978 & continues to design for SESAME STREET. In the years in between, she has designed costumes for many of the Muppet film & TV projects produced by the JIM HENSON Company as well as the costumes for several other childrens TV programs.

Smith received Emmy nominations for her designs for The JIM HENSON Hour (1988) & Muppets Tonight (1996) & has received 3 Emmy Awards for her designs on SESAME STREET. Smith also co-designed costumes for the TV series The StoryTeller (1986-88) which won a BAFTA award for Best Costumes in 1989, & The StoryTeller: Greek Myths (1989) which received a BAFTA nomination for Best Costumes in 1991.

Other TV credits include Dinosaurs, Fraggle Rock, The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, Blues Room, Jacks BIG Music Show & Bunnytown.

Smiths film credits include Muppets from Space, The Adventures of Elmo in GROUCHland, Muppet Treasure Island & The Muppet Christmas Carol. Smith was also part of the design teams for the films The Dark Crystal, The Muppets Take Manhattan & Labyrinth.

In addition to the work on films & TV shows, until 2002, Smith oversaw the costumes for many of the Muppet commercials, photo shoots, personal appearances & also worked on many Muppet toy prototypes.

In 2002, Smith was chosen as 1 of 200 women to show their work in the exhibit Women Designers in the USA 1900-2000 at the New York City Bard Graduate Center.

Additionally, in 1977, while designing costumes for the Champlain Shakespeare Festival at the University of Vermont, Smith collaborated with 2 friends to create the 1st womens sporting bra called Jogbra. This achievement has been recognized with a bronzed Jogbra on the wall at the University of Vermont & by inclusion in the costume collections of the Smithsonian Institution & the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Smiths 2 partners went on to create the company which produced & marketed the bra while Smith chose instead to go off & create undergarments for puppets & animals.

Polly Smith received her BFA in Fashion Design from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. Smith was recognized as a distinguished alumna by the College in 2005.

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