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Birth of Costume in Indian Cinematic World (Part 2)

(Note: The information provided in this article is a result of the doctoral research conducted during time span of five years between 2005 and 2010 in Indian film industry. The information was collected through observation of the process along with personal interviews, questionnaire and group discussions with the personnel working for the industry, critics, historians and in-charge of the organisations responsible for functions related to costuming work in Mumbai films.

 

The creation process of costumes is being discussed through this series in eleven steps, an introduction to which is available in part one. The first four steps are discussed in part one. The fifth, seventh and eighth steps are discussed in this article.)

 

Costume classification and related possibilities

 

Scene division for costumes includes understanding the list of all characters and extras in each scene and character division for costumes requires knowing about individual character’s changes through the film. The above give rise to the final dress plot for the film and costume arc for each character respectively. The practices followed by different designers vary while doing routine analysis of script for noting down costume classification regarding number of scenes and characters in a movie. In cases of those film projects for which such wardrobe outline is prepared formally by costume design team, it automatically provided a quick check on general appearance of all characters with descriptions of scene numbers and locales.