Stagecraft Costume Design Challenge Process Journal

Process Journal Costume Design Challenge


For our costume design challenge, I designed two outfits from the play Check Please! Part 3. The characters were Barry and Girl from scene 10. Barry’s character is meant to be overly formal and all business. To reflect this, I made him wear a full suit, and I would expect it would be made of an expensive almost silky material. For the Girl I gave her a standard outfit for a casual first date. When making these costumes, I tried to use the factors of costume design. For both characters I showed their gender and age by giving them fairly stereotypical clothes for them, though age was a little harder with Barry. I tried to make sure he didn’t look too old by making the suit very sharp and fitted. I made sure the time period was modern by giving Barry a standard blue modern suit, without things like tails added on to it. For the Girl I made her look modern with skinny ripped jeans, making it clear what the time period was. Giving Barry his personality was easy, as he was described as incredibly formal, so I gave him a formal suit. The Girl was harder, as she’s not really given any character traits besides “normal”. To make her seem normal I found a very plain outfit online and based her costume on that. I found this project to be pretty difficult, as I don’t draw or sketch very often, but I think it was a good experience. Most of the other factors were hard to incorporate because I didn’t have enough information about the show or the characters to know things like their occupation or what season it is. I am not especially proud of my work, and I think I should have spent more time on creating textures in the costumes as well as making them more detailed. I did do better than I originally expected, but I think I should have spent more time on this at home. I have learned in this project that costume design is incredibly difficult. Although I already knew that costumes were a difficult job to do, I hadn’t known how much they did and how much time they spent on these projects. Overall, I learned a lot from this project and did ok, but I think it could have been better.

Personal Engagement Journal #1.5

This was one of my favorite designs from this first project. I really appreciate how much detail was put into this piece. Every wrinkle seems intentional, and it has an amazing amount of effort and attention put into it. There are even details where the audience wouldn’t normally be able to see them, like inside the mouth and on the top and bottom of this dinosaur. I’ve learned from this that I should put more details into my pieces and that those small details really go a long way.

Personal Engagement Journal #1

My design was originally meant to be a sunken cargo hold. I imagined a scene where this was a sinking cargo ship, and the big cargo hold is slowly collapsing, and the air is running low. There are cargo ships as kind of the centerpiece because it’s a cargo ship, and the crates aren’t glued down because I imagine the would be able to move around to indicate different scenes or locations in a show. The catwalk going around the sides is just a catwalk allowing people to look down onto the center bottom floor of the cargo bay, and it allows people to easily walk around the whole stage without going behind a cargo container. The fear or nightmare I originally planned on conveying was kind of drowning fear with the room almost collapsing in on itself. While I was making the design though I started leaning towards instead of making it collapsing and cracked, I made it more empty and dark. Instead of making the scene more directly scary, I decided to make it more ominous and emptier. Overall, I think my piece is good, but there are definitely things I like and things would change. I think I was successful in making the pieces that I originally set out to make. The minimum I wanted was a few rates that I could move around and a catwalk type path on the walls. I made both of these things and I think I did they pretty successfully. The crates look pretty nice and walkways stay up easily on their own and are sturdy. I wish that I had added more to my design. My piece is very simple and plain, and I would have liked to add more details as well as more large things. For example, I might add beams going up the side or holding up the catwalk or could have made a section of the catwalk be broken or collapsed. I also would have liked to add small LED red lights that could flash on the walls like alarms. Overall, I think my design was pretty good, but there are definitely some aspects that I would like to change.