Creates Iconic Looks for SNL?
Tom Broecker ’84
For more than two decades, Tom Broecker ’84 has been the costume designer for Saturday Night Live, picking out clothes and designing iconic looks for Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, and Jimmy Fallon. “The psychology of the clothes and the people I’m dressing are more interesting to me than the actual garment. Fashion is more about making someone look pretty, whereas costume design is telling a story with clothes, reinforced with text.” Tom also designed the costumes for House of Cards and 30 Rock. He even had a small, recurring cameo in 30 Rock as “Lee”—the costume designer. “I’m really proud of 30 Rock. Because I was in the show, it was happening so fast, and it really seemed like a part of me.” Even though he’s won multiple Emmys for his work, Tom has learned to not get attached to his own work. When he’s working for SNL, he might start the week costuming a sketch featuring Keenan Thompson, and by the end of the week, that sketch could change to Kate McKinnon in Thompson’s role. “You have to be able to throw your designs out. The best thing the show has taught me is to be able to throw out whatever I’m working on at any given moment and start over. You have to be able to change, move, throw something upside down.”
That’s a Wabash man for you. Seriously.