David: Was this the first time you’ve worked overseas?
Jason: No, I also worked at Shanghai Disneyland last year. I was at their Grand Opening Celebration doing costumes and props.
David: You must have some interesting people show up at Michael Curry’s.
Jason: We get client visits from Disney and Universal Studios all the time. Siegfried from Siegfried & Roy has been here because he’s friends with Michael (Curry). Steve Wynn is another of his friends that makes appearances. Who else? It was a bummer that Michael Jackson was never here. We did all the puppetry for his “This is It” tour. A couple of my colleagues are in the “This is It” documentary that was made from the rehearsal footage for the tour.
David: I know that you listen to music while you work. What music has inspired you?
Jason: At the opera I tortured people with some of my music tastes. Most notably Philip Glass. I have quite a Glass collection. I find his music to be so focusing. Lately I’ve been listening to Eydie Gorme & Steve, the Nirvana Unplugged album, opera, classical music, and Liberace.
David: What do you eventually want to make for Jillian?
Jason: I need to make her some kind of Bob Mackie-Liza Minnelli outfit! Mackie designed for everybody… the Carol Burnett Show, Cher… The quintessential Liza outfit is the sparkle jumpsuit. Black or red.
David: If you could design and build costumes for anyone, who would it be?
Jason: It used to be Lady Gaga. Definitely RuPaul. I’m also in love with this guy, Perfume Genius. I’d love to costume him.
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