Costume Design Project


For the assigned play, provide ALL of the following:

Given Circumstances:

Given Circumstances are those things, given in the script, that control or affect the choices a costume designer must make about a character. You must provide A description of and justification for the design for each character supported by the following given circumstances:

·     Period

·     Time of day/year/date

·     Location

·     Ages of Characters

·     Socioeconomic factors

·     Multiple roles

·     Special requirements/ indications of the script (ie. doubling)

·     Level of reality

·     Feeling or mood of the play

How doe the given circumstances of each character affect and inform the design choices. Be complete and detailed in your description.

Example of some given cricumstances:


The period is the the high Victorian of 1870's in America. (Briefly describe how the costumes reflect this style period. This may have aan effect on the age of the characters—a sixty year old in 1870 might be considered "older" from one in the current age.)


The time is 6:00 PM of a clear day in late March in 1872. (Briefly describe how the costumes reflect this time of year/ day. The date will have an effect on the amount of sunlight at 6:00PM.)


A well-to-do neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts. (Briefly describe how the costumes reflect this region and environment. This will relate to socio-economic factors, as well.)

etc. . . . Continue with remainer of the given circumstances listed above.

Costume List:

A list of all costume pieces for each character.

Visual Research:

Color printed visual research for each costume piece.

Visual research for what each character would look like (Find an actor you would cast).

Label the items and ge any specific details.


Typed, 12pt font, 1"margins, spell-checked.(Eventually hole punched for binder).

Research either embeded into a word document and printed IN COLOR, or magazine research glued to a backing of 8 1/2" x 11" Bristol board and neatly labeled. (Eventually hole punched for binder).