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Costume Designer

USA 829 Costume Designers create the looks of actors and performers in theatre, dance, opera, film and television. The Costume Designer is a visual storyteller, translating dramatic ideas into physical garments for stage and screen, in a process that begins with creative conceptualization and extends through to execution. The Costume Designer‘s work includes script analysis in order to determine both the physical needs of the project and an overarching visual concept; the production of all required costume sketches ; selection of all fabrics and trims for any built costumes; providing any specifications needed by the costume shop to make or alter costumes and costume accessories; selection of any purchased, promoted, or rented garments and accessories; the supervision of all necessary fittings ; attending of any necessary rehearsals and production meetings; hair and make-up consultation; and budget management. The ability to do these things requires a strong foundation in all of the arts, a firm understanding of historic and contemporary period and style, garment construction, fabric techniques such as painting and dying as well as an ability to work collaboratively with directors, actor/performers, fellow designers, writers, and producers. In the words of the legendary Costume Designer, Edith Head: “What a costume designer does is a cross between magic and camouflage. We create the illusion of changing the actors into what they are not.