Get a look at spangles, wings and an automotive jumpsuit in the Mint Museum’s first exhibition in its “Year of Fashion,” which opens Saturday: theatrical costumes by multiple-Tony-winner and native North Carolinian William Ivey Long.
Included here are three-dimensional images the Observer made from a handful of the costumes that will be on display. Tap or double-click on them to zoom; you can also spin them around to inspect details and workmanship more closely.
Here’s the costume Wendi Bergamini wore as Etoile in 2014’s “The Courtship of Petipa” (fabricated by Halsey Onstage).
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Long (who won for “Nine,” “Hairspray,” “Grey Gardens” among others, and about whom Hugh Jackman told Vanity Fair: “He knows exactly how to make tight gold pants not split when you’re grinding your hips on live TV”) shares both his finished goods and what it took to get there, 2007-2016.
That means sketches, swatches and more. Included are costumes from a redesigned “The Lost Colony” and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” through last year’s “Grease Live” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again.”
So: He’s got some range.
And some history: His father founded Winthrop’s theater program, his mother was a high school theater teacher for decades, the whole family worked during summers on Manteo’s “The Lost Colony” drama, and Long preceded his theater work with a three-year stint assisting designer Charles James (whose work merited a Metropolitan Museum of Art show in 2014) in New York.
Here’s what Kristin Chenoweth wore while belting “Babette” in “On the Twentieth Century” (fabricated by Tricorne):
And this is dancer Tiler Peck’s costume (sans wings; they won’t scan) the musical “Little Dancer” (fabricated by Halsey Onstage):
The show will be on view through June 3, 2018.