During this phase you meet with your director- design team to create an initial approach to the show.  During your time at UC-Irvine, these collaborative meetings will occur in person.  Professional practice rarely allows for an elaborate set of meetings, yet somehow the entire process must be done anyway.  The concept meeting process here will give you an opportunity to identify what your process is and learn to master deadlines.

Each designer is responsible for leaving concept meetings with the information needed to proceed to the next step.   During this phase, the costume designer will begin to synthesize emotional responses, image inspiration, research and script requirements.

You will also meet with your assigned faculty mentor to review your process. Your design mentor will work with you to assure you are adequately challenged by each project, but not left to flounder on your own.  Each show will present different challenges and ask for different skills or solutions.  The design mentor is an excellent sounding board for decisions, and will help strategize problem solving approaches or share knowledge gained from years of practical application.

The goal of concept meetings is to present the group’s ideas at the first Faculty Mentors Meeting.  The faculty mentors from each area will attend.    The Costume Design elements due for the Faculty Mentors Meeting are listed below.  Please consult the Guidelines for Produced Projects for full details.

Costume Elements Due for Faculty Mentors Meeting

  • Verbal presentation of initial design ideas
  • Casting breakdown:  scene chart with roles assigned to each actor, appearance in scenes
  • Preliminary costume count, summarizing number of costumes and types. (distributed)
  • Research images for general ideas, and each character or groups of characters (posted)  See the Research page for a larger discussion on what kind of research costume designers use.
  • Preliminary color and texture ideas
  • Period silhouette and foundations analysis (for musicals and shows prior to 1970s)

Please see the Forms page for samples of period silhouette guides and foundations analysis.

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