Magazine article Variety

Vibrant Colors in Center Ring of 'The Greatest 'Showman' Tale

Magazine article Variety

Vibrant Colors in Center Ring of 'The Greatest 'Showman' Tale

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Michael gracey's "The Greatest Showman," a screen musical that tells the story of larger-than-life showman and businessman P.T. Barnum, played by Hugh Jackman, displays some of this year most flamboyant movie costumes.

Ellen Mirojnick, who was tasked with creating more than 500 outfits for the movie as well as dressing better than 1,000 extras, has been nominated for a Costume Designers Guild Award for excellence in a period film. The detail and extravagance of her work speak for themselves.

Barnum's iconic ringmaster guise was threaded from silk and wool and tailored by wardrobe cutter Barak Stribling, a Mirojnick collaborator for 25 years. The fabric of the deep red jacket worn by Jackman was picked for its luminescence, and the entire design emphasizes the actor's long shape while offering flexibility for choreography.

"The red needed to be the most electric pure red we could find," Mirojnick says. "The coat gives the impression that it wraps around his body, so all the lines are curved to make him look strong and to make a statement." It was finished with custom-made buttons and gold trim and embroidered with a "B" monogram. His black pants hug his body, and riding boots trimmed in gold marry the ensemble. "The moment Hugh put the jacket on, we couldn't take our eyes off it," Mirojnick recalls. "You just knew it was perfect."

Barnum's wife, Charity, played by Michelle Williams, is dressed in delicate lavenders and pinks, embodying a classic romantic look. "She's always the salt of the earth with two feet on the ground," Mirojnick says. …

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