Week 5

Our costume designer has been asked to design the costumes for Romeo and Juliet, using the costume brief given by our production team. Why not have a go at following the brief and designing your own costume? To help you out, here are 5 top tips for designing a costume:

1. You need to think about how the actor will move in your costume and whether they can be active in it or not.

2. You need to consider the character you are designing for and think about their age, gender, background, shape, height etc. You also need to think about how characters relate to each other and so view them not only as individuals but as a company.

3. You need to remember the details of your character as this will tell you how they might use their costume. For instance: is their hair up or down? What kind of shoes do they wear?

4. You need to make sure your drawing is really clear so that someone could actually make it. To help with this you should include notes describing what materials you will use and any other details.

5. You need to think about the time period you are setting the play in as this will also help you with the period of your costume. Often you will get a greater understanding of time period through costume rather than set.

Now download the Costume Brief and Costume Template PDFs. Once you are done email your creations to to us at youngcreatives@shakespearesglobe.com and we may select it to feature on the site.