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2014 Tony Awards Predictions: Best Costume Design

Note: My personal rankings are listed in order from best to worst, with #1 being my favorite, while predictions for the actual winners will be in orange.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY

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1. TWELFTH NIGHT
Jenny Tiramani

2. MACHINAL
Michael Krass

3. CASA VALENTINA
Rita Ryack

4. ACT ONE
Jane Greenwood

Much like with Scenic Design for a Musical, the winner here is so obvious that the other nominees might as well not exist, as wonderful as they are. (But why wasn’t there more love for Machinal? Why?). Jenny Tiramani’s Victorian costumes for Twelfth Night were so exquisite: the high ruffled collars; pearl-dropped crowns; lush, textured fabrics. And the kicker: She created them using period materials and methods, meaning no new-fangled contraptions like zippers — just hooks and lots and lots of buttons. I mean, what? Give the girl a Tony already.

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

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1. A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
Linda Cho

2. AFTER MIDNIGHT
Isabel Toledo

3. BULLETS OVER BROADWAY
William Ivey Long

4. HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Arianne Phillips

Linda Cho’s gorgeously detailed Victorian gowns and suits for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder are sure to, well, murder the competition. Unless, of course, voters’ eyes are still dazzled by the dozens of beaded, sequined, fringed, and feathered flappers costumed by Cuban-born fashion designer Isabel Toledo for After Midnight. One should probably never count out the masterful William Ivey Long who bedazzles a dozen leggy chorines in shimmery sequins — and a handful of hair guys as hotdogs — for the otherwise lackluster Bullets Over Broadway. And as much as we love Hedwig and the Angry Inch, this is the one category it doesn’t really have a chance at — despite all the gold lamé boots, sky-high wigs, and pleather punkiness.

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