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

By Adam Hetrick
09 May 2013

The Angels arrive.
Photo by Matthew Murphy

We talked about the reality of each scene as we designed the show. When the Angels first arrive at the factory, Jerry said, "It's important that they look like they've traveled on the train. We have to believe that they didn't get beat up on the train, so it can't be too over the top. They somehow 'passed' to get to the shoe factory."

So we took the idea of a very English-looking trench coat. Then we slit all the seams on them to make it not only a great dance costume, but more in the world of drag.

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