The Art of Living
UNPREDICTABILITY It’s how he keeps his designs fresh, says Bob Finnigan, cavorting in front of the Mummers Museum.
The Costume King
This ingenious designer’s wild getups bring zing to a New Year’s Day tradition
WHEN HE WAS FOUR, Bob Finnigan sat on a peach
crate in the freezing cold and witnessed his first
ensembles—and strutted in them, too. Today Finnigan,
67, a retired display merchandiser, says he’s living a de-
signer’s dream, turning themes on Latin American fiestas
or Parisian cancans into award-winning, multi-feathered,
brocade, velvet, satin, and even metal outfits for as many
as 800 Mummers. “It’s great to see my whole vision un-
fold before me with a production that breaks all the rules,”
he says. “It’s what keeps me going.” —JoAnn Greco
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