Today September 22, 2021

The Costumes of Hamilton: Historically Correct?

The Broadway musical “Hamilton” has been sold out since the end of time, and perhaps the most famous musical number is “The Color Purple,” which I proudly call my proudest project. The costumes for Hamilton are iconic too, but the costumes I designed for the height of Memphis’ Hamilton are iconic. When I first got the script, I forgot it and knew I hadn’t worked on it for 26 years.  Here’s more by the man that created the costumes of Hamilton!

Michael Tazewell

“I have created hundreds of thousands of images that I have collected from the archives of the US National Archives and thousands more that I have created around the world. I have not contacted anyone through Google and created all myself, but I am proud of each one. “

The Challenge! Demand satisfaction!     

So the challenge was to combine Miranda’s contemporary hip-hop performance with the more traditional costumes of the musical, such as black-and-white and black – and – white costumes. Tazewell says most elementary school children know the costumes from their parents, but not from the original cast. 

The costumes   

To make the team more suited to dance on stage, they had to completely rebuild Miranda’s costume, from the original black – and white – costume to the modern hip-hop costume. So everything around the neck has to be modern, and everything from the shoulders down would be contemporary. 

In a normal production, there are two main costumes: the female ensemble, which consists of built-in panels, and the male ensemble. The riding boots should be just as comfortable, but they are a little more expensive than the men’s costume. 


Tazewell was originally dressed in an earthy brown, but actor Daveed Diggs brought such rock star status to the role that he eventually traded his dreary threads for a purple coat inspired by Prince and Jimi Hendrix. Thomas Jefferson is remembered as a down-to-earth man, and the Schuyler sisters, who play in Act II, take us back to the 18th century. 

I couldn’t stand the fact that the ensemble had a creamy, neutral tone, like parchment paper, “explains the production’s costume designer, Michael J. D’Amico. 

King George III

The dress is made of a combination of wool, silk, and cotton to maximize mobility, and the outfit is a replica of his famous portrait. King George III, originally played by Jonathan Groff, is the only character whose gaze brings tears to the history books. In real life, he was a man with few words and no sense of humor, but in the show, he is portrayed as rather silly. The exaggerated frivolity helps to turn the character into a caricature of himself. 

Organic or not, this brilliance has earned the show a Tony nomination for Outstanding Costume Design. Speaking about Hamilton’s costumes, Tazewell said: ‘I’m really proud of how it all came together. 


“Later in the day, on the conference stage, I struggled for words to describe the frenzied popularity. Overall, the show ranges from contemporary treatment to contemporary treatment, but the Broadway production works because the size of Hamilton is not transferred from actor to audience. “