Tony Awards: Paloma Young's Pockets Hold Many Surprises

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The Tony-nominated costume designer had practical thoughts in mind when crafting her own gown for the awards ceremony.

“You won’t believe everything I have in here,” Paloma Young said on the Tony Awards red carpet, pulling a granola bar out of the left pocket of her plaid ball gown skirt — and then a bag of cookies, a Nutella snack pack and a fourth nibble that looked like dried pineapple slices. “And that’s just the left pocket,” she said.

The costume designer, nominated for a 2017 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical for the Josh Groban-starring Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, also conceptualized her own gown for tonight’s ceremony, a crisscross-halter top in black silk taffeta with that ball gown skirt in green, black and gray plaid. “This is the first dress I’ve made for myself since my prom,” she said. “This was much more successful than that effort.”

With the temps on Tony night easily topping 90 degrees on the red carpet, was she regretting that lined ball gown skirt, abyss-like pockets notwithstanding? “When I designed it, no one knew it was going to be 90 degrees out here today,” she said. “I’m just very happy that the top of the gown is backless; that definitely helps.”

Young ultimately didn’t capture the Tony (the award went to Santo Loquasto for Hello, Dolly!), but she won the night for a look that combined style with practical considerations. “This isn’t my first time at this rodeo,” Young said. “It’s a long night.”