South Shore resident elected as floral designer at Oscars
When it comes to floral design, the word is out that Barbara Thran-Anderson knows her stuff.
In fact, the longtime South Shore resident is so good at what she does, she was asked to join a team of 10 floral designers from around the world to decorate this month’s Academy Awards ceremonies in Pasadena, Calif.
“Of all the floral designers out there, there’s only about 10 of us doing this,” Thran-Anderson said. “I feel so honored.”
Each member of the team belongs to the American Institute of Floral Designers, an institution representing the top 5 percent of floral designers worldwide, Thran-Anderson said. She was inducted in 1991 and through that connection met designers involved with the Academy Awards.
“When they called me and asked if I was available, I just said gosh, I’ll clear my schedule,” she said. “Usually they put you on back-up to try you out. But they put me on a lead team, I was so surprised.”
That means she will be involved with arranging flowers along the red carpet leading into the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the dressing rooms, press release and backstage areas, as well as the overall design for the gala event.
Thran-Anderson said she is thrilled, but also a little nervous. The event will involve long hours and a lot of hard work.
“We’ll be there on the night of the awards, dressed in our finest dresses and tuxedos – we have to be dressed appropriately in case we get caught on camera,” she said. “We’ll have to interact with the stars and basically react to their every whim and need.”
Thran-Anderson and the other nine floral designers will work on the arrangements a whole week prior to the March 21 event.
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