When the costumes are referenced in the title of your multi-million dollar Broadway musical, you better hire the best to design them. Such was the case with Kinky Boots, the new high-spirited musical by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein.
Costume designer Gregg Barnes, who conjured the ghosts of Zeigfeld Follies past in the 2012 revival of Follies (and walked away with a Tony Award for his work), stepped up to the plate with a series of dazzling looks for Kinky Boots, which earned him his fifth Tony nomination.
Barnes spoke with Playbill about creating the fantasy and reality of Kinky Boots, the divas who inspired some of Lola's looks, and his well-heeled cast. He also offered a guided tour through some of the costumes from the Tony-nominated musical.