Things I Know to be True: Costume design (including hair and make-up)

Things I Know to be True: Costume design (including hair and make-up)

Costume Design in “Things I Know to be True”

  • Costume design is an integral part of conveying the reality of each character’s personality, status and emotional state throughout the play.
  • Each character’s costume should reflect their age, economic status, occupation and even psychological state at different points in the play.
  • Remember, the play is set in Australia, therefore the seasonal changes and climate play into the costume design.
  • The use of props related to costume can also aid in portraying a character’s personality or mental state.

Specific Characters’ Costume Design

  • The parents, Bob and Fran, could be dressed in practical, comfortable clothing to reflect their physical labour jobs and no-nonsense attitudes.
  • Pip, being a successful businesswoman, could be dressed in high-end corporate wear to reflect her professional status and aspiration to rise above her family’s working-class background.
  • Mark, as a gender-questioning individual, could have a more non-binary wardrobe.
  • Rosie, the youngest and least worldly, could be clothed in more youthful, naive or simplistic styles.
  • Ben: His well-made suit reflects his financial success, but could slowly become more dishevelled as his stress and guilt increase.

Interaction of Costume Design with Other Aspects

  • Pay attention to hair and make-up. For example, Pip might have a polished look, while Fran may have a more natural look.
  • The passage of time may also be represented in the characters’ appearance, represented through changes in costume, hair and makeup.
  • Specific moments also require specific costumes, like Bob’s gardening outfit or the formal wear at Pip’s departure dinner.
  • In scenes of raw emotional revelation, the costumes, hair, and makeup could be disheveled or minimal to reflect the characters’ inner turmoil or bare truths.

The Role of the Costume Designer

  • Overall, the objective of the costume designer should be to enhance the narrative through visual means and facilitate the audience’s understanding and connection with the characters.