Get inside the mind (and studio) of one of NC’s most prolific creators, costume designer William Ivey Long


This post is brought to you in partnership with The The Mint Museum. All views are our own.

Visitors know North Carolina for our sports teams, the nice weather and (increasingly) our beer. One thing that tends to be missing from lists about how great our state is? The arts. North Carolina is home to a thriving arts community and some of the most talented names in theater, fine arts and music. One name more North Carolinians should be familiar with: William Ivey Long.

Long’s interest in theater and design was instilled from a young age. His entire family was involved in the arts. Long grew up spending summers in Manteo, NC, a small town on Roanoke Island, where his parents worked on Paul Green’s outdoor drama, The Lost Colony. 

The Raleigh native’s resume is ridiculously impressive. He’s a six-time Tony Award-winning costume designer. He’s responsible for some of the most recognizable costumes in modern Broadway history and has created costumes for wildly popular Broadway shows, including NineChicagoCabaretThe Music ManCompany, Hairspray and The Producers (the movie version, too!)

Through June 3, 2018 Mint Museum Uptown is showcasing some of his most popular costumes from 2007-2016.

The exhibit is more than just a simple showcase. It walks the viewer through Long’s creative process. You’ll see sketches, vision boards, drafting tables and, of course, the costumes themselves. The exhibit is broken down into separate sections for each show or event he worked on from 2007-2016.

The natural light of Mint Museum Uptown adds to the intimacy of the exhibit–it feels like you’re walking through the designer’s real-life studio. Like his costume designs, the exhibit is the brainchild of Long himself. He helped the Mint Museum finalize the makeshift studio just a few days before it opened.

For more information about William Ivey Long and the costume design exhibit currently on display at Mint Museum Uptown, visit the museum’s website.



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