Costume Designer • Design costumes or selects them from rental spaces • Works closely with the actors to determine movement needs • Must be aware of: • Character style and personality • Mood • Design and style of the era • Character relationships • Safety
Vocabulary • Costume Plot-plot of all character costumes, with location and provided information • Costume Rendering-drawing of costume design using color • Fabric Swatch-small sample of fabric selection for costumes • Cutter/Draper- is responsible for actually translating the designer’s sketches into reality • First hand-to supervise the construction of the costumes • Stitchers-operate the sewing machines and do the hand sewing that pieces the costumes together • Wardrobe supervisor-responsible for all costumes and accessories
Costume Development • There are three different ways a costume is created for a production • Rental: the theatre rents costumes from a costume shop • Reuse: costume shops use materials and stock to create a new piece • Build: construct a costume from scratch
COSTUME FYI The production budget for the Broadway musical Wicked was $42 million The bubble dress for Glinda in the Broadway production of Wicked is worth approximately $35,000. The costume was built from scratch and includes thousands of beads and sequins that were hand stitched. The main dress for the Wicked Witch is worth approximately $20,00.
Costume Needs • Costumes used in theatre or dance performances often need to serve multiple purposes • At times an actor may need to change costume quickly or on stage • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcP1cV3nBZI • If a costume is being used in a musical or dance number, the costume cannot hinder the actor • The costume must be durable, shows on Broadway can run up to 10 times in a week • The costume must be safe for the actor
Costume Project with Sorry Wrong Number partner • Create a costume plot including: • All characters • Costume change locations (page #’s) • Specific costume information • Create a rendering for: • Every character • 1 costume with color • Research to support costume choices • 1940’s clothing • Cite your sources