“Everything, Everywhere, All At Once” Costume Designer Shirley Kurata Becomes History

“Shirley is always up to date with new things, so whenever I present her with an idea, she’s able to think quickly and come up with a solution,” Ms Whack wrote in an email. “There are so many looks Shirley and I have pulled off. Recently for my show in New Orleans, I sent Shirley a picture of this outfit that Michael Jackson wore as a kid and, boom, she wore it. did it.

“You know when you’re dreaming and a sound from the real world appears just before you wake up?” said Ms. Solen, who directed Ms. Whack’s fantastic videos for “Link” and “Body of Water,” in collaboration with Ms. Kurata. “It’s almost like seeing into the future for a second. That’s how to work with her. She immediately understands what you want, and it’s also something that could only have come to you in a dream – a little newer, different, more surprising. She’s a visual artist and she could do anything, and she wants to do costumes. She blows my mind the way she dresses Tierra, who is there, but she also works with Rodarte.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the founding sisters and designers of Rodarte, have worked with Ms. Kurata, alongside stylist Ashley Furnival, since their first New York show in 2006. Her fall 2022 collection — presented in a look book instead of a Parade – featured a cast of actors, musicians and directors such as Kathleen Hanna, Rachel Brosnahan, Lexi Underwood and the Linda Lindas. Laura Mulleavy talks to Ms. Kurata almost every day on the phone.

“Shirley is very much about visual storytelling,” Ms Mulleavy said. “Creating a character, an intention to show through in clothing, extreme or subdued, she understands theatricality. She understands the history of fashion in a very interesting way.

“The first time we met her was on Zoom and she had her cat on her lap,” Linda Lindas drummer Mila de la Garza, 11, said. (Ms. Kurata has two cats in black and white tuxedos, Fanny and Moondog.) “She was already there petting her cat. And she has her glasses. And we were like, ‘Wow, this girl is cool.’

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