Costume Design

COSTUME DESIGN


CHOICE OF PLAYS

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.

RULES

  1. The student must present three (3) character renderings. These may represent three (3) different characters and/or may follow a single character through several appropriate changes.

  2. Computer aided design is NOT acceptable.

  3. 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.

  4. The board should be labeled in the following manner:
    Upper Left hand corner: Name of the show and author.
    Upper Right hand corner: Name of the character, act, and scene.
    Lower Right hand corner: Student's name and troupe number.

  5. The student must attach fabric swatches, measuring a minimum of 2"x2", 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 up and felt in order to evaluate appropriate fabric texture, draping ability, weight, grain, etc.

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

  7. Only one student may be involved in the set of designs. NO COLLABORATION.

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

  9. The event will not exceed ten (10) minutes. The student presentation is not to exceed five (5) of these ten (10) minutes.


COSTUME DISCUSSION SUGGESTIONS

In your five-minute presentation you should be able to discuss the following:

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

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.



SPECIAL NOTE

We are looking for great photo examples of Superior-ranked student projects in this category that we can use on our website as examples. If you have a great project you’re willing to share, send photos to JamesFSJT@gmail.com!