The Challenge: With $200 and one day, create a costume (separates that can be put on while the actor is on stage) for a wealthy, opulent character to wear in Broadway’s Godspell revival.
Guest Judge: Broadway legend Sutton Foster (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek, Anything Goes). As evidence of my complete and total bias towards this episode, please note that I have a both a playbill and a framed poster featuring Sutton in Thoroughly Modern Millie hanging in my apartment. The poster is signed by the entire Broadway cast, including Sutton. I am so much more of a musical theater nerd than you are prepared for, dear readers. So, as they sing in Godspell, prepare ye.
AUSTIN SCARLETT, Top 3
I’ll give this to Austin: He got this challenge. He made separates that can be easily added and removed on stage. They’re eye-catching and dramatic and they do evoke richness and wealth in a sort of modern Marie Antoinette way, as Austin was going for. However, I agree with Isaac that there’s something too young about this outfit. The babydoll dress reads extraordinarily youthful, particularly paired with the leggings. I personally like the leggings because they make this more practically wearable on stage, but you can’t deny that they take a few years off the model’s age, and not necessarily in a good way.
I did love the bit of crinoline popping out from the skirt. I thought the print was very luxurious and he used it in a beautiful way. And although everybody and their mother grabbed a (faux) fur stole, Austin’s was the only one that A) looked expensive and B) added something to the look as a whole.
Someone was clearly aiming to be safe tonight. Jerell + opulence + Godspell? I thought we were going to have some cracked-out hippie dippie hot disaster up in here, but Jerell made an outfit for the world’s stuffiest secreary. I love the sleeves on the jacket, but it’s not enough to make this look expensive. The skirt looks beyond cheap, and the jacket is too detailed to pop on stage. It also suffers from a depressing lack of color. This is Broadway, bitches. Lighten up.
KARA JANX, Eliminated
Well, you can’t say she didn’t deserve it. The faux fur was terrible, the bow was worse, and that pencil skirt was the stupidest idea ever. Can someone please explain to me how you move around the stage when your legs can only go three inches in front of each other? I mean, I understand they’re not always thinking practically, but for God’s sake, someone has to wear this on stage. You need to take that into consideration!
And as if the idea of the pencil skirt wasn’t bad enough, the execution was truly embarrassing. The right side is inches longer than the left, and that slit is a fucking disaster, as is the seam at the top. We love your voice and your accent and your drama and your meltdowns, Kara, but this was a losing design if I’ve ever seen one.
KENLEY COLLINS, Bottom 3
This was another huge disappointment. I agree with the judges that the coat was cut absolutely beautifully, but there’s so many hideous elements happening that you can’t even see it. The cheap feathers on the collar take all the beauty of the coat away. And pairing it with the floral skirt (another pencil skirt? Are they kidding?) in that LOUD, clashing print – it doesn’t work. At all. And the matching feathers on the head are getting absolutely absurd at this point. They add nothing and nearly always detract from the look.
MICHAEL COSTELLO, Top 3
Again, this reads incredibly youthful. Like a slutty teenage Chiquita Banana. That fascinator is so many different kinds of hideous, and the tied-together shoes are absurd. That green is nearly impossible to look at, and the blouse is nothing to write home about.
But Michael clearly put no thought into wearing this onstage. First of all, that blouse is a gentle breeze away from unleash all kinds of sideboob, which isn’t exactly conducive to movement. Also, the actors are supposed to be able to put these clothes on while on stage. Either this actress needs to start off naked on the stage, or she’s going to look absurd wearing clothes under a backless dress.
MILA HERMANOVSKI, Bottom 3
This was another atrocity, saved from the very bottom only because Kara’s had such obvious execution problems. That sarong in those hideous colors was ridiculous. Once again, the faux fur looks anything but expensive, and the gold jewelry is all tacky and distracting. Mila clearly thought “gold=rich” and didn’t think any further than that in order to realize that gold platforms, gold studded bracelets, and white purses with gold studs don’t necessarily read as “wealthy” – more like “hideous.”
MONDO GUERRA, Winner
Mondo was the clear winner here. These pieces were stunningly beautiful, exquisitely made, creative and over-the-top and worthy of being costumes on the Broadway stage. He was the only one who pushed this challenge far enough – everyone except Mondo seemed too timid to actually make a costume, which is what the challenge required. The judges were right to point out that what makes this gown particularly beautiful is the bit of shine coming through under the top print – I wholeheartedly agree. And man, is this jacket exquisite.
Beautiful. It’s got opulence and divaliciousness in this weird medieval-meets-island aesthetic that works brilliantly for the stage. But I must say, no one else but Austin made anything that I felt even came close to meeting what the challenge required. I was so excited for a Broadway challenge, but most of these particular designers are nowhere near ready for the Great White Way.
Judges’ Top: Mondo, Austin, Michael
Diva’s Top: Mondo & Austin. Let’s face it: no one else deserved to be on top.
Judges’ Bottom: Kenley, Mila, Kara
Diva’s Bottom: Mila and Kara. The rest belonged in the safe-but-crappy wasteland.