Costume designer Gregg Barnes' task for the current Broadway revival of Flower Drum Song was to come up with a heightened reality for the clothes, making them honest to the spirit of the late 50s/early 60s time period but also having them resonate with a modern audience. “On ‘Fan Tan Fannie,’ for instance [right and inset], I found this piece of research that was, ironically, a strip bar in Hong Kong in 1962,” the designer explains. “They were wearing these big fishnet hose, and these weird ...

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