Costume Design And Designer
Costume design is the fabrication of apparel for the overall appearance of a character or performer. This usually involves researching, designing and building the actual items from conception. Costume design is a vital tool in storytelling, from the most obvious and flamboyant show clothing to contemporary clothes. Costumes may be for a theater or cinema performance but may not be limited to such. Costume design should not be confused with costume coordination which merely involves altering existing clothing, although both create stage clothes.
Costumes worn by actors have to be practical, able to stand up to the rigours of being worn sometimes hundreds of times, under hot lighting, in actions that can involve physical exertion and therefore call for flexibility as well as comfort.
Types Of Costumes:
Four types of costumes
|[pic] |[pic] | | | | |1.Historical |2. Fantastic | | | | |[pic] |[pic] | | | | |3. Dance |4. Modern. |
The process of designing costumes:
A costume designer's process parallels the set designer's process, but with many important differences. 1. Text analysis: the costume designer looks specifically at the characters, the characters' actions, how the characters change through the play, the times and locations of the play, and the style of the play. 2. Production meetings: the costume designer must also work within a director's concept for the play, which may shift the time, place, or style from that indicated by the playwright, and coordinate with other designers' ideas. 3. The costume designer may present initial ideas in the form of thumbnail sketches, color palettes, fabric swatches, or pictures drawn from outside sources. 4. Once final designs have been approved, the costume designer creates renderings. Unlike the set designer, who may create only one rendering if the play takes place on a unit set, the costume designer normally creates a different rendering for each costume. Sometimes one character will be drawn in various costumes in one rendering, or several chorus members might be combined in one rendering. Costume designers' renderings include swatches , or small samples, of each fabric to be used in the costume. 5. The costume designer gives the renderings to the costume shop for use in constructing the costumes. Thus, renderings may also contain verbal instructions. The designer may also sketch other views of the costume to aid the shop in building the garments, for example, an elaborate bustle on the back of a skirt would need a separate drawing if the rendering showed the skirt from the front. Outer garments or accessories might also be sketched separately. The costume designer does not provide the equivalent of the...