COSTUMES 101: Dressing the Part
COSTUME“NEED-TO-KNOW” • Every garment worn in a production is a costume piece. • Costumes are a storytelling tool.
COSTUME “NEED-TO-KNOW” • Costume design is NOT fashion design.
Design clothes for CONSUMERS. • Select colors/fabrics & sketch designs that they create. • Study current fashion trends. FASHION DESIGNERS…
Design clothes for PERFORMERS. • Consult with director to choose colors/fabrics. • Study historical & current fashion trends. COSTUMEDESIGNERS…
WHAT DO COSTUMERS DO? And what’s the big deal about it, anyway?
COSTUMERS MUST… 1. Read the script and know the characters
COSTUME “NEED-TO-KNOW” • Costumes convey information about the character to the audience. • What kind of information???
Clothes can immediately communicate… • Position and status • Gender • Occupation • Occasion • A bit about personality (is the person flamboyant? Modest? Independent? A conformist? Etc.)
COSTUMERS MUST… 2. Know the LOCATION (setting).
COSTUMERS MUST… 3. Know the TIME
COSTUMERS MUST… 4. Know the ACTION in each scene.
RESEARCH! • After a designer reads the script, they meet with the director to discuss their plans.
RESEARCH! • Then, they can begin to RESEARCH the costume design…
RESEARCH! • How do you do RESEARCH for a project at school?
COSTUME RESEARCH • Library • Internet • Travel • Interviews • Art • Imagination
Costumes should be carefully planned… Inspiration from artand imagination
RENDERING • A rendering is a detailed visual of a costume, prop, set, etc • Renderings are drawn by the designers and reflect their own personal artistic style. • Renderings can be labeled with materials.
Did you know…? • Costumers have to “age” brand new clothing? (WHY? HOW?) Distressing
C R Productions Cornell University Dandenong Theatre Company
SACS High School Barrington Stage