The Masked Singer hides identities of celebrities with incredible costumes, not seen on Primetime before. Costume designer Marina Toybina has four Emmys, one for creating Katy Perry’s Super Bowl XLIX halftime show costumes in 2015.
The level of execution is incredible and PAPER magazine talked to Toybina to discover her inspiration and how she does it.
“For me the show was about trying to have fun with something that really had no rules or guidelines. There were no rules or limitations, and I wanted to do something that was eccentric and out of the box yet familiar, involving influences from the movies and stage shows I like…
I wanted to create costumes head-to-toe, paying very much attention to details. It’s very much character-driven, we wanted to develop this world that the characters live in.
I’m a huge fan of The Crow. One of my favorite movies, one of my favorite concepts for a film. And from there I wanted to design this bird that had an identity of strength and not being caged in, and creating this world around it, while at the same time giving visual hints about who is wearing the costume.
Some of the other costumes have more of a fashion influence, Thierry Mugler, you have all these elaborate moments that I was able to bring into the costuming because of my background in fashion. Or taking the lion mask for instance, the big influence is Egyptian gods, and the Chronicles of Narnia, so you can have a figure at home that people can relate to but at the same time building it our way.
It’s so incredible, and it takes a village to come up with something like this, I hope it builds a great platform for more costume design on television, I think it’s a craft that’s slowly being forgotten about. The artwork and the intricacy that goes into costume design is something that should be more recognized! Because it’s brilliant.“
Yeah, I’m sure the queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race would no doubt agree.
(Photos, YouTube, FoxTV; via PAPER)