Costume design is about creating characters on the stage or in film. Characters are representations of real people. To use costumes effectively, a designer must understand the ways people wear clothes: for comfort, religion, expression, ceremony, protection, and many other reasons.
A costume designer’s process begins with reading a script, researching, and meeting with a team. Once the designer has a foundation, they paint costume renderings and deliver them to the costume shop. There, a team creates wearable garments that are fit on an actor, then altered. The final phase is technical rehearsals where the costumes, set, lighting, sound, and directing come together to fine tune the show before opening night.