Competitions - Costume Construction

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Student-Directed Scene

Costume Construction

Makeup Design


from the "FLThespian" website.
  1. Students must select from a specified list of Tech Plays which changes each year.
  2. The student must fully construct one complete costume from neck to ankle.  This costume must be for any main character in the chosen play.
  3. Costumes must be an entirely original construction by the student.  Store-bought garments or embellishments made to stock costumes are not acceptable.
  4. Any patterns may be used, but the cost must be considered within the given budget.
  5. The costume must utilize at least three (3) different fabrics or trims.  For example, a men's costume may consist of a white shirt, black pants, and a grey vest.  A women's costume may consist of a dress with a lace collar and an apron, or it may be a single gown with several trims.
  6. All materials used to construct the costume such as fabric, thread, buttons, zippers, and trim may NOT exceed $100. The student must provide an itemized expense sheet and receipts as proof. This sheet must be mounted on the display board mentioned below.
  7. In addition to the costume, each student will create a costume research collage. This may include environmental background pictures of the time period in which the play takes place, costume renderings, pattern envelopes, fabric swatches, etc.
  8. The collage must be presented on a 20 x 30 black art board. The board should be labeled in the following manner:
    • Upper Left hand corner: Name of the show and author.
    • Upper Right hand corner: Name of the character, act, and scene.
    • Lower Right hand corner: Student's name and troupe number.
  9. The costume must be presented on a hanger so the judges may look at the garment both inside and out.
  10. Do not wear the costume to the adjudication.
  11. Only one student may be involved in the design. NO COLLABORATION.
  12. The event will not exceed fifteen (15) minutes. The student presentation is not to exceed ten (10) of these fifteen (15) minutes.
  13. A bibliography is required documenting all resources used.
Best Scores ... Ever! (States)
New event created in 2008.
Critics' Choice
no Troupe 6172 Thespian has ever earned this score in this event.
  • Lauren Vanhelden, "The Crucible" (2009)
  • Elianabeth Riley, "Peter and the Starcatcher" (2015)
  • Melissa Sabalaske, "Sweeney Todd" (2013)
Judges' Criteria
  • Accuracy (Period and Style)
  • Attention to Detail
  • Function/Suitability
  • Interpretation (Theme and Mood)
  • Problem Solving/Creativity
  • Presentation/Justification
Best Scores ... Ever! (Districts)
Critics' Choice
no Troupe 6172 Thespian has ever earned this score in this event.
  • Elianabeth Riley, "Peter and the Starcatcher" (2015)
  • Melissa Sabalaske, "Sweeney Todd" (2013)
  • Raeann Lindsey, "The Odd Couple" (2014)
  • Cassandra Cross, "The Cherry Orchard" (2014)
  • Jessica Negron, "The Cherry Orchard" (2014)
  • Lauren Vanhelden, "The Crucible" (2009)
  • Lauren Vanhelden, "Trojan Women" (2008)
  • Karly Muzik, "Steel Pier" (2008)
Sponsor's #1 Advice

Be 100% authentic to your time period.  Make sure that you take your time making this costume.  Rushing will NOT help you, as they'll be looking for not only lines and silhouettes, but also things like stitching, and how your fabric falls. 

Know your different stitches.  Use a sewing machine to avoid taking a bajillion years. 

Also : DO YOUR PERIOD RESEARCH.  If you are using the Internet, cite valid, reliable sources of historical information (not blogs, movie costumes, etc.)


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