February 26: “Breaking Bad” Comes to The Mob Museum

February 26: “Breaking Bad” Comes to The Mob Museum

Date: February 26, 2016
Time: Reception 6-9 p.m. with free beer, wine and specialty cocktails. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: This event is sold out

Breaking Bad went off the air in 2013, but we’re giving you another chance to get your fix…

Special guest appearances and discussion by Kathleen Detoro, costume designer for the show, and David Thomson, author of Breaking Bad, the official book.

Photo by Jerry Henkel

The Mob Museum will debut a new permanent display Friday, February 26, to add to its growing collection of artifacts from well-known movie and TV shows portraying organized crime with items from Breaking Bad, the award-winning television crime drama broadcast from 2008-2013 on AMC.

An opening reception – with complimentary beer, wine and specialty cocktails using Heisenberg vodka – will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, February 26, at the Museum. This event is sold out.

The discussion with Detoro and Thomson will start at 6:30 p.m. and include live streaming of the program.

Sponsors are Blue Ice Vodka and Johnson Brothers. The reception will also feature a discussion with special guests, Kathleen Detoro, costume designer for the show, and David Thomson, editor of Breaking Bad the official book. The Breaking Bad display will be available for public viewing on February 26.

“Breaking Bad effectively dramatized organized crime and today’s illicit drug trade,” – Geoff Schumacher, director of content for The Mob Museum

Artifacts to be included:

  • Yellow hazmat suit worn by Cranston in scenes where White was cooking meth.
  • Two gas masks and rubber apron.

Breaking Bad tells the story of White, a high school chemistry teacher who learns he has inoperable lung cancer. White partners with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul, to manufacture and sell methamphetamine to build a family nest egg before he dies. As White descends into the shadowy world of the illegal drug trade, he becomes a dark and notorious figure who goes by the alias Heisenberg. 

Created by Vince Gilligan, the series received numerous awards, including 16 Emmys and two Golden Globes.

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Featured Speakers

Kathleen Detoro  

Kathleen Detoro

With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, costume designer Kathleen Detoro’s ability to create character-driven costumes that tell a story provide her work with an iconic look that is lauded by critics.

She is attributed with creating the costumes for the pilot and first four seasons of AMC’s cult hit Breaking Bad, where her unique garments are an integral part of the series. Starring Bryan Cranston as Walter White and Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, the award-winning crime drama premiered to critical acclaim and is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time.

Recently, she designed for the television series Blood and Oil, which follows the family of an oil tycoon looking to cash in on the booming industry in North Dakota. Starring Don Johnson and Chace Crawford, the series premiered on ABC on Sept. 27.

Detoro’s costume designs are also showcased in: Vegas, where she dressed Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis in 1960s attire; the contemporary fantasy world of Grimm; Justice; Threshold; and Ally McBeal, for which Detoro received a nomination for the Costume Designers Guild Award for Outstanding Contemporary Television Series. She also received a nomination for Excellence in Commercial Costume Design in 2003 for U.S. Cellular’s Signs commercial.

Her feature credits include: the television movie Legally Blonde; Scream 2; and Amazon’s Cocked, which allowed her to experiment and produce unusual designs working in a dynamic color and silhouette arc. Her work on Jeffrey Nachmanoff’s Masterwork incorporated the film’s unique locations with the works of several famous painters, including David Hockney and Johannes Vermeer.

Detoro graduated from the Pratt Institute and attended the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute for special studies. Her initial career as a fashion designer in New York changed when legendary director Robert Wise asked her to design costumes for his film Rooftops.

A member of the Local 892 and 829, she is represented in the United States by Dattner Dispoto and Associates.

David Thomson  

David Thomson

An acclaimed author and film historian who has chronicled cinema’s biggest celebrities, David Thomson is considered one of the foremost film writers of our time. A sought-after speaker, he has been hailed as “the greatest living film critic and historian” by Benjamin Schwarz of the Atlantic. He is the author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (Knopf, now in its sixth edition) and Hollywood: A Celebration [DK], among other works. In early 2011, the New Republic named Thomson the columnist for its new online section, “At the Movies.” He is also a contributor to The New York Times, Film Comment, Movieline, and Salon.com. Additionally, Thomson taught film studies at Dartmouth College and served on the selection committee for the New York Film Festival. He lives in San Francisco.