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Transcript of Costume Design
Functions of Costume Design
Indicate gender and reflect age
Reflect a character's psychology
Establish a social and economic status.
Identify occupation or lifestyle
Establish or clarify character relationships
Establish relative importance of characters
Establish time and place
Reflect mood and atmosphere
Establish a particular style
Reflect a formalized convention
Alter an actor's appearance
Enhance or impede movement
Underline development of the dramatic action
Create both variety and unity
The Costume Designer's Skills
Social and Cultural historian
Working Plans and Procedures
Roughs, Inspiration boards, sketches
Sketches from various angles
Realizing the Designs
Pull from stock
Made or built
Patterns draped or drafted
Distressing, trim, finishing
Traditionally considered the actors' responsibility
The costume designer conceives the makeup design
Professional actors generally apply their own makeup based on the desgins
Functions of Makeup
Restores color and form diminished by stage lighting
Indicative of performance style.
Age groups, straight or character, special effects
Prosthetic appliances, facial hair & wigs
Allows for evaluation of costumes under the lights or the distractions of performance
Allows for evaluation of costumes in performance conditions
The Costume Designer's Assistants:
Costume Studio Staff