Standards for Designer Portfolios

adapted from a report of the

Performing Arts Training and Education Commission

of the USITT

Costume Designers

After Bachelor's Degree:

A series of individual sketches indicating familiarity with historical periods and the principle lines of costume for those periods.

A series of color renderings, swatched, showing costumes for a small cast play or for one scene of a large cast or multiple scene production. These plates should be complete in every detail and be so drawn as to indicate cut, trim, fastenings, accessories, etc., that may be required.

At least six detail drawings of such items as hats, wigs, jewelry, helmets, etc., with indications of construction technique.

Samples of patterns drawn to scale, and properly labeled to indicate the part of the garment, style and period.

After Master's Degree:

Color renderings for at least 10 productions, including one Shakespeare and one musical production on a standard size board wherever possible, with swatches. Renderings should show not only line and color, but texture of the fabric as well. Additional views (such as back views) should be shown as necessary. Each plate should be labeled with the characters name, show and scene.

A costume plot broken down into French scenes.

A minimum of six scaled patterns with emphasis on the more unusual or elaborate garments.

Detail drawings, as above.

A complete slide or photograph portfolio of the above.

In general, the portfolio should display a knowledge of historical period and line, the ability to do historical research and the ability to adapt same to the theatrical requirements of a play, knowledge of construction techniques, a range of rendering styles and dramatic flair and imagination.