A costume designer creates costumes for the film industry, theatre productions, and television shows. The costume designer’s job is to design the characters’ outfits/costumes and to balance the scenes with colours and textures, among other things. The costume designer collaborates with the director, scenic designer, lighting designer, sound designer, and other members of the creative team. Hairstylists, wig masters, and makeup artists may also work alongside the costume designer. The function is distinct in the European theatre, where the theatrical designer is responsible for both costume and scenic components.
Designers generally use the visual design of costumes and accessories to accentuate a character’s individuality and to create an unfolding storyline of colour, shifting social standing, or time.
Well within the director’s perspective, they have the ability to distort or augment the body. The designer must make sure that perhaps the designs allow the actor to move as required by the role. The performer must carry out all the director’s blocking without causing any damage to the costumes. Garments must be sturdy as well as washable, particularly for long-running plays or movies featuring near-real-time pace (meaning that almost all costumes will just not change between acts) yet a lengthy primary photography period. To ensure that all parts of the overall production conceptual design together, the designer must consult not only with the director but also of the set as well as lighting designers.
Costumes for such a show were generally chosen by business management in the late nineteenth century in the United States. Many came from such a rented property, and only a handful was custom-made. Although designers in other theatrical disciplines were well-known, few costume designers were. Caroline Siedle, C. Wilhelm, Percy Anderson, as well as Mrs John Alexander were among the few. They were occasionally given credit upon that playbill’s title page rather than just the back.
Film costume designers such as Edith Head and Adrian rose to prominence in the twentieth century. Later, television stars such as Nolan Miller (Dynasty), Janie Bryant (Mad Men), and Patricia Field (Sex and the City) rose to prominence, with some going on to write books and launch clothing and jewellery lines.