Meet the couture designer responsible for the looks of Kristin Chenoweth, Megan Hilty, and Kelli O’Hara.
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When Kelli O’Hara made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall this past October, she needed to look nothing short of fabulous. Enter designer Matthew Christopher. “Kelli said she wanted to look like a pillar in that space,” says Christopher. “She wanted to look really beautiful and clean.” When he brought out a strapless red A-line gown, they both knew it was the one.
Known for his glamorous, old Hollywood-style silhouettes—think Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas—Matthew Christopher couture has become a natural choice for Broadway stars. He designed the sculptured black gown Megan Hilty wore to last year’s Tony Awards, which landed her at the top of People’s best dressed list. The Tony nominee has worn his designs for concert gigs, including her residency at the Cafe Carlyle last May. “The girls love the fit inside the gown,” says Christopher of his popularity with the leading ladies of Broadway. “They’re like, ‘Matthew I can sing and I’m supported.’ [My dresses have] full on boning and construction. There’s a whole corset in the dress. It makes them feel like their diaphragm is fully supported.”