‘The Voice’ Costume Designer Makes Contestants’ Looks Sing

'Voice' Costume Designer Erin Hirsh Tunes
Courtesy of Jasmine Safaeian

No material is off limits for “The Voice” head costume designer Erin Hirsh — including the bullet casings and NASA-developed lightning technology she once worked into Kanye West’s illuminated jacket and sunglasses.

Having worked on eight of the show’s nine seasons, Hirsh always begins her process by sending contestants style sheets a few weeks ahead of their first appearance to learn about color and fashion preferences.

Once the season of live shows gets under way, her timeline doesn’t always allow her to build each individual costume. Instead, she’ll embellish found items with fun fabric or objects.

In addition to avoiding cloth such as nylon and linen that display poorly on camera, she eschews materials that affect sound quality — always checking in with sound engineers before adding embellishments or jewelry.

“I like to take things out of context,” says Hirsh, “like going into Home Depot and grabbing material I can work into a design.”

She particularly enjoys creating costumes for those individuals who may not easily find stage-worthy clothing.

“I love working with plus size contestants to create things they feel great in,” she says.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Artisans News from Variety

Loading