I knew I wanted to write this month about hats on Broadway. (The Tony Awards are June 11.) Well, The New York Times beat me to it.
This is a pretty spectacular season for hats on Broadway, but one show in particular is making me geek out in a major way: War Paint. It stars Christine Ebersole and Patti Lupone as cosmetics titans Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein. Honestly I don’t know a ton about it. But I’m a lover of vintage hats, and this show has them by the score! (Pun slightly intended.)
When I saw this photo, I knew Patti’s hat looked familiar. Sure enough:
It’s clearly modeled on this vintage hat from The Met’s collection. Perfect!
I really can’t gush enough about the hats. I’m a Broadway fan, so I don’t exactly need a millinery inducement to see a musical. But I’m not joking when I say I would see this show for the hats alone!
The costume designer, Catherine Zuber, is on Instagram. And that’s more eye candy!
Here are a few more costume renderings of our ensemble ladies spanning from the late 30s to the early 40s. Thank you again to the cast, crew, and my team for all the hard work. Cheers to an Outer Critics Circle nomination, A Drama Desk nomination, and today a Tony nomination. Thank you! #costumedesign #costumes #watercolor #warpaint #sketch #illustration #catherinezuber #zuberstudio
The hats were actually made by Arnold Levine and his team of milliners. Here’s a great article in the Daily News about a last minute new hat for the production!