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.
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.