Costume Designers – What Do They Do?

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You see the outfits the actors are wearing? Beautiful, aren’t they? Guess who is in charge of making them. Well, look at the title of the article. That’s right, costume designers!

Can you name a famous costume designer? I bet most of you couldn’t. And I don’t blame you. Despite their importance to the production, costume designers don’t get much attention from the audience. The invisibility of a costume designer’s labor frequently means that she (let’s just use ‘she’ here okay?) is marginalized on the set and in the press.Here’s what costume designers do. A costume designer is in charge of designing, making, fixing, and acquiring the costumes actors and extras wear for

Here’s what costume designers do. A costume designer is in charge of designing, making, fixing, and acquiring the costumes actors and extras wear for theatre, television, or film productions. In short, she helps define the overall look of the production.

The typical design process for a costume designer typically starts with an in-depth analysis of the script and characters. To design the costumes, a costume designer must have a thorough understanding of the production. Next would be the initial sketching phase, and then a series of more finished drawings, renderings or paintings from which the actual costumes or patterns will be generated. Most importantly, she must work alongside the director to ensure that every actor is wearing clothing appropriate to the director’s vision. Once the director approves the costume designer’s preliminary sketches, she or he can draw up the final costume designs.

Once a production begins, the costume designer’s job is basically complete though she may assist in the event problems occur with costumes during production. Furthermore, she should be on set whenever a new costume is worn for the first time to make sure that performers are comfortable, to explain special features, and to oversee any alterations. Costume Designers are also responsible for returning rented outfits, and the sale or disposal of any remaining costumes.

Costumes can tell a story. How do you make the audience know that a character is a doctor? Simply, make the actor wear a doctor’s outfit. The costume designer may be overlooked most of the time; however, it doesn’t make their jobs any less important than that of the actors, director, and screenwriter.

 

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costume_designer

http://www.aact.org/costume-designer

 

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