Costumes help to establish character. We make assumptions (Elements of Thought) about characters based off what they wear. We are lead to believe that they are modest or flamboyant, messy or meticulous, introverted or extroverted. We can make assumptions about their career, beliefs, gender identity, and ethnic group. We do this as audience members because we do this in real life. Designers know this.Have you ever been mistaken for someone or something that you are not because of your clothing?What happened? How did this change your outlook on apparel?
If this has never happened to you, have you ever mistaken someone else?What happened? How did this change your outlook on apparel?If this has never happened to you in real life (lucky you!) have you been “misled” in a film or play by a character’s clothing? (Designers will occasionally mislead you if the script and director call for it.) Explain.