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Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMovies · 8 years ago

movie costume designer info?

career info and qualifications

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    The Art of Costume Designing

    Costume Designers need to possess strong, creative artistic skills.

    Costume Designers must possess a thorough knowledge of fabric and textiles, patterns and pattern development, draping, and fitting. They must have a solid understanding of the history of fashion and costumes.

    Designers must also be able to visualize how the costumes will move during a production, how the lighting works with the costumes. Performers want to have a say in their costumes, how they fit, move, and the direction they want to take their character, so the designers must be flexible.

    In the Carol Burnett picture, she has 'fashioned' her own costume using a curtain hanging off stage. She is one actor who can take a simple object, like a curtain, and turn it into a fashion/comedy sketch. You will learn to see the potential in ordinary objects and turn them into fantastic costume design.

    Costume designer's job is to seek to enhance the character's personality, depict changes in social status or time periods through the design of garments and other means of dressing, as well as distorting and enhancing the body - all to the specifications of the director's vision.

    There have been many movies made that carry you from a characters youth through senior years. Along with the changes in costumes, both by covering a long span of time with fashion and style changes, make up artists work magic on the actors features. Aging them gracefully, or quickly. Costume designers will have racks of clothing set aside since the director will shoot scenes out of sequence.

    The costumes must be durable, some stage productions can run for months, even years. They must allow for weight gain/loss of the actors and understudies.

    Costumes can range from historical clothing (Gone with the Wind) to aliens (Alien), from robots (The Terminator) to animals (Cats). From fantasy (Spiderman and The X-Men) to reality (The Color Purple) Costumes for performing music artists like Cher, to television stars like Carol Burnett. You can be a 'Bob Mackey' in your own right!

    Types of Costume Designers


    The freelance designer is hired for a specific production by the dance. theatre or opera company, and may or may not actually be local to the theater that they are designing for.

    Traditionally freelance designers are paid in three installments: Upon hire, on the delivery of final renderings, and opening night of the production. The may find themselves designing for several productions at the same time.


    The Academic Designers is a person who holds a position as a teaching professor. This designer is generally an instructor, however, may also be a residential designer as well. As their schedule allows they may also take on freelance jobs. It is becoming increasingly required that a professor possess a Master of Fine Arts degree in order to teach


    This designers is generally employed by a particular theater, opera or dance company. This may be a contract for an extended production - some have lasted years, or a short contract like "summer stock". Generally when a residential designer is under contract, they cannot obtain freelance jobs, or are limited in the work they are allowed to accept. A residential designer must be on hand (often referred to as 'on location') at that theater, working constantly with the production teams.

    In any theater there is always a costume shop, where the Residential and Academic Designers act as the Shop Master (or Mistress). This shop also includes the stitchers, cutters, drapers,

    Education and Experience - The Basics

    You'll need to know how to paint and draw. You'll need to be able to present your costume ideas as colored sketches. You'll need to be able to sketch quickly and accurately. One skill you'll need to possess is the ability to draw the body, how it moves, with the costumes.

    You'll need to know how to sew. Costume designers, generally, have taken advanced classes in tailoring and costume making.

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