Chicago Costume Designer: Allison Dillard

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August 16, 2016 | 1-Exposing The Crew, Wardrobe


Color of War


Costume Designer


Allison Dillard

A “Costume Designer” is a person who designs costumes for a film, stage, or television production.

Hi everyone and thanks for joining us here at Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!

This week’s ETC HIGHLIGHT is the short film, Color of War.

“You can’t have a good period piece without the proper wardrobe. The wardrobe plays a huge part in understanding the era.” (Justin Jackola, Director at JJack Productions).

Costume Designers, like this week’s ETC Exposed crew member, Allison Dillard, know just how to give an audience an immediate and powerful visual statement of who a character is and where they are from.

Costume Designers work closely with the Director to determine the best clothing and accessories that reinforce the mood and style of a production.  These styles, like the one’s you see in this film, help provide the audience with information about a character’s occupation, who the main characters are versus the minor characters, and social status. They also reveal gender, age, and can even suggest what type of relationships exist between them.

Costume Designers also work closely with the lighting, set, and sound designers to decide which textures, colors, and shapes would work best with the lighting, atmosphere, time of day, cost, and era in which they are trying to achieve.

Determination of what costume style would be used, the Costume Designer will draw up a costume plot that shows what each character will be wearing.  This will provide the production team with specific character needs, and can identify any potential costume challenges that may arise.

Once the designs are approved, the Costume Designer can then start crafting the wardrobe.  They can either buy, rent, or make the designs on their own (with or without assistants) based on the budget allotted.

Thank you, Omar McClinton, at Various Artist TV for submitting this week’s ETC Highlight!

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Thank you for watching this week’s “EXPOSED” short film, and reading our blog Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!

See you next Tuesday!