How the 'Underground' Costume Designer Helps the Show's Enslaved Characters Hide in Plain Sight


Georgia and her ilk. Photo:

Georgia and her ilk. Image: “Underground”

How could somebody use clothing to retell the tale of slaves who resisted? Karyn Wagner, costume designer for the WGN Television set sequence “Underground,” faced this incredibly problem: reconstructing the experience of enslaved men and women who resisted their problem as chattel by escaping on the Underground Railroad.


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