1. Costume Design
It is important to start the process of designing the costumes early in the production process. The costume designer will, if possible, be invited to attend the Pre-production Meeting, where the Director will discuss the concept for the production.
- If it is not possible to have appointed a Costume Designer by the time of the Pre-production Meeting, it is essential that costume design discussions be held as soon as possible after that date.
2. Costume budget
No money may be spent on costume outside the limits of the production budget without prior consultation and authorisation from the NVT committee.
- Costume costs should therefore be carefully considered and expenditure kept to a minimum.
3. Costume Liaison
The Director / Production Manager should appoint someone to act as costume liaison for the play.
- This person, or people, will attempt to source costumes in liaison with the Director and Costume Designer as necessary.
- Costume Liaison will provide a link between the Director and costume supplier and will assist in measuring the cast, fitting and organising the costumes, and ferrying them to and from NVT, ensuring that all costumes are returned to the supplier at the end of the run. - Hired costumes may not be altered in any way and every care should be taken to avoid damage.
- Please check if costumes need to be laundered.
4. Sources of Costume
The NVT does not store costumes or maintain a wardrobe. Current options for costuming a show are as follows:
- Glad Rags - any items purchased for the show are normally donated to Gladrags in exchange for a credit
- Harveys – military items
- Moss Bros – often suits are provided for our production at no charge, subject to a full page advert in our programme
- Charity shops etc.
- In-house (if any members skilled in this area)
- Professional (e.g. Glad Rags)
- Personal wardrobes
Choice of source for costumes should always be made with regard to the production budget.