War Paint Star Steffanie Leigh Serves Up Supermodel in Any Decade Thanks to Catherine Zuber's Costumes
May 16th, 2017
by Steffanie Leigh
Steffanie Leigh made her Broadway debut as the title role in Disney’s Mary Poppins. Next, she co-starred as glamourous Paris socialite Liane d'Exelmans in Gigi. Now, Steffanie is back on Broadway serving you everything as Dorian Leigh (one of the world’s first supermodels) and others in the new musical War Paint.
Scroll on as Steffanie shares with BroadwayBox her incredible, Tony Awards-nominated Catherine Zuber costumes that take her from an Elizabeth Arden salesgirl in the 1930s to the iconic Fire & Ice look of the 1950s.
Arden Girl Romper
I have so many rompers in my actual wardrobe, so the fact that I get to wear one in this show seems oh so right. Those sleeves, that belt, come on!
Study in Leopard
I also lovingly refer to this costume as my pajamas because they are so comfortable. Very rarely do you get a costume that is beautiful and comfortable. And I have a muff. Enough said.
Hermione's Night Out
You know those days when you show up at work, then unexpectedly end up going out and getting home at 4 AM? That dress transitions beautifully from day to night, and possibly to a walk of shame the next morning.
Waving Your Assets
This is Dorian Leigh's first look before her She's All That transformation. Not shown here is the cutest little bum ruffle, but you'll just have to come to the show if you want to see it.
This is the third show that I have done with the genius David Brian Brown. The front of this wig is the same design as the wig he designed for me in Gigi. We've patented it the Steffi Swoop.
WAC Shirt Dress
This costume is basically the length of a boyfriend shirt, but it's considered a dress. Interestingly enough, this is exactly what the women wore in combat during WWII, all the way down to the heels and the jauntily tipped hat.
I feel very old Hollywood in this jumpsuit. I just feel like I should be saying "no photos please" when I wear it.
Fire and Ice
This costume is taken from the iconic design of the Revlon Fire and Ice campaign. And here is where I shower Cathy Zuber with praise. I feel so beautiful and glamorous in all of her designs, and this is no exception. Plus, I haven't tripped on the sheath...yet.
See all of Steffanie Leigh’s extraordinary costumes IRL in War Paint at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre.