Anna Wintour Called This Red Carpet a "Disaster"—See How She Intervened
Anna Wintour has never struck us as someone who minces words or doesn’t communicate an opinion clearly—we love that about her. And when the Vogue editor in chief called the Tony Awards’ red carpet a “disaster” back in 2014 during a talk at Central Saint Martins, you better believe 2015 saw a huge change.
As a long time patron and supporter of theatre, Wintour got her hands on the event (so to speak) quickly following her disapproval. As The Cut reported at the time, Wintour joined with costume designer William Ivey Long to, well, zhuzh, the major red carpet event. In fact, she even helped stock it full of It models and some of the most elite fashion designers in the world (see: Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls, and Prabal Gurung).
“It’s no secret that William Ivey Long conspired with Anna,” Hamish Bowles said according to The Cut. “He felt that there was such an incredible historic relationship between fashion and the theatre, and the Tonys seem to have been sending some muddled fashion messages.”
So have things become succinct a few years later since Wintour’s worked her signature magic? Well, we did the research and will leave it to your discretion. One thing’s for sure: The red carpet’s lush green backdrops sure feel more elevated than a standard step-and-repeat look. And while it’s historically been packed with some of the finest theatre actors and actresses in the world (and some of the most stylish), we’ll admit the post-Wintour Tony ensembles do encompass a bit more Hollywood glam than in previous years.
Keep scrolling to see how the Tony Awards red carpet changed once fashion’s most powerful woman got involved.
What’s the biggest difference you can tell (besides that rosebud backdrop)? Give it a think, and then catch the rest of our Tony Awards red carpet coverage next week.