»With our new masks, we’re going the extra mile!«
Wardrobe director Alexandra Brandner and her team of eleven bring the "The Masked Singer" costume designs to life.
Especially the full-body costumes and unique masks, which were made in fiddly work, enchanted people from all over the world. Created by US designer Marina Toybina, the costume designs have been brought to life by wardrobe director Alexandra Brandner and her team of eleven. The costumes for the second season of "The Masked Singer" are now also being created in her studio in Mühldorf am Inn, Bavaria. In our Insights Interview, Alexandra Brandner explains why the designer's creations have attracted attention on a national level, what the people hidden behind the masks in the second season are challenged by, and what makes her sweat already.
We believed in the show from the very beginning and were therefore not surprised at all by the great success it entailed. That both masks and costumes gained attention to that extent is a great honour for us. The whole team was thrilled.
We have become even more flexible and inventive. Every mask for "The Masked Singer" is a real learning and improvement process. This year, we're going one step further costume-wise.
The costumes are even more artistic due to even more special effects that have been incorporated, and the materials used can only be processed manually. 90 percent are handmade and only ten percent are machine-made. We try to take even more account of the celebrity underneath and try to make their costumes as comfortable as possible for them to wear. For example, we now included ventilation systems in our masks.
All masks are made by hand in complicated sequences and sometimes very elaborate individual steps - one of the costumes, for example, consists of 5,000 scales, which are cut out, primed, painted, assembled, and finally airbrushed and brushed.
We have extended our team quite a bit. Eleven of us are working in the studio, there are another five specialists from around the world, such as our ventilation specialists, who have developed these tiny fans for us, or the programmers who implemented certain effects.
Yes, that is amazing. We’re producing the masks for two other countries, including Belgium. The producers took a look at the different costumes. The quality of the German masks and us being sticklers for details seem to stand out.
Here, everything is completely closed off: there is no getting in or out. The door is locked, the windows are blacked-out. We actually only open the door when goods are being delivered. We even agreed on signs with the suppliers so they can identify themselves. (laughs)
Most masks are more about creating costumes rather than tailoring. And this time they're even more difficult. Most of the time is needed for pre-logistics: getting and assembling all the materials. Coordinating all steps in time is extremely time-consuming. For instance, one of the costumes consists of 5000 scales, which are cut out, primed, painted, assembled by hand, and treated with both brushes and airbrush. We don’t use any machines for sewing. This costume is completely handmade. It’s in fact incredible.
Challenging! Thinking about one of the masks makes me sweat already. That costume is like an armor-like suit. If it doesn't fit, we have to take it apart again completely. It is the same with other costumes.
Despite their size and weight, the costumes should be as easy to put on and take off as possible, ensure free breathing, be comfortable to wear, allow relatively free movement on stage and the masks should fit perfectly and securely.
"The Masked Singer" is a live show, a unique experience, and we know as little as the audience. We are really looking forward to the shows, to Cologne, to our colleagues. It's the greatest team I've ever been part of in any production.
We are always prepared in case something happens to the masks or costumes. We make sure everything is working out and, if necessary, we make little adjustments or repairs after each show.
We keep putting the pedal to the metal; maybe we'll take a little break in May ...
Ten stars from all areas of life perform in the best and craziest show in the world. The highlight: The celebrities hide under elaborate costumes and behind masks that are rich in detail. The panelists in the studio, consisting of Ruth Moschner and Rea Garvey as well as a weekly-changing guest, and the audience have to guess the identity of the celebrities behind the masks - the only hints: small clues in feature films, the stage performance, and the real, unalienated voice during their songs. In every show, one famous undercover singer with the fewest audience votes have to unmask themselves. "The Masked Singer" is based on the licensed format "The King of Mask Singer" (original title) of the South Korean TV channel MBC, which has been broadcast in South Korea since 2015. ProSieben is the only station worldwide to broadcast the show live. The first season in Germany thrilled viewers and critics alike.
The second season of the successful format debuts on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 8:15 PM live on ProSieben.