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May 9, 2014

Q&A: Elizabeth Wheat on costuming and serendipity

NORMAN — Elizabeth Wheat is no stranger to costumes. The Minneapolis native made a decade-long career out of dressing the stars of shows like “Will and Grace,” “Criminal Minds,” “My Name is Earl,” “Jonas Brothers” and “Scrubs.”

After relocating to Norman in 2010 from Los Angeles so her husband could teach at the University of Oklahoma, Wheat’s new client base consists of customers at Queen of Hart’s Costumes in Norman where she works.

Life isn’t as fast-paced for Wheat any more, but it’s a lifestyle change she welcomes with open arms. No matter her location, Wheat said telling stories through costuming is always fulfilling.

For more information on Wheat, find “Elizabeth Wheat Wardrobe Stylist” on Facebook. For more on Queen of Hart’s Costumes visit


Q: Tell me how you got into costuming.

A: Originally, when I was in art school they had offered a class in costume design through the fashion department, where I went at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I had been a fashion student up until that point. I took that class and I was totally hooked at that point. The magic of it is being a part of a story, being a part of that story and how you help tell that story is what you put on the actor.

And that to me just hit a vein, it felt right. That sense of how do you tell this story via what the person’s wearing. It’s a universal language and has very specific meanings but you can interrupt them through creating outfits and creating juxtapositions of different things that have a different message.


Q: How did you get started in your career out of that?

A: When I was in art school I spent one year living in New York as a part of an exchange they had — all the art schools have a loft there. So I went to that and landed an internship at Donna Karen and at Phantom of the Opera. ...

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