Carol Ann Luiken-Clute of Chatham, MA died on Thursday, July 25 at Cape Cod Hospital. She was born in Paterson, NJ on September 6, 1945 and is survived by her husband Charles (“Charlie”) W. Clute, Jr. and her brother Richard C. Luiken II as well as her nephews Stephen Luiken, Richard C. Luiken III, and nieces Kristen Williams and Heather Powell.
Carol spent most of her adult life and career as a costume designer in New York City. She won 3 Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Costume Design for a Drama Series” for her work on All My Children.
She attended Columbia University and earned an MFA there. She taught at the Parsons School of Design, SUNY Purchase Theater Division, and served on the Board of the TDF Costume Collection.She was a longtime parishioner at
Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue and its Choir School.
Carol worked on Broadway, in international opera, in TV, commercials and film. Her career highlights included The Saint of Bleeker Street at the New York City Opera which was telecast on the PBS series Live from Lincoln Center. On Broadway, she worked with the avant garde director Robert Wilson on A Letter for Queen Victoria. She worked at the Santa Fe Opera and, as a result of being awarded a National Opera Grant, at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. She was one of the first American theater artists to go into China with a government sanctioned exchange group that included director Michael Bennett, choreographer Anna Sokolow and the producer Chandler Cowles.
In the course of her career, Carol dressed Elizabeth Taylor, Carol Burnett,
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Christian Slater, Kelly Ripa, James Mitchell, Christine Baranski and many, many others. She was a person of ultimate style and grace. As the composer Samuel Barber said to her at an opening night in Italy, “Tonight you are surely the most elegant woman in all of Europe.”
Donations in her name nay be made to the Saint Thomas Church Choir School. See www.choirschool.org