“Seasons 4 and 5, we really tried to push our limits,” says the five-time Emmy winner. Marina Toybina, the costume designer for Fox’s reality show “The Masked Singer”. “Of course we went into pandemic mode so it was really artistically explosive and I was trying anything and everything we could.” Watch the exclusive video interview above.
Toybina was born in Russia and moved to the United States at the age of 11. For her, one of the most personal costumes of this season were the Russian dolls, occupied by a pop trio. Hanson. “It was so amazing to finally get the chance to do it,” she reveals. “It was an idea that has been floating around since season 2. Of course, it was done on an ad hoc basis and the original work had this giant, massive doll. With an appropriate cast and the presence of the Hanson brothers on the show, it was finally the right time for us to do something that we could really play on the Russian nesting doll idea and find ways to distract audiences.
Part of the fun for Toybina is seeing her work come to life through the celebrities who stand up for their characters. “The whole concept of this show is pretty amazing,” she explains. “It’s very liberating. You become these amazing characters and I try to make sure that all of my costumes tell stories. So it’s not just about performance. There is visual stimulation. I also did a lot of things where I did very personalized things, whether there was some clue in the costume or even inside the costume, I was able to put something very personal in it. It’s always telling a story and that’s when they get very attached. They become those storytellers on stage.
One of the most surprising performances of season 5 came from the R&B singer Omarion when he decided to rollerblade in his Yeti costume. “I was so excited!” exclaims Toybina. “I think I had a slight panic attack when I heard the idea float. But letting a professional know he can do it has made us such a great team. We’re going to take the blades, match them to the costume, and rework everything so that it always becomes the character we saw and fell in love with. I am all for creativity and think outside the box. If he can do it, I can do it!
Toybina has won five Emmy Awards for her costume designs to date, all for different variety or specials: “The X-Factor” (2012), “The 55th Annual Grammy Awards” (2013), “So You Think You Can Dance “(2014),” Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show with Katy Perry “(2015) and” The Masked Singer “(2020). “I am so proud of my team,” she exclaims. “I consider all of these wins as we do it as an incredibly creative department. The people I have had the opportunity to work with have been the highlight of my career.
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