Tony Awards 2016: James Corden's Costume Changes in GIFs
Hamilton might have won all the awards, but James Corden's wardrobe wins best costume change.
James Corden might not be a man particularly known for his personal style, but, as the host of the Late Late Show and a television and theater presence for nearly 20 years, he’s certainly known for his stage presence. Corden hosted Sunday night’s Tony Awards, the 70th annual ceremony, which has become something of a red carpet destination in recent years. And with the facelift, even the host himself got a bit of a sartorial upgrade — in addition to the requisite costume and accessories changes to parody shows like Hamilton, The Lion King, and Cats, he burned through no fewer than four separate designer ensembles.
Corden kicked off the night repping his homeland in a mulberry Burberry tuxedo to greet the red carpet anchors of CBS. It was there that the Tonys host revealed he hadn’t exactly dressed himself; his outfits were all selected by the powers that be at Vogue, which has taken the awards red carpet under its wing. So far, so good.
He went all-American next — though Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren were notably lacking on the red carpet, especially among the ladies (Klein dressed Groff, while Lauren, Savion Glover), Corden opted for two Tom Ford looks. Hamilton star and Best Actor in a Musical winner Leslie Odom, Jr., ushered Corden in with a satirical adaptation of Hamilton opener “Alexander Hamilton”; he and the rest of the musical’s cast wore their 18th century-inspired costumes while rapping lines about Corden appearing on late-night television.
Then Corden strolled, a Tony in hand — “These are what I’ll be awarding,” he sang as actors Daveed Diggs, who would go on to win Best Featured Actor in a Musical, and Anthony Ramos moved in to grab it from his hand. “Just you wait,” he scolded, echoing the lines from the original musical. “Just you wait.”
Corden is now best known for his late-night hosting gig, but he made his bones on the stage; the Tonys offered him a chance to flex his vocal cords once more. He serenaded the audience in the Hamilton opener, passing off the mic to Jake Gyllenhaal and Sean Hayes for a rendition of Aladdin’s “A Whole New World.” His iridescent tux, also by Tom Ford, doubled as his Tonys after party look. (He would appear later in the night with wife Julia Carey, in Gucci.)
He saved the biggest statement for one of the biggest moments of the night. As he introduced legend Barbra Streisand, he donned a glitzy Dolce & Gabbana tux, feigning an asthma attack at introducing such a notable figure in the theater community and stumbling away as she took the stage.
The Brit television host was relatively obscure among American audiences when he took the reins of the Late Late Show from Craig Ferguson in 2014, but lately he’s having something of a moment; it’s not everyone who can follow up Neil Patrick Harris’s four-time Tony hosting gig. And now, Corden’s got the wardrobe to top it all off.
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