WHAT IS COSTUME DESIGN?
- A designer who works in tandem with the director, actors, scenic designers, props masters and lighting designers (as well as a few others) to create a cohesive costume design for a theatrical performance. This includes any items that the characters wear on their bodies, from period-appropriate undergarments, to dresses, to pants, to wigs, and more. They work closely with the makeup artist and hair/wig designers to create a look for each character.
A costume designer should have the knowledge of how fabrics work and how to sew, even though they may not be the ones sewing the pieces themselves. They should understand different fabrics and textures, as well as understanding various time periods and standards for fashion in those time periods.
Use the links below to find more information about costume design and execution:
American Association of Community Theatre - http://www.aact.org/people/costumedesigner.html
Harvard Technical Handbook - http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~htag/handbook/?q=wiki/costume_design