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

By Adam Hetrick
09 May 2013

The Union Jack

The finale is an abject lesson in building a number. We have the backstory of Charlie trying to save the day, but then Lola arrives in Milan, [and saves the runway show] – the bond that they developed throughout the evening pays off. Then you have a fashion show which is always thrilling! There's a light cue that they do, that lifts your spirit even more, you see the clothes more clearly, and the factory workers come in. Each step of that number that Jerry Mitchell created brings you closer to the edge of your seat.

During the fashion show, there's a Scottish-looking costume at the end that does quote Alexander McQueen. Jerry just said, "It needs to look runway worthy, but also very British." So, one of the things we did, the very last costume, is a Beefeater. There's also a Union Jack. They bookend the fashion show and it's very funny, because everyone I know who comes to the show falls in love with that Beefeater. It's got a naughty french maid quality. They all want that costume!



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