22-Costume Design (CD) Requirements

1. Costume Sketches

Three (3) costume sketches from one (1) production, each representing a different character. Each costume sketch must be in color (any medium) and be mounted separately using at least an 8 ½” x 11” format.

  1. Sketches can be of built, pulled, or purchased costumes. Fabric and/or trim swatches can accompany sketches of only built costumes.
  2. The three (3) costume sketches must be accompanied by production photographs of the three (3) costumes during a dress rehearsal or performance. (Photographs can feature other costumes from the production within the frame of the photograph, they do not need to be of each costume on its own.) Photographs must be in color and at least 5” x 7” in size, larger sizes will be accepted as well.

*Points will be awarded based on neatness, and creativity and clarity of design elements (color, texture, and scale).

 2. Color Palette and Costume Research

At least one (1) research image must accompany each of the three (3) costume sketches. These research images should reflect the designer’s inspiration for each character, and what led them to their specific design choices. (Example: period fashion plates/illustrations and/or photographs specific to the production’s chosen time period and/or setting) These research images must be at least 5” x 7” in size, larger size will be accepted as well.

*Points will be awarded on the student designer’s ability to show how their research led to their costume choices, and how they incorporated the time period and/or unique setting of the play or musical into the costumes using their research.

3. Design Concept

Presentation must include a visual representation of the costume color palette chosen by the designer; paint swatch cards or image(s) reflecting overall costume color palette and/or individual characters’ color choices.

*Points will be awarded on how well the student designer’s color choices support the characters, theme, and mood of the play or musical.

4. Oral Presentation

The student designer must deliver an oral presentation of his/her costume design entry with the above requirements (1.-4.) mounted on a display board or in a three-ring binder.

*Points will be awarded based on the student designer’s ability to deliver a clear, concise, and confident oral presentation; describing their costume concept/choices, accompanied by the above required materials presented in an organized manner.