Friday, December 26, 2008

Costume design

The costume designer is the person whose responsibility is to drawing costumes for a film or stage production. The costume designer might also work together with a hair/wig master or a makeup designer. In European theatre the position is to some extent different as the theatre designer will design both costume and scenic elements.

Costume designers will normally seek to improve a character's person, to create an evolving plan of color, changing public status or period through the image design of garments and other means of dressing, distorting and enhancing the body - within the framework of the director's vision. At the same time, the costume designer must ensure that the designs allow the actor to shift in a manner consistent with the historical period and enables the actor to execute the director's blocking of the production costume without damage to the garments. Extra costume considerations include the durability and wash ability of garments, particularly in extended runs.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Dance costumes

The purpose of a dance costume is to improve the dancer’s body and the idea of the choreographer. “Costumes are clothes and they are art. They make the invisible ideas visible”. Dance costume has evolved costumes throughout time and involves a lot of different factors to create a costume that will connect the audience.

“Clothing damaged in dance training usually reflects period, culture, and performance traditions”. Throughout history clothing has turn into more cut down as dance costume becomes more physically demanding and free. In the past, costumes would dance in gardens and halls in elaborate and expensive costumes. However, in the eighteenth century they began to dance costumes in theaters and to “throw away cumbersome garments” by training in daily clothing. The ballerina Marie Tagline, in the nineteenth century discarded weighty costumes and began wearing what the standard costumes ballet uniform is today, a lightweight skirt. This change allowed the image of increased physical prowess. Marie Tagline also inspired the first tutu. As dance costumes increased in athleticism more of the body was revealed. The hemline of the tutu grew shorter until the leg was exposed and the pelvic area was framed in a minute kilt.