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Dressing the Character: An Exploration Into the Costume Design Process

Sikes, Kaitlin
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Sikes, Kaitlin
Advisor
Black, Charlotte
Linton, Marcy
Bloom, Thomas
Abstract
Costume Design is integral to the development of character. Through clothing, the costume designer establishes the visual manifestation that is embodied by the actor. With the guidance of a director, a script and a team of collaborators, an actor has all the tools to persuade an audience that the invented is real. As a costume designer, I must analyze the psychology of a character to create a design that is both truthful and real. I need to understand how that character thinks, feels and behaves. This allows me to visualize the character and, in turn, create an accurate visual portrayal for my audience. My goal is transporting an audience to another world and time through visual storytelling. Ultimately, if I lead my audience to realize a new idea or to look at their world a little differently, I’ve accomplished my task. While studying costume design and technology in graduate school, I have experienced many methods of designing and constructing costumes for realized and unrealized productions. As a result, I have come to understand the importance of examining both my creative process and costume design process, starting with analyzing the script and ending with analyzing the performance.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Drama, MFA (Master of Fine Arts), 2017
Published Date
2017-11-29
Degree
MFA (Master of Fine Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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