The World of Hype Man: Costume Inspiration

As the team explores the musical influences and contemporaries for the characters in Hype Man, we’ve also looked at the way these influences might manifest in the costume design for the characters. Below are some of the images and cultural inspiration we’ve been referencing when thinking about Verb, Peep One, and Pinnacle’s personal style.

Kdot, Bryson Tiller, and Chance the Rapper have served as useful reference points for the casual, layered look we’re exploring for Verb.

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Some possible style influences for Peep One include Amandla Stenberg, Venus X, Slim Woods, Willow Smith, and Princess Nokia — people who feel effortlessly fashion forward, or who blur the sartorial lines between masculine and feminine.

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A leading style inspiration for Pinnacle is G-Eazy, whose look is refined and put together, but still relaxed and based on simple pieces and muted colors.

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The World of Hype Man: Scenic Inspiration

As our design for Hype Man begins to come together, the team has been looking at research images for inspiration. Here’s a peek at some of the photos that have been informing our design process!

Most of the play’s action takes place in a mid-level rehearsal/recording studio space — these scenic images are informing our sense of how equipment is set up in the space, the way acoustic panels and rugs are used to control sound, and the overall quality of the materials that might be in the space:

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We’ve also been looking at some images that visually depict sound waves and EQ bars in abstract ways:

For the Tonight Show performance in the play, images from late night shows have been a valuable resource for scenic and lighting concepts:

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More exciting design updates to come!