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

By Adam Hetrick
09 May 2013

"Sex Is in the Heel"
Photo by Matthew Murphy

This is the "Sex Is In the Heel" costume. Every time Lola enters the stage there's a set up that's just inherent in the playwriting – we quickly came to realize that every time that door stood open, you'd be holding your breath waiting to see what she's wearing. Of course, it pays off ironically in one scene when she enters dressed as a man.

We know that Lola says red is her signature color. But we thought, what color would look really good on African-American skin, but also be a bit surprising? We were talking about blue, and then Jerry found a picture of Mary J. Blige in a blue outfit that was similar to what we did.

To give you an example of the lengths we go to: we found out that the blouse Mary J. Blige wore was an Yves Saint Laurent design. We found another photo of it, and scanned the fabric so we could duplicate the quality of the blue and the quality of the pattern exactly.

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