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Choose a play, set in time period prior to 1950. Describe the processes of designing costumes and fully preparing them for performance and ...
Choose a play with which you are familiar, set in a time period prior to 1950. Describe the processes of designing costumes and fully preparing them for performance. Discuss design considerations and processes, sources of costumes, and the process of preparation.
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As a way into the subtleties of a dramatic text, designing costumes is very revealing. Besides the "silhouette" that immediately identifies the play's period (bustles, hats, bustlines, etc.) much can be revealed about each character: economic status, flamboyance, sloppiness, roguishness, etc. The audience looks at the costumes for two or three hours (a costumer's reminder). By paying attention to colors, a designer can make associations between characters, pairing lovers, grouping families, etc. Then there are the hand props as part of the costume--scarves, gloves, belts, etc. By articulating a full costume designer, you are demonstrating your understanding of each character in great detail. As for wearing the costumes, the actors must be able to move (incharacter) and off-stage. Fastenings must be in period but workable and not too warm under the stage lights.
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