Anna Wintour has credited her daughter Bee Shaffer for coming up with the idea to incorporate the rainbow pride flag on the Tony Awards red carpet.
While Broadway’s biggest stars walked the red carpet at the annual ceremony – hosted by James Corden – at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, the Vogue editor-in-chief worked hard behind the scenes with designer Raul Avila on the stunning floral display.
A staggering 22,000 roses were spray painted by hand to form a rainbow floral wall that lined the red carpet, with stars including Billy Porter, Bryan Cranston, Tina Fey, Lucy Liu and Adam Driver posing in front of the symbol that represents the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.
“It was my daughter’s idea,” Wintour told Entertainment Tonight. “I was going to do lilac and purple, and she said, ‘No, just go for the stripes.’ And she was right.
“We’ve tried all sorts of different widths, and we ended up with his. They’re all spray painted by hand, all 22,000 roses.”
The rainbow-hued red carpet was in honour of World Pride, which is being hosted this year by New York City in conjunction with NYC Pride.
Work on the stunning Pride-themed red carpet began a few days before the Tony Awards, with a custom-built wall created to try and withstand the staggering amount of flowers.
“Anna always has such clear vision for the creative direction,” Avila, who has worked with Wintour on the Met Gala since 2007, explained. “The floral display is a reflection and celebration of the performing arts community as we hit the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
“This is an extremely important year for us and the Broadway community.”
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