Did you see Grease LIVE? It's an iconic broadway classic musical and not only was I mezmerized by the dancin' and singin' in this live production, the costumes were fabulous! Coming from a media and television background, I knew it was a HUGE production to pull off a LIVE act like this but the costumes alone used great ingenuity.
After seeing the show, I learned that Julianne Hough ("Sandy") and the entire Grease musical ensemble had used magnets in their wardrobe and then, I knew I was not alone in my revolutionary thinking when I designed The Nina Bra. Here's more about what William Ivey Long, Costume Designer had to share about the costumes on Grease Live which aired on FOX TV earlier this year.
“We are doing an homage to Grease, but this is our own version,” costume designer William Ivey Long, who's best known for his work on Broadway, told InStyle when we caught up with him last week. “There are three or four looks that are very similar to the original, but that’s where it stops.” So while you’ll see Sandy in an all-black look “just like the one that Albert Wolsey designed for the film,” and staples like T-Bird leather jackets and Pink Lady jackets, they’ve all had a modern update. “I redesigned them, so they’re not going to be exactly the same,” said Long. One thing that is staying the same? “The school colors are still red and white!” . . .
Long went on to say in the InStyle story . . . “She’s bragging about having a boyfriend in the Korean War, who gave her a red kimono that has a dragon on it,” said Long. “She puts it on over her turquoise baby doll—which looks great on KeKe’s skin—and then starts singing into her hairbrush.” As she begins to sing, Palmer “drops the kimono and baby doll, and down falls this beautiful red beaded gown,” said Long. At the end of the song, “instead of breaking for commercial, we show her miraculously dropping the red dress and underneath is an identical baby doll—so she looks just the same as before.” The magic is simple: “A few years ago we started discovering magnets,” said Long. “They have five different intensities and the trick is knowing how to sew them in at which intensity. They’re the new secret weapon.”
Here's a little history of the use of magnets in the development stages with the first CRISSCROSS bra (The Nina Bra) and how I learned what works and what does not thru my product research, and trial and error process with the first few bra prototypes.
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