By Design: Catherine Zuber Creates Belle Époque Costumes For Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge! The Musical, based on the 2001 film by Baz Luhrmann, transports us to Paris, France where Christian, an English poet/writer, falls in love with Satine, star of the Moulin Rouge cabaret in Montmartre. The musical, directed by Alex Timbers, has a score composed of hit songs of the last 50 years, including iconic songs from the film, as well as music from the past 15 years, since the film came out. The design team comprises: Tony Award-winner Derek McLane, sets; Tony Award-winner Catherine Zuber, costumes; two-time Tony Award-nominee Justin Townsend, lighting; and Tony Award-winner Peter Hylenski, sound. Read about the lighting design here or check out the lighting plots, and take an in-depth look at the set design. 

Live Design shares a gallery of Zuber’s costume sketches for Moulin Rouge and chats with the nine-time Tony-winning designer about her work for this musical that’s got Broadway all abuzz with 200 costumes, from colorful cancan skirts to gowns studded with thousands of Swarovski crystals. Click through the slideshow.

Watch this video interview of Zuber with Time.


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