Exclusive! Take a Look at the Costume Designs for The Wildness
Costume designer Tilly Grimes shares her sketches and inspiration for her fantastical design of The Wildness.
Lauren Worsham wears a wrap-dress that was designed to come off during the song “Beautiful Monster.”
Worsham’s wig is teal blue so that she stands out. “It just felt really important to me that the color didn’t feel obvious. That we weren’t doing a comic book, or we weren’t doing the Disney version. It was a little more sophisticated and a little more edgy,” says Grimes. Grimes designed the wigs with styling by Monica Costea.
“[Lauren] really wanted the audience to deal with a naked pregnant woman onstage feeling empowered and sexy, but not also objectified,” says Grimes.
Kyle Jarrow wears a snakeskin jacket with a lady in blue on the back. “It’s sort of a crappy, sleezy salesman jacket, but worn in this way, with the paint on it, it feels fun and playful,” says Grimes.
The backup singers, Katie Lee Hill and Sharone Sayegh, are also handmaidens. They wore corsets made from elastic and old dresses cut up into the shape of an old-fashioned dirndl skirt from Germany.
“We were trying very much—with the corsets and the stockings and the sequined panties—to make everybody feel comfortable and sexy as opposed to ‘strapped in within an inch of your life,‘” says Grimes.
“Allowing each of the lady’s bodies to be enhanced and hourglass-y, but also a little free and playful, helps the clothes feel more sexy and playful if the [actors] feel good inside them,” says Grimes.