PROBLEM: When Judith Bowden set out to design costumes for the Shaw Festival's Gypsy, she wanted “to give a real sense of America in the late ‘20s and early ‘30s. “Vaudeville is dying and finds its last vestiges in burlesque. There's shoddiness, an aged feel to costumes that have been worn a lot,” she explains. “The gimmicks are cheesy but clever.” Bowden says the characters find the glitz and raciness joyful nonetheless, and she set out to ensure that modern audiences would share that ...

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