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made and embroidered jacket for the theatrical concert,
"Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons"
Costume design is the art of
creating apparel for a character in theater or film as well as other
types of performances. The four types of costumes are historical,
fantasy, dance and modern. Designs are first sketched, then
prototypes are made to get the form and fit correct, then
the final costume is constructed and assembled.
Costume design has evolved from
simple masks to such elaborate ensembles that completely transform
the performer, sometimes changing their gender, or even species.
Costuming is a very important factor in theater arts because it is a
stage performance involving an audience. The audience's awareness of
a character's traits, personality and role is strongly
dependent on the performer's costume.
Costumes are sometimes
representative of how the character in a production evolves or fails
to evolve throughout the plot. A stagnant character will wear the
same garb from start to end and a dynamic character may go through
an entire series of costumes throughout the performance to visually
represent how the character changes in the
A costume designer is part of the
production team in theater and will work with or as a costume
illustrator as well. A costume designer has a lot of
different aspects to take into consideration when designing a
costume. Not only do they need to worry about the style and
fit aspects, but they also need to take into consideration the
lighting, movement of the character on stage, durability of the
withstand the entire performance and multiple performances,
wash-ability, as well as historical accuracy. A good costume
designer must have strong artistic capabilities, pattern making
skills, knowledge of textiles, costume and fashion history, period
garb, and be able to collaborate with the performers, directors and
character's to meet their needs.
Also, fine detail will likely not
be seen so if there is something on the garment that needs to be
recognized or read by the audience, it is best to exaggerate it's
size. It is important for the people in the back row to know as
much as the people in the front row, so certain things that are of
the most relevance are sometimes made in brighter colors, with more
contrast to the rest of the costume or made larger. If a character
is more important to the scene, they may be wearing a brighter
color, or something different than all the rest which may be wearing
identical costumes, in order to help them stand out.
We have worked with producers,
directors, wardrobe stylists and fashion designers for movies,
television and theater. Our team of artists, fashion & costume
designers, pattern makers, and seamstresses work together to make sure
each costume we create is made properly. We put the utmost care
and consideration into every aspect to be sure the garments are
exact and able to withstand being worn.
We were contacted by Michael Bate,
a well known Canadian Businessman and Entrepreneur, to create a
jacket for the theatrical concert he co wrote, produced and directed, Grievous Angel: The
Legend of Gram Parsons.
With respect to the original designers of Gram Parsons’
legendary suit, Nudie Cohn and Manuel Cuevas, it
didn’t seem fitting to create a total replica/knock-off of the
original. Our in-house artists worked to create a recognizable image
of the original, but not a total re-creation. There was a frequent
exchange of ideas, concerns and sketches between ourselves and Mr.
Bate, that in the end, turned into the final masterpiece that was
worn by Anders Drerup, the man who played Gram Parsons.