BEST OF THE DECADE
Jeff and Mike's Favorite
COSTUME DESIGNS OF A PLAY:
With a 7+ hour show that ranges from stark realism to mind bending fantasy, and features everything from 80s New York City chic to Russian military garb and a small army of angels, one must be on top of their game. Ms. Gillibrand was certainly that. The angel alone was worth the price of admission.
Upper crust gays of the 70s were defined by their sense of style as much as anything else. Mr. Zinn nailed it right down to the tiniest of details. Even the closets were meticulously stocked. He had to know every gay man in the audience was mentally critiquing every thread.
This special, emotionally charged play had to take us back to the early 60s, and reveal to us a group of unique individuals as connected to their clothing as they are to the people they are. They were lovely.
The difficult part of this show is creating costumes that fit the concept of this new take on a familiar story, while still being recognizable to fans of the classic Peter Pan story. Ms. Young managed this feat perfectly.
The production, produced by Shakespeare's Globe no less, strove to recreate as much as possible, an authentic Elizabethan staging. And the costumes were gorgeous approximations.
COSTUME DESIGNS OF A MUSICAL:
Mythology meets the Big Easy. Sexy, jazzy and otherworldly, the costumes here perfectly matched the entire production - the darkness and light, the industrial texture and Broadway sparkle.
Who knew colonial garb could be so 21st Century? The costumes have become a big part of the iconic stature of this history-making show.
What I loved best about this design was that it created a fantastic world that was equal parts Camelot, punk rock concert and drag show. Even the silhouettes were cheeky fun. That's just what this cheeky, outrageous and supremely funny show needed.
This one really deserved its Tony for Best Costume Design. I wish I had invested in a sequin/make up company! They were as beautiful as they were zany, and practically a character themselves. I still think of this show every time I see a flip flop.
As we said at the top, modern dress street clothes are harder to design than it looks. These gritty, extremely specific costumes are a love 'em or hate 'em kind of thing (not unlike the show). We loved it.