Costume design


Costume design
Costume design for Gianetta - The Gondoliers

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. 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.

Four types of costumes are used in theatrical design, Historical, fantastic, dance, and modern.[1]

Designs are first sketched out and approved, then either draped on a form or a pattern drafted. Along with the fabricated portion, the costume may require accessories such as footwear, hats and head dresses for the actors to wear, but it may also include designing masks, makeup, wigs, underwear or other unusual specialty items, such as the full body animal suits for the characters in the musical Cats (designed by John Napier, winner of the 1983 Tony Award for Best Costume Design). Costumes budgets will generally be as high a cost as other departments or theatrical needs such as set design.

Contents

History

In its earliest form, costumes consisted of theatrical prop masks from the time of the ancient Greeks. Costume design evolved as the need for more elaborate and detailed characterizations were needed as the performances became more intricate and more complex characters began to emerge on stage. Defining each character separately allowing the audience the ability to follow a storyline with a conceptualised look defined prior to a performance was, and is needed as part of preproduction preparations.

Early performers were generally male, therefore costuming was needed for gender disguise so as to create the illusion of the opposite sex. In Asia, the men would dress up as women. Costuming also helps create other character building imagery such as age. The leading characters will have more detail and design to make them stand out and relate a sense of trust to the audience. Styles and technique has changed over the centuries but have maintained basic principles of clothing design yet geared towards pushing the characters traits out in its appearance. The designer meets the cast, measuring each performer and making certain that the costumes will be appropriate for each individual.

Historical costumes of Le Cateau Cambrésis, France

See also

References

  1. ^ Grimball and Wells, Elizabeth B. and Rhea (1925). Costuming a Play: Inter-Theatre Arts Handbook. The Century Co.. pp. 6. ISBN 000-00000. 

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Fantasy Costume Design for Film — The Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Fantasy Costume Design for Film was one of the annual awards given by Costume Designers Guild. This award was first combined with Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Period Costume… …   Wikipedia

  • Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Costume Design for a Contemporary Film — The Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Costume Design for a Contemporary Film (previously Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Contemporary Costume Design for Film) was awarded for the first time in 2000, honouring 1999… …   Wikipedia

  • Costume Designers Guild Award for Best Costume Design — The Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Contemporary Costume Design for Television Series was awarded for the first time in 2000, honouring 1999 filmmaking. Winners 1990s 1999: Sex and the City by designer Patricia Field 2000s 2000:… …   Wikipedia

  • Costume Designers Guild Award for Best Costume Design - Contemporary Film — The Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Contemporary Costume Design for Film was awarded for the first time in 2000, honouring 1999 filmmaking.Winners1990s* 1999: American Beauty :by designer Julie Weiss2000s* 2000: Erin Brockovich… …   Wikipedia

  • Costume Designers Guild Award for Best Costume Design - Contemporary TV Series — The Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Contemporary Costume Design for Television Series was awarded for the first time in 2000, honouring 1999 filmmaking.Winners1990s* 1999: Sex and the City :by designer Patricia Field2000s* 2000:… …   Wikipedia

  • Costume Designers Guild Award for Best Costume Design - Period or Fantasy TV Series — The Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Period or Fantasy Costume Design for Television Series was awarded for the first time in 2000, honouring 1999 filmmaking.Winners1990s* 1999: Annie :by designer Shay Cunliffe2000s* 2000: Geppetto …   Wikipedia

  • Costume Designers Guild Award for Best Costume Design - Miniseries or TV Film — The Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Costume Design for Mini Series or TV Film was awarded for the first time in 2006, honouring 2005 filmmaking.Winners2000s* 2005: Elvis :by designer Eduardo Castro * 2006: Elizabeth I :by designer …   Wikipedia

  • Tony Award for Best Costume Design — This is a list of the winners and nominations for the Tony Award for Best Costume Design. When first presented in 1947, the category included both plays and musicals. In 1961, and since 2005 each genre is represented in its own category.Awards… …   Wikipedia

  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design — The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design is presented by the Drama Desk, a committee of New York City theatre critics, writers, and editors. It honors the costume designers of productions staged on Broadway, off Broadway, off off… …   Wikipedia

  • César Award for Best Costume Design — This is the list of winners and nominees of the César Award for Best Costume Design (French: César des meilleurs costumes). Contents 1 Winners and nominees 1.1 1980s 1.2 1990s 1.3 2000s …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.