Anna Wintour meets Glee
Well, sort of.
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As the Glee tour wraps up in the UK, we caught up with Paul Marlow, the Creative Director of Glee Live Tour and also the man responsible for dressing the supreme eye candy of Cory Monteith, Chord Overstreet and Mark Salling.
Tell us how you first came to be involved with Glee Live.
“I worked with Lou Eyrich on the costumes for the pilot, so I've been around since the beginning. Lou is amazing and she's been sending each character on a personal journey, so their style has been changing throughout the years. It’s nice to pick that up two years later and push them forward a little bit. For the concert we focused on composing the stage colours and outfits and keeping everything bold so it all works together, but they still have individuality.”
Did you have a favourite song to work on?
“My favourite ensemble piece would be definitely be the Amy Winehouse number we do, Valerie. Britney’s Slave was the most fun to do. The girls weren't originally in that song, it was only the boy dancers, but then they saw the costumes and were like "wait, we need to be in this number".
Glee hasn’t shied away from portraying gay characters in primetime, do you think that is the main draw of the series?
“Glee just doesn't make any excuses, and hopefully we are moving towards that as a society, not just on television. You are who you are and you don't have to make excuses for anything as long as you are being socially responsible...
“I grew up in the mid-West in a small farm town, and it is tough. Any sign of life outside of your existence is helpful. I applaud what Glee is doing and support them. Anybody doing what they are doing with love should be applauded. Anything we can get on prime time as a positive influence of acceptance, whether it's specifically gay or not is good. Be it weight issues or gay issues or whatever. Any positive role models are helpful.”
You presented your last fashion collection to the legend that is Anna Wintour. Did you dread getting the yawn that could end your career?
“That's kind of the feeling every season, but not just presenting to Anna, but everyone. The stuff comes from your head, and you present it and there is always the chance of a miss. You are only as good as your last collection. Last year I was a finalist in the CFD at Vogue fund, so I presented to her then. Anna has been very supportive and I'm actually meeting with her in a couple to weeks to talk about the new season. She's incredibly supportive and involved and it’s been a wonderful experience.”
So you don’t feel that The Devil Wears Prada offered an accurate picture of the world of fashion?
“There's enough truth in it to believe it, but I’ve never experienced anything like that. You have to realise that character has an important position and very strong opinions, so somebody working for her who has no experience and no opinion like that - you can see how that would be misconstrued. I don't mean to speak out of turn, but i think that it more a story about a bad assistant than a bad boss.”
When it comes to your own fashion work, what inspires you?
“I use art and music as cornerstones of each collection. The new collection I'm looking at Hockney’s work from the early 70s and Paul clay for colour palletes. It's all early 70s California with lots of sun drenched colours, that sort of styling. That's where I start and work into the collection. It's an easy progression and I get the feel for the art and the song and start building the look. It's hard for me to remember anything before this Glee concert because is been very prevalent in my life, but I was listening to a lot of classical music while working on this collection, as well as Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album and the Mamas and the Papas.”
Glee Live Tour finishes tomorrow at the O2 Arena, London but you can still pick up tickets by clicking on this handy link..
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