In Amy Herzog’s play 4000 Miles, life unexpectedly throws Leo and Vera together. They are drastically different, with Leo in biking attire and casual jeans and Vera in the effortless wardrobe she’s collected throughout her time living in the West Village of New York City. Costume designer Jan Chambers has crafted distinct ensembles that reflect the unique lives of the play’s characters.

Vera’s closet is full of items she’s collected over the years. She’s lived in the same apartment since the 1950s, so her wardrobe is as eclectic as the fashion trends of the decades Vera has experienced. Vera dresses comfortably, but Jan made sure she has some pizazz. Jan says, “Vera is not your Midwestern grandmother.” Because she has a visitor, she is dressing up more than usual. Vera also attends two funerals during the play, but Jan said she wears a lot of black anyway. “She’s a New Yorker,” Jan explains. 
Costuming Leo proved to be a challenge, as he’s been on a 4000 mile bicycling trip from Seattle to New York. When he arrives at Vera’s door, the only clothes he has are the items he could carry in a bag. His wardrobe is that of an unrestricted nomad on a bicycle, including jeans, a rain jacket, a V-neck sweater, and other casual clothing he could bring from place to place.

Amanda, played by Sehee Lee, is an art student Leo brings home one night. Jan said she and director Desdemona Chiang really enjoyed putting her outfit together. Amanda wears platform shoes, fishnet tights, purple streaks in her hair, and a coral leather jacket. She’s young, quirky, and has the edginess of a New York City art student.

See Jan’s costume renderings come to life below! 
Jan’s design for Leo, as worn by Schuyler Scott Mastain. Photo by Curtis Brown.
Jan’s design for Vera, as worn by Dee Maaske. Photo by Jon Gardiner.
Jan’s design for Bec, as worn by Arielle Yoder. Photo by Jon Gardiner.
Jan’s design for Leo, as worn by Schuyler Scott Mastain. Photo by Curtis Brown.

Jan’s design for Vera, as worn by Dee Maaske. Photo by Jon Gardiner.

Jan’s design for Amanda, as worn by Sehee Lee. Photo by Jon Gardiner.
Jan’s design for Vera, as worn by Dee Maaske. Photo by Curtis Brown.
Jan’s design for Leo, as worn by Schuyler Scott Mastain. Photo by Jon Gardiner.

See Jan Chambers‘ designs onstage in 4000 Miles through April 19th!

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