That Guy is William Ivey Long

Fashion School Daily reader, Larnie was correct! The clues all pertained to the gentleman William Ivey Long, costume designer extraordinaire:


Mr. Long has won many Tony Awards and is considered an icon when it comes to costuming legendary Broadway musicals and plays including “The Producers,” “Nine,” “Crazy for You,” “Grey Gardens” and “Young Frankenstein.”

Larnie even answered all of the picture clues correctly:

1.) The first picture was of the touring production of the “”Dreamgirls”. William designed the costumes for the revival of this legendary musical.

2.) The second picture was a can of Ultra Clutch hairspray; the official brand of hairspray for the musical appropriately called “Hairspray”, which was adapted from the John Waters movie of the same name. William also designed the costumes.

3.) The third picture is of Natasha Richardson and John C. Reilly in the Tennessee Williams play “A Streetcar Named Desire”. And guess what William did? Yes — he designed the costumes!

And for all of you who are in San Francisco, you can see his costumes in the touring production of “Dreamgirls” at the Curran Theatre through September 26.