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EXCLUSIVE SKETCHES: The Masked Singer costumes were designed BEFORE the show was cast

Meet Oscar award-winning costume designer Tim Chappel - the creative mind behind the amazing get-ups in The Masked Singer

By Anita Lyons
It's set to be one of the most exciting shows to hit this year, and if the insane costumes are anything to go by, The Masked Singer will not disappoint.
The show already has a star-studded line-up (even before the celebrities under the masks have been revealed), with the likes of superstars Dannii Minogue, Lindsay Lohan, Jackie O, Dave Hughes and Osher Gunsberg at the helm - but there's one more behind-the-scenes, who is just as famous in his own right.
And that is costume designer, Tim Chappel.
While The Masked Singer is his most current project, Tim is most famous for winning an Academy Award, a BAFTA and an Australian Film Institute award (AFI) for his costume design for the feature film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
The incredibly talented designer also won a Tony Award for Best Costume Design in a musical and has since gone on to design for a multitude of other projects including the feature film Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock and The Little Shop of Horrors on Broadway.
Now, in an exclusive interview with Now to Love, Tim reveals the process behind the incredible new costumes and spills on the fact that he's one of the only people in the country who actually knows who is behind the masks.
Academy award winning designer, Tim Chappel shares his "Unicorn" design from The Masked Singer. (Source: Getty Images/SNS)
Tim had a couple interesting insights to share about the design process.
First: "We designed all the costumes before it was cast." And then also that the celebrities got to choose which mask they would wear.
"It was really interesting because the ones [the celebrities] who got in early had a wider pick but weirdly enough, everybody ended up with exactly the right costume.
"Because it either worked for their personality, or worked totally against who they are."
These A-List celebrities have been shrouded in secrecy, with even host Osher not knowing who they were until the big reveal.
But for the celebs - who are not necessarily professional singers - the elaborate costumes gave them free reign to do as they pleased.
"It was so fun to watch them put their costumes on because most of them, once they got into costume, were like: 'Oh My God, I'm not me anymore. I can do what I want.'
"They were totally free because no one knew who they were and they'd really personify the characters."
The mighty Lion in action on The Masked Singer stage! (Source: Network Ten)
For the Academy Award winner, the appeal with the show was not only being able to design the outrageous costumes, but the "guessing game" factor that comes along with it.
"My mum and my sister went to a taping and there's not a day that goes by that I don't hear from them with a guess about who a celebrity is!"
See all of Tim Chappel's AMAZING designs for The Masked Singer in the gallery below! Who do YOU think are behind the masks?

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