THE 191 Chapter Notes - Chapter 12: Historical Fiction

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Published on 18 Jan 2017
School
Miami University
Department
Theatre
Course
THE 191
THE 191
Module 12
Psychology of dress
o The study of how clothing relates to an individual or group within a given context
o This psychology is used when creating costume to create realism and the the
world for a character
o Physical and emotional support through clothing to enhance personalization
Costume Design, Part One
o A costume designer must analyze different things…
o The Script
Discussing the flow of a piece with little dialogue
Establishes the first contextual understanding of how the costume will fit
into the world created
The script establishes the world of the play
Where we begin, where we are going, and how to get there
Creates a “path”
Creates mood, rhythm, and pacing
All of this will inform the costume designer’s starting point
o The Characters
Brings the characters of the story to life
Secondary readings to take notes on specific characters, given
circumstances, actions and reactions, etc.
What the script indicates about them or the circumstances affecting them
Their environment, their arc, their goals, etc.
Given circumstances
Psychological makeup of character
Physical classifications of character
Time and place of action
Social, economic, and cultural aspects
Religious and political influences
Relationships between and among characters
Other factors affecting characters and costume
Personal goals
Arc of character
Specific moments or events in a character’s life
o Torn shirt, broken watch, black eye, etc.
Physical needs of the production
Personal style of the character
Aesthetic style of the production
Accommodation for set/environment
Costume Design, Part Two
o The research
The foundation of any design you produce
Can lead in many different directions
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Costume design, part one: a costume designer must analyze different things , the script. Discussing the flow of a piece with little dialogue. Establishes the first contextual understanding of how the costume will fit into the world created. The script establishes the world of the play. Where we begin, where we are going, and how to get there. All of this will inform the costume designer"s starting point: the characters. Brings the characters of the story to life. Secondary readings to take notes on specific characters, given circumstances, actions and reactions, etc. What the script indicates about them or the circumstances affecting them. Their environment, their arc, their goals, etc. Specific moments or events in a character"s life: torn shirt, broken watch, black eye, etc. Costume design, part two: the research. The foundation of any design you produce. Can come from many different and varied sources for inspiration and information. Items or information created during the time period being researched.

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