"We re creating a fantasy land that also is inspired by some of the imagery you'd see today," costume designer Paul Tazewell tells PEOPLE

By Patrick Gomez
Updated October 13, 2015 01:00 PM
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The Wiz Live! may not be airing until Dec. 3, but PEOPLE has the exclusive First Look photos of Dorothy and her friends in costume.

“We’re creating a fantasy land that also is inspired by some of the imagery you’d see today,” Tony-nominated costume designer Paul Tazewell says in the next issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. “It’s the edgiest of high-fashion from now but in the world of the Emerald City.”

Shanice Williams as Dorothy

“It’s greatly influenced by where we start: a contemporary Kansas,” says Tazewell. “Dorothy is dressed as a modern teenager.”

Elijah Kelley as the Scarecrow

“He’s a fashion-forward scarecrow,” says Tazewell. “His suit is something you would find at a secondhand store but when he embodies it, becomes much more hip – reminiscent of Basquiat character.”

Ne-Yo as the Tin Man

“He is a woodsman translated into the world of tin,” says Tazewell. “It’s much more literal to work clothing than it is created out of a patchwork of metal. And it’s topped off with a tree-worker’s metal hat.”

David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion

“We see him as a real lion,” says Tazewell. “His updated look is a mane that is made out of dreads and a vest that is styled in a more contemporary way.”

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