All About Costuming

Theater or ballet costuming productions

Research the show

Always try to view a version or two of the show staged by professionals. It allows you to gain background on the story & characters, while revealing how someone else has interpreted the character through costume.


Discuss style with artistic director

Does the director have any renderings, or existing costumes that must be considered? This is the time to decide on a cohesive style, theme, period, or even color scheme.


Collect inspiring images from the web. Make sure you take a few notes so you remember what you were thinking.

Casting... Make a card with extensive measurements for each actor, as well as roles, special costuming needs, etc.