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Lecture 17

THAR 280 Lecture Notes - Lecture 17: Monochromatic Color

Theatre Arts
Course Code
THAR 280

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Functions Of A Costume
A Good Costume Communicates the World of the Play By:
- Setting the play in time and space: modern, future, past, location
- Supports and emphasize the character
- Reflects change in time, age, relationships, and personality
- Works with the actor to create character
- Establishes gender, rank, social status, season, age, personality
- Supports the theme, concept, and mood of the play
The Elements of Design
- Space
- Size of the theater set
- How many actors are on stage at the same time
- Importance of character can determine how much space they take up
- Shape and Form
- How costume is cut determines shape of character
- Determined by time period
- Silhouette of costume
- Ex: large sleeves on women like shoulder pads, flowy dresses and
movement of fabric
- Line
- Connecting points
- Where you’ll get pattern
- Determined by time period
- Some lines are instantly recognizable
- Ex: yellow shirt with squiggly line on bottom represents Charlie Brown
- Color
- Most often changed and adapted
- Complimentary color schemes
- Blues, creams, oranges, browns
- Monochromatic color schemes
- Same spectrum
- Dark blues, light blues, whites
- Can help show transition of a character
- Wearing solid black suit to wearing colorful flowy dresses
- Light
- Can mess up costume color
- Red lights will make everything look red or orange regardless of the
original color
- Texture
- Tactile and visual texture
- Shiny, matte
- Lacy, hairy, pattern woven in
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