Black, Queer, and Designing Costumes for Broadway

There’s something magical about getting dressed up, rushing to beat curtain call, and slipping into a red velvet chair holding a Playbill as the lights go down, the frigid air cloaked with anticipation. In a matter of moments, all your senses melt away into the world of characters; you’ve arrived at the theater. You’re not sure what’s in store, but like all art forms, it takes you to another world where the combined ingenuity of plot, characters, and costumes leave you on the edge of your seat. But what exactly goes into these productions—specifically, what goes into creating the many iconic costumes for them—can be as elusive as what you’re getting into when the curtain lifts.

To shed some light on this essential backstage component of professional theater, we reached out to costume designer Jérôme Lamaar, who is currently working on As Much As I Can at Joe’s Pub. This was the first time Lamaar, a fashion designer who has been at the helm of his own line as well as designed custom pieces for Beyoncé, has branched into costume design. Ahead, he will be sharing what exactly goes into creating costumes for a show and why fashion isn’t limited to the runway, but in many ways plays a critical supporting role in other art forms. But first, a bit about the play…

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