A costume is what a performer wears on stage. Everything the performer wears, including wigs and make-up, has to be carefully considered by a costume designer.
Why might a costume designer use a specific colour within a costume?
To show the audience the time period of the play
To convey a symbolic idea
To show the audience the age of a character
Why is simple make-up often used in a performance?
To help pick out a performer’s facial features
To change an actor’s physical appearance
To identify the main characters on stage
Why might elements of a costume be accentuated?
To show that the characters are high status
To add humour to the performance
To make it easier for the audience to see them
Why might a costume have a Velcro seam rather than buttons?
To help with quick costume changes
To show the period and location of the play
It is cheaper than zips and buttons
What does the condition of a costume refer to?
How expensive the fabric used in the costume is
The type of material used within a costume
The state that the costume is in
What does cut refer to?
How many rips and cuts an item of clothing has
The shape of the pieces of fabric used to construct the costume
How large the costume is
What is the fit of a costume?
How good the costume looks
How the clothing fits a performer
How accurately a costume fits the context of the play
What kind of costumes do pantomimes feature?
Grand and colourful
All black clothing
What are the main attributes of a character that a costume can portray?
Level of intelligence
Age, gender and social background
Hobbies and interests
What does costume refer to?
Every item the performer wears, including hair and make-up
Everything the actor carries on stage
Just the clothes the actor wears on stage