Costume Design



The student may choose any play from the list announced by the State Board of Directors each September on the Florida State Junior Thespian web page.


  1. The student must present three character renderings. These may represent three different characters or may follow a single character through several appropriate changes.

  1. Computer aided design is not acceptable.

  1. Each design must be executed in full color and displayed on a 10" x 15" white display board. The display board cannot be mounted on any other surface. All figures must be 10" tall. The base of the figure should be 3" from the lower edge of the board. A human figure may be traced to use as a template upon which a costume creation may then be placed. Tracing of a costume outline or silhouette is unacceptable.

  1. The board should be labeled in the following manner:

  1. Upper Left corner: Name of the show and author.

  2. Upper Right corner: Name of the character, act, and scene.

  3. Lower Right corner: Student's name and troupe number.

  1. The student must attach fabric swatches, measuring a minimum of 2x2", by the top edge of the swatch only to the same board on which the figure is drawn. Mount the swatch so that it may be lifted and felt in order to evaluate appropriate fabric texture, draping ability, weight, grain, etc.

  1. The student must present a verbal justification of the designs. Note cards may be used.

  1. Only one student may be involved in creating the designs. NO COLLABORATION.

  1. All artwork used must be the original work of the entrant.

  1. The event will not exceed ten minutes. The student presentation is not to exceed five of these ten minutes.


Each room will be provided with one 4x4’ card type table, which will not support weight over 25 pounds. This will be the only permissible furniture.


In their five-minute presentation, the student should be able to discuss the following:

  1. Set the play: Discuss time period, place, and mood.

  1. Establish the character: Discuss character traits, age, gender, class, occupation, and/or a character's purpose in the play.

  1. Justify the designs: Be prepared to defend ideas with proper, established research. Talk about sources of information.

  1. Define social influences: Point out styles that were popular during the time period. Discuss any laws or limitations that might influence fashion choices or the use of accessories. Discuss the social role the character plays.

  1. Discuss fabric and color choices: Discuss fabrics and colors that were popular and/or available during the appropriate time period. Discuss fabrics and colors that are appropriate for the character. Discuss fabrics and colors and how they translate onto the stage.


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