Masked singer’s costume designer reveals how his wacky masks are created

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Masked singer’s costume designer reveals how his wacky masks are created – and what happens to them after the show ends










It might be a celebrity guessing contest, but the real stars of The Masked Singer are undoubtedly his amazing costumes.

Designed by Oscar-winning costume designer Tim Chappel, this season’s masks are nothing short of spectacular, with characters such as Pavlova and Vampire captivating fans of all ages.

Speaking to Popsugar Australia on Friday, Chappel revealed the extraordinary amount of work involved in staging his sketches.

“We start to brainstorm ideas right after a season ends,” Chappel said of the design process, adding that things “got serious” 16 weeks before the show.

“Some costumes take 6 months between design and production. Some small emergencies are born two weeks before the shooting “, he added.

Chappel, whose movie credits include Pricilla and Miss Congeniality, also revealed that many of his larger-than-life creations require special engineering to make sure they don’t fall off.

Oscar-winning costume designer Chappel (pictured) has been creating the show's masks since its debut season in 2019, and its season's masks are nothing short of spectacular, with characters such as Pavlova and Vampire captivating fans of all ages

Oscar-winning costume designer Chappel (pictured) has been creating the show’s masks since its debut season in 2019, and its season’s masks are nothing short of spectacular, with characters such as Pavlova and Vampire captivating fans of all ages

For example, the Dolly mask was so high that it tended to tip over, which meant the performers’ costume had to be perfectly balanced before taking the stage.

Chappel also admitted that the Volcano was the most difficult mask to create this season, explaining that there were “a lot of moving parts” that had to come together.

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As for what happens to the masks and sets after the show is over, Chappel said nothing gets lost.

“We start to brainstorm ideas directly after finishing a season”: Speaking to Popsugar Australia on Friday, Chappel revealed the extraordinary amount of work it takes to put his sketches on stage

Chappel, whose film credits include Pricilla and Miss Congeniality, also revealed that many of his larger-than-life creations - including the Dolly mask (pictured) - require special engineering to make sure they don't fall off

Chappel, whose film credits include Pricilla and Miss Congeniality, also revealed that many of his larger-than-life creations – including the Dolly mask (pictured) – require special engineering to make sure they don’t fall off

“All sets and costumes are kept and reused”: As to what happens to the masks and sets once the show is over, Chappel said nothing was wasted

“All sets and costumes are kept and reused. The costumes are used for marketing or even loaned to international productions of the show, ”he explained.

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Chappel has designed all of The Masked Sing’s costumes since its first season in 2019.

For the third season of this year, it introduced a slew of stunning new masks, including Professor, Mullet, Atlantis, Baby, Kebab, Lightning, Duster, and Piñata.

So far, three celebrities have been unmasked – footballer Vinnie Jones as Volcano, chef George Calombaris as Duster and singer Ben Lee as teacher.

The Masked Singer Australia continues Monday at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 10

Fantastic: For the third season of this year, it introduced a slew of stunning new masks, including Professor, Mullet, Atlantis, Baby, Kebab, Lightning, Duster and Piñata

Fantastic: For the third season of this year, it introduced a slew of stunning new masks, including Professor, Mullet, Atlantis, Baby, Kebab, Lightning, Duster and Piñata

Don't miss it!  The Masked Singer Australia continues Monday at 7:30 pm on Channel 10. Pictured: Masked Singer host Osher Günsberg

Don’t miss it! The Masked Singer Australia continues Monday at 7:30 pm on Channel 10. Pictured: Masked Singer host Osher Günsberg

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