AFYP In the Know: A Technical Journey, Part III

The past two weeks, we explored the worlds of scenic and lighting design. This week we turn to costumes!

Jessica Teaford was our costume designer for Beauty and the Beast, Jr. A costume designer creates the individual looks for each character, from color choice down to the texture of each look.

This production used a both built and pulled costumes. If a costume is built, that means that it was created from scratch. If a costume is pulled, that means that it was built by someone else for another show and it will appear in a current show. Many of our costumes were a combination of these two methods. For example, Babette's black dress and apron were pulled. Her tutu and feather collar were built. 

Jessica pulls double duty, also acting as a costume constructor alongside Rebecca Wahls and Lorena Berger. Most of the big castle costumes were created by Lorena Berger, including the wardrobe and the stove. Both of those are made entirely out of recycled poster board! 

The villagers' costumes and Belle's dresses were pulled from George Mason University's costume stock. Just because a costume is pulled doesn't mean no creativity is involved. Each villager outfit had to be pieced together in a unique way that expresses the character wearing it. A costume should always enhance, not distract from, a character.

Hair and makeup were also key elements of the costume design - check out Miss Jess and Mr. Ahmad creating The Beast!

Hair and makeup were also key elements of the costume design - check out Miss Jess and Mr. Ahmad creating The Beast!

Find out more about how some costumes were made below!

Which costume was your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!