An Analysis of Fashion and Costume Design Processes

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Title: An Analysis of Fashion and Costume Design Processes
Author: Nance, Deirdra Rhianna
Advisors: Dr. Michael Pause, Committee Member
Dr. Michelle R. Jones, Committee Member
Dr. Traci A. M. Lamar, Committee Chair
Abstract: Documentation of process is important in all aspects of design. The fashion design process is one that is well documented. Multiple models have been proposed to describe that process from idea to final product. In contrast, there has been little documentation of the costume design process, especially in model form. The purpose of this study was to analyze fashion and costume design processes in order to determine the differences and similarities of these processes. Literature was reviewed to gain expertise on fashion and costume design processes. The fashion and costume design processes were experienced through hands-on exploration of the techniques and steps required to create fashion and costume garments, and through visitation to a costume shop. The hands-on exploration was combined with direct guidance from academic costume and fashion designers. Knowledge gained from the exploration and literature was then used to formulate interview questions for costume and fashion design professionals. Interviews revealed that fashion and costume designers draw inspiration from the same places and influence each other’s design processes. Definitions of fashion and costume design were also learned through interviews. Analysis of the processes showed that fashion and costume design are similar; both yield garments as end products, and their design environments have many parallels. It was found that the process taken to create custom-made/one of a kind fashion garments is most similar to the costume design process, especially in terms of the construction methods used. This research provided an improved understanding of the similarities and differences in fashion and costume design. Also, new models that can be used as learning tools in academia were developed. Costume and fashion design professionals may use these models as references to study how fashion and costume design fields are similar or different.
Date: 2009-08-13
Degree: MS
Discipline: Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management

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