"The Most Beautiful Thing": Tony Award Winner Gregg Barnes Designs Kinky Boots' Signature Looks

By Adam Hetrick
09 May 2013

Barnes' sketch for the "Black Widow"

This dress was made for a number that doesn't exist anymore in the show, called "Black Widow." The coat is like a black widow spider. When the song was cut, we kept the costume in the show for the "Land of Lola (Reprise)."

The whole story hinges on that particular boot getting broken, and setting up that Lola wears boots, so there's a scene in between "Land of Lola" and "Land of Lola (Reprise)" that gave us a chance to do an onstage shoe change. It's the first time we see her in boots. In fact, the costume was kind of designed after the fact to showcase the boots, there's a split all the way up to the waist, so the legs come out and you see those black boots.

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