The Nature of Costume Design • The costume designs for a production need to • Reflect the production design team’s agreed upon interpretation for the production concept • Exhibit a unity of style among all the costume designs for that production • Provide a visual reflection of the personality and nature of each character at a given time in the play • Provide visual information about the world of the play including locale, period, season, time of day, culture, and other elements
Types of Costume Designs • Character costume designs are those that are dictated by specific information contained in the script • Decorative costume designs are simply those costumes that appear to be no more than decorative elements in the general stage picture.
The Psychological Meaning of Clothes • What a person wears and how it is worn says a great deal about that person and the society in which he or she lives. • How and why? • Give some examples
Clothing can be worn to conform or to rebel against a certain segment of society.
Clothes can be visible clues to the wearer’s emotional state.
Historical Period: The shape or silhouette of garments can provide clear indications of their historical period.
Clothing can suggest socioeconomic status, occupation and climate and season
General Considerations • Analyzing the script • The script provides specific factual information. • Gender, agae, time of day, season, historical period, climate, time span, occupation, etc. • Stereotypical Costuming • Avoid making costumes that clearly proclaim who or what a character is • Character Evolution • Costumed need to match the growth or lack of growth of a character • Give me examples from Into the Woods • Interpretation of Period • Costumes make a statement that visually unifies the historical period, style of script and production concept
Practical Considerations • Needs of the Actor • Physical: the costume should fit properly and not inhibit the performance • Psychological: ? • Production Venue • Influenced by the venue. How? • Budget • Construction Demands
Organizational Paperwork • Costume Chart • Visually plot what each character wears in each scene of the play • You might also want to attach swatches to each change • Costume List • Specifies every element, including accessories, of each costume worn by every actor.
Visual Presentations • Preliminary Sketches • Similar to thumbnails • First tangible impressions of the ideas you have • Costume Layout • Small figures, simply and clearly drawn that illustrate the costume designs for a number of characters. • Costume Sketch • Full color drawing that should give a strong indication of character. • Conveys the designer’s concepts to the director and producer for approval • Used by the scenic and lighting designers to provide information on the color palette of the show.