Made for Television: Costume Design for TV


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by Lynsey Hemstreet
Fashion School Review Columnist

May 19, 2006


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As a fashion design student, you are wondering which career in fashion design is best for you. Are your designs runway-worthy? Or would you feel more comfortable behind the scenes? As a costume designer for TV, you have many options. Maybe you'll travel to another world completely, considering all the science fiction on television.

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While in fashion design school, you'll learn the importance of fitting the clothes to the character, especially in terms of costume design. Costumes give subtle or obvious hints about the character and the story, and understanding that is essential to your career in fashion design. Your fashion design education will open your mind to all kinds of clothes, from around the world. If you pursue a career in costume design for TV, you may get to explore the world.

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Despite its nickname, "the boob tube," television is home to some of the most original effects and costumes. The 1998 miniseries Merlin featured spectacular costumes for Mab and Morgan le Fay, as well as a roster of stars including Helena Bonham Carter and Martin Short. Fantasy is only one area of costume design for TV. Action shows require lots of dirt, canvas and strategic tearing of shirts. Soap operas frequently require elaborate gowns and appropriate outfits in which to get kidnapped. Science fiction shows require someone skilled in costume design for TV, to coordinate the makeup and costumes required to transform an actor into an alien. If you're gifted in the art of costume design for TV, you'll always have a job in the industry.

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Lynsey Hemstreet has two passions in life: writing and makeup. A journalism grad from San Francisco State University, she is a cosmetics consultant by day, freelance writer and editor by night. Lynsey's written work ranges from independent music reviews t

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