Costume Construction

Costume is a crucial actor attribute, and simultaneously conceals their body and portrays their manner. The pluralism which characterizes the content and aesthetics of modern visual media represents a significant challenge to the design and manufacture of costumes.

With genre accuracy and stylistic clarity juxtaposed against genre mixes and an infinite range of creative options, interpretive ability is one of a costume designer’s key characteristics. The aim of the course is therefore to enable students to not only analyze costume designs for musical theatre, dance, spoken word theatre, film, televisual productions and other media in their dramaturgical context, but also develop and independently realize their own creative designs.

Successful course applicants must meet the primary admission requirement (a completed apprenticeship as a tailor), and are offered a broad spectrum of technical-technological, creative and theoretical subjects. Historical and modern cut structure and design and corresponding production techniques are at the heart of the course, and are supported by a theoretical basis acquired in the fields of costume history and uniform theory.

The students’ own creative potential fosters the intuitive artistic understanding which is indispensable for the interpretation of costume designs and honed in the Design Interpretation class. The issues of interpretation, design and production are dealt with alongside experimental techniques which can be used to develop unconventional designs and innovative material processing methods.

As costume constructors often assume leadership positions such as that of wardrobe manager, business-related aspects (e.g. production estimates) are also studied during the course.

As is the case in all theatre setting professions, costume designers are faced with the challenge of finding a balance between their own interpretive style and the fulfilment of a defined artistic task. This process represents both a source of inspiration and an impediment, and the course aims to enable students to master the conflict between these two stimuli.