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Costume Design & History Timeline

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Michelle Smith

on 28 April 2016

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Transcript of Costume Design & History Timeline

1. Analysis -
Read Script, Collaborate with directors/designers
2. Research -
Time Period, Previous Productions
3. Incubation & Selection
- Preliminary Sketching and Color Layout & Final Sketches
*Create a Costume Plot*
4. Implementation
- Finding/Buying Costume Pieces, Sewing, Constructing and Tailoring
& Attend Rehearsals
5. Evaluation
- Alterations and Back-Stage Assistance
Costume Design

Create A Timeline for Costume History

: Sort, label and organize according to character and scene.
Envision a variety of ensembles for multiple characters of varying personas.
Accessories and pattern used attributes to the audience’s perception of the character.
Level headed
: Take on challenges and Actors calmly
Open minded
: Look at thing’s through the director, lighting, makeup and actor’s perspectives.

*Necessary knowledge of fashion history, sewing
and textile interactions*
Costume Connoisseurs
Catherine Zuber:
Yale School of Drama
40 Broadway shows including:
The Big Knife,My Fair Lady
Winner of 5 Tony Awards

William Ivey Long
:Yale School of Drama
Well known on Broadway for designing costumes for shows like
Hairspray, Chicago
Winner of 6 Tony Awards

Theoni V. Aldredge:
(1922-2011) The Theatre School at DePaul University
In 1984 over 1000 of her costumes were featured in five musicals that were running at the same time on Broadway:
A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, La Cage aux Folles
42nd Street.
Winner of 3 Tony Awards

Men’s Fashion:
Casual t-shirts under designer jackets (which
may have shoulder pads)
bright colors
- Suits in white, pastel, or
- Loafers or boat shoes, minus socks
Denim Jackets, Vest, Pants
Track Suits

Women’s Fashion:
- Colors: browns and tans and oranges or Bright Neons
- Fabric - Velour & velvet, Spandex
High Waisted pants
Bright colored accessories like sunglasses, bangles and hoop earrings
Leggings, Sweatshirts, Parachute Pants

1980’s Fashion
known as the decade of excess

Position & Status
Costume Designers Objectives
*Set Tone & Style
*Indicate Time & Place
*Indicate Characterization
*Indicate Relationships
*Consistency with Production
Tone & Style
Time & Place
Character Traits
Consistency with Production
Costume Design Process
Incubation & Selection
What makes a good
costume designer?
On the left is Avengers Cap, and on the
right is the Winter Soldier version.
What is different about the costumes?
What words would you use to describe
each of them?
Good versus Evil
In Ancient Rome . . . The male tunic would generally reach roughly to the knees, whereas women’s tunics would generally be longer, some reaching to the ground. Female tunics often also had long sleeves.
When would each of theses dresses be worn?
"Alice's Adventures In
Wonderland" - Steampunk
Seussical the
She is laughing to herself,
as she takes off her hat and
coat. She takes a packet of
macaroons from her pocket
and eats one or two; then
goes cautiously to her
husband's door
Costume Renderings
& Designs
"All of this looks pretty fabulous,
but it doesn’t always correspond
to what’s happening. And some of
the interpolations are
seriously irritating."
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