Paul Tazewell is a Tony and Emmy Award winning costume designer whose most recent work is featured in the film "Harriet" about Harriet Tubman, the iconic abolitionist who escaped slavery and then helped hundreds of other slaves to escape as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Paul Tazewellbegan his Broadway career in 1996 as costume designer for "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk" for which he was nominated for a Tony. He won a Tony for his work on "Hamilton" and an Emmy for "The Wiz Live!" on NBC. During this podcast, Paul explains his process as a costume designer and the research that informs his work. He also talks about the education and training he undertook to become a costume designer, and Paul reveals the joy he experiences when actors don his designs.
"Harriet" may seem like your typical awards season biopic drama but it's so much more than that. Much of that is a credit to the enormous amount of talent involved in front of and hehind the camera, including Tony Award winning Costume Designer Paul Tazewell ("Hamilton"). Paul was kind enough to chat with Next Best Picture about his lush and colorful period work on Kasi Lemmons' film. Click below to hear what he has to say and do keep him in mind for this year's Oscar race for Best Costume Design.
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