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'Hamilton' costume designer on how he streamlined 18th century looks for a 21st century show

'Hamilton' costume designer on how he streamlined 18th century looks for a 21st century show

One of the few directives that Lin-Manuel Miranda gave to designer Paul Tazewell about his costume for Alexander Hamilton was that he be represented in green — because “green is the color of money” and thus appropriate for the first secretary of the Treasury.

And indeed, Miranda appears in the second act of “Hamilton” — the acclaimed hit minting money on Broadway and expected to dominate the Tony Awards on Sunday — in an ostentatiously shiny, silk green coat in the style of the 18th century.

But far more influential as an inspiration for Tazewell was the simple ski cap worn by one of the actors during the rehearsals prior to the...

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