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5 minutes with a Tony nominee: ‘The Great Gatsby’’s Linda Cho

The costume designer uncovers the inspiration behind the opulent musical.

Linda Cho attends the 77th Annual Tony Awards Meet The Nominees Press Event at Sofitel New York on May 02, 2024, in New York City. (Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Costume designer Linda Cho earned her first Tony Award nomination (and win) for the chamber musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” Now, she’s nominated for her third Tony for the giant, sparkly spectacle “The Great Gatsby.”

Set in the 1920s, the musical evokes an era that many idealize for its Jazz Age reverie and fashion. Director Marc Bruni tasked Cho with creating a Gatsby that would fulfill audience’s fantasies. So the designer leaned into the flash, sparkle and sheen of the flapper era.

Here, Cho explains her concept behind the overall costume design of “The Great Gatsby” as well as specifics from iconic characters like Daisy to ensemble members donning periwinkle tap shoes.

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