Playbill: “Tony-Nominated Designer Susan Hilferty Reveals the Secrets Behind the Vintage Costumes of Present Laughter”

“Costume designer Susan Hilferty loves to collect vintage clothing. As someone who has designed more than 340 shows worldwide, in almost every time period, vintage clothing is perfect research material. “The oldest piece I have is from 1860,” she notes, before pausing, and clarifying. “Actually I think I have a man’s tailcoat from the 1840s.” One highlight in her collection is a dress designed by Vionnet, from the 1930s: a navy blue frock with floral embroidery. And that dress is currently being worn every night by Tedra Millan in Broadway’s Tony-nominated revival of Present Laughter by Noël Coward.” —read the rest at Playbill.


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