• DESIGNER DISH: Costume Designer Esosa Talks ‘Motown: The Musical’ Style

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    Whether you are into Broadway shows or not, it might be an awesome idea to check out “Motown: The Musical”. The show, which was written by Motown creator Berry Gordy, takes us through five decades of Motown history. With a musical score that encompasses hits from The Supremes, The Jackson Five, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and Marvin Gaye (just to name a few), singing along is highly encouraged.

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    The awesome part about the show would be the designs created by Tony Award nominated costume designer–and “Project Runway” Season 7 runner-up–Esosa. Fashionista.com caught up with him and he dished about his challenges, inspirations, and his advice for future stylists.

    On designing five decades of fashion:

    Motown is one of the most documented cultural movements of our lifetime, so we found photos, video, archival material, everything and anything. For six months, my team, created binders on every detail in the script. We have them for individuals, groups, and different locations. If it was in the script we have a folder for it.

    On his challenges:

    The biggest challenge was finding the balance between real life and theater. These are real people and events. I needed to honor their legacy yet create a theatrical experience for the audience.

    On his fave look from the show:

    I have two favorite looks in the show. Valisia’s white beaded gown is iconic, and her red crystal beaded gown and matching tulle coat is a showstopper!

    On starting a career as a stylist:

    My advice for anyone who wants a career in theater, is to research a designer they admire, send them a note and ask about an internship. That way, you can experience the day-to-day workings and see if you enjoy it.

    Read the entire interview on Fashionista.com!

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