Joy Samanski is considered by many to be one of the most notable costume designers in Canada. She is one of the few who can execute the creation of a costume from pattern draft to completion — from fabric to finish. Her impressive clients have included Sir Richard Branson, Tom Jones, Jim Henson (creator, the Muppets), Dorothy Hamil and many others in the TV/film/advertising world.
Joy has created evening gowns for many charity ball presidents, such as those of the National Ballet of Canada (Reach for the Rainbow Ball, Look Good Feel Better Ball).
Bridal design has been one of Joy’s passions – from creating anything from the theatrical wedding to the most simple style.
Joy draws inspiration from her daughter, Millie, who is her muse and house model. Florence, Italy is also an escape for her wherever possible.
Joy Samanski was born in Oshawa, Ontario where at an early age interests in tap dancing and baton twirling led to sewing costumes for herself and her peers. Years of craft competitions and countless Ken and Barbie outfits later, Joy attended Sheridan College where she won an award as one of the top four fashion students of her class, along with colleagues Wayne Clark and Linda Lundstrom. Later, she briefly attended the famous Milan Fashion Design school Marangoni.
After working for the CBC wardrobe department for six years, she launched a successful ten-year career as a television costume designer. In 1988 she opened Joy Theatricals at 129 Davenport road in Toronto, where she specializes in the custom design and rental of couture ladies evening wear and costumes.