Imagine a period drama without its beautifully dressed cast. It just wouldn't be the same would it? As the Oscars website explains: "Costumes are a storytelling tool, communicating subtle details of each character's personality and history quickly and economically to the audience." It continues: "They help actors leave their own personalities behind and become new and believable people on screen." But getting into costume design can be a bit of a mystery.
Apart from the laborious processes involved in getting a cast suited and booted for a production, many don't even know where to begin when it comes to potentially working in costume design. Meaning that even though it might appeal to you, it could also seem like the most inaccessible career ever. But you know what, dare to dream.
I spoke to Anna Robbins, an award winning costume designer best known for creating the spectacular outfits seen in one of the most beloved period dramas in recent times — Downton Abbey. I got her tips for getting into costume design. Here are some invaluable tidbits of advice to swallow up and hopefully you'll be getting your hands dirty in no time.