Theater Latte Da's GYPSY costume designer Alice Fredrickson gave a workshop about her Costume Design process, specifically leading up to Theater Latte's Da's...
I wasn't at the workshop, I have watched the video, this is my comment:
The portion analyzing the script really interests me. I like the thought of pulling themes out, even specific words in order to build the look of the costumes. It's cool that there are direct descriptions of the costumes in the script for her to interoperate. Hearing about her role along the way, from working with the co-designers to being present at previews. She answered questions very thoroughly. The hair and make-up piece was an added bonus and so key for the way this show came together. It is very helpful to see the way that the costume designer pulls together the entire look of the character.
I really loved hearing Alice Fredrickson discuss her process for designing the costumes for Gypsy and also enjoyed hearing about the amount of research that goes into the designing them. I loved hearing about how she took the textual evidence she found in the script and mixed it with her own ingenuity to design the costumes. I was impressed by the fact that she even took the character's motives/personalities into account when designing the show. She doesn't just do research on what was "popular" or "common" during the time period, but she uses her own creativity to bring the characters to life through the world of fashion. I loved the Idea of contrast between what was seen on the vaudeville stages and the character's street cloths.
I also found it interesting that hair and makeup was included in this workshop. I think both Alice and Paul made a very important point by saying that if the hair/makeup and costumes don't correlate for a given production, then it takes the audience out of the show. It was good to see that Alice and Paul are looking at all aspects of the show rather than simply focussing on only their specific craft.
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