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27 Jul 2013 - 14:33105329
Film costume survey for A2 Textiles- Please look!
Hello! I am currently conducting research for my A2 textiles project. I have chosen to design costumes for film and need to conduct research about how an audience feels about the costumes they see in films.
If you could kindly fill in this quick survey about one of you favourite film costumes I would be very grateful!

Film costume survey:

What film is the costume from and which character wears the costume?

What do you like about the costume?

How do you think the costume helps to portray the character and setting they are in?

Anything else about the costume you wish to mention?


27 Jul 2013 - 15:20105330
What film is the costume from and which character wears the costume?
I'll go with Shakespeare in Love as it gives me the most to talk about! Character being Viola, the lead female.

What do you like about the costume?
Only the one? The beauty of the costumes, and Sandy Powell's designs in general, is the way in which costumes can change throughout the film - being a plot device in themselves and changing along with the character development!
But if I must choose, I'll go with the Gold Audience Gown as I've seen it's detail's up close! http://periodmoviecaps.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/violas-yellow-greenwich-gown.html
The initial beauty of this costume lies in it's heavy detailing and immense bead work - the attention to detail on it is amazing. I believe I read somewhere that the gauze/lace on the ruff is in fact vintage lace (from the 1920's I believe) which just adds that extra value to it!

The costume, and many others, are also beautiful in terms of costume design in that they are all covered in the heavy detailing and fabrics of the tudor period but all manage to still retain the light and airiness of Viola's character, and aren't gaudy like most other Tudor dresses (look at Elizabeth's as a contrast: http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh145/xmrsdanifilth/Medieval%20Renaissance%20Victorian%20Clothing%20Fashion/shakespearinloveelizabethpeacockdre.jpg).
(And it's just a really pretty dress )

How do you think the costume helps to portray the character and setting they are in?
Oops. Think I answered this in the above
This costume in particular shows her standing in society, her character's softness and so on.
Her costumes in general have the delicate-ness of the character (except for her wedding dress which is heavy and bulky and so on - successfully reflecting both the situation and her feelings, which might have been a better choice to answer this question with!)
Ultimately, yes it does - it's the job of the costume to do so - and it'd be pretty lame if it didn't! In any film or show, costumes are one of the most important pieces of information when getting the idea of character. They give us first impressions of the character before they even speak and have the ability to be changed easily from scene to scene to further highlight changes with the character, be it mood or situation or what have you.

Anything else about the costume you wish to mention?
It's actually the most historically mixed up costume in the film (besides Shakespeare's leather jacket with it's zip off sleeves :'D). The shaping is taken from all different points within the Tudor period, and some of it from Spanish influence rather than English. (none of them are really 100% correct, as that was not the intention - this is just the most mixed up one :'D)

(Sorry if I went a little OTT here, I study costume for stage and screen at uni. I'll happily fill out more on different films if you would like! xD)

On a note of interest, I can't help but wonder what it is you're hoping to gain from this questionnaire and how it's going to help your project?



Last edited by Illulyn (27 Jul 2013 - 15:25)
27 Jul 2013 - 23:00105355
Thank you sooooooooo much!! <3 don't worry you didn't go OTT it's all good when it comes to coursework (as I'm sure you know) Thanks again!!!

I'm just sort of trying to find out how people respond to costumes in films and what makes people like them so I can some how magically put this into my own design ideas. It's not a critical bit of research but every little helps. C:



Last edited by SaffronJay (27 Jul 2013 - 23:03)
28 Jul 2013 - 10:19105361
No worries! Like I said, I'll happily do more!

Just an idea, but you might get more interesting results if you were to link to various costumes and ask people what it was they received from the costume character wise/ how they respond to it - rather than just have us blabble about our favorites? It would give you a much easier time with compiling the data with having the specific things to anchor it all around.

Good luck with your project, I'd love to see the end result! <3


01 Aug 2013 - 10:21105548
Quote IndecisiveTrollop:
No worries! Like I said, I'll happily do more!

Just an idea, but you might get more interesting results if you were to link to various costumes and ask people what it was they received from the costume character wise/ how they respond to it - rather than just have us blabble about our favorites? It would give you a much easier time with compiling the data with having the specific things to anchor it all around.

Good luck with your project, I'd love to see the end result! <3


Damn that's good! I'm going to try that if that's okay? Would you be willing to fill in a form about that as well of you have time?


01 Aug 2013 - 11:37105553
Quote Chibinoodle:
Quote IndecisiveTrollop:
No worries! Like I said, I'll happily do more!

Just an idea, but you might get more interesting results if you were to link to various costumes and ask people what it was they received from the costume character wise/ how they respond to it - rather than just have us blabble about our favorites? It would give you a much easier time with compiling the data with having the specific things to anchor it all around.

Good luck with your project, I'd love to see the end result! <3


Damn that's good! I'm going to try that if that's okay? Would you be willing to fill in a form about that as well of you have time?


Haha go ahead! And yep, more than willing
Are you looking to do costume at uni?


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