The Stylistic brings you conversations about art, fashion and lifestyle with interesting men of size from around the world. In the latest installment, we meet 26 year old Antonio Consuegra, a costume designer working on his first Broadway show in New York City.
Are you originally from NYC? No, I was born in New Jersey, but grew up in a little town called Lebanon in Pennsylvania.
Did you always want to be a costume designer? When I was in high school, I wanted to either be a director, or an elementary school art teacher, I didn’t even know “costume designer” was a choice. About 5 years ago, it [costume design] just felt into my lap, and I loved it. That’s when I knew it was what I wanted to do!
What was it like working on your first broadway show? Amazing, crazy, scary, fun and a blessing! I did Doctor Zhivago, where I was on the costume design crew, and had the opportunity to work with the amazing costume designer Paul Tazewell!. It was a huge show, with lots of costumes, and tons of fur.
Have you always been interested in style? I’ve always wanted to look good and dress well. I spend a lot of time reading about new trends and looking for ways to work them into my own looks, or into the things I’m creating.
How would you describe your own look? My style is a mix. I love preppy, hipster, classy looks. I don’t stick with just one style, I’m open to a lot of things, like colors, prints, and vintage clothes.
Where do you like to shop? Buffalo Exchange, H&M, Old Navy, and Zara are good, but my favorites are a bunch of the thrift stores around the city!
Do you think it’s easier for big men in NYC to find clothes that fit? Definitely. There’s such a wide range of stores to choose from in New York City. I have the most luck at vintage and thrift stores. It’s all about researching and being willing to try things on.
Do you have any tips for guys who are working on fine-tuning their own style? Buy things that make you look and feel great! Don’t be afraid to try something new, like colors or prints. You never know what you’ll end up loving. If you’re not sure where to start, take time to do some research, or a find someone who with a good sense of style who can give you tips.
What’s next for you? I’ll be designing Off-Broadway/regional shows, and just continuing to work toward getting that big Broadway show where I’ll be the head designer, and get that TONY!