What Practice Or Habit Do You Wish The Costume Designer Would Stop Doing?

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What practice or habit do you wish the Costume Designer would stop doing?
A. What is the practice or habit?

The Costume Designer has the tendency of leaving her work to the casts or the Production team. For example, once she obtains the costumes needed for the production, she will entrust the duty of taking care of the costumes into the Assistant Stage Manager’s hands. She did not turn up for all the show dates, thus the casts have to take care of the costumes (washing/drying on their own). When we did striking on the last night, the Costume Designer was nowhere to be seen. As a result, we were the ones returning the costumes back to the wardrobe.

B. What is the effect of this practice or habit?

The effect of this practice is that
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For example, one of our production assistants actually consulted the Costume Designer on why she chose that particular colour for the cast. In response to that, the Costume Designer only replied, “oh really?” when we said that the costumes do not really match the characteristics of that character.

B. Does the Costume Designer already have a similar practice or habit?

The Costume Designer listens to the Director and Production Manager but not us, maybe because she thinks that we are just students and therefore, do not have enough expertise to offer constructive feedback. For example, she would only consult the Stage and Assistant Stage Manager to check if the costumes are appropriate.

C. What do you believe would be the effect of this practice or habit?

I don’t think it is a good practice to ignore other people’s opinions, especially when we are the Production Assistants. From the first day of Production meeting to the actual rehearsals, we have been actively involved in the production and thus we would have some insights about how the costumes can be better adjusted to fit the casts. If the Costume Designer does not show any interest in understanding our thoughts, then she will not be able to identify what are the elements lacking in her choice of styling. She must learn how to take in people’s suggestions, because if our own Production Assistants are doubtful of her artistic choice, then the
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A. What is the practice or habit?

The Costume Designer has the habit of greeting everyone on set and maintaining a cheerful attitude throughout the day. There was once where we were sitting at the house waiting for the rehearsal to commence and she came over to say hi to us. In addition, she seldom loses temper nor gets stressed even when things don’t go her way.

B. What is the effect of this practice or habit?

It livens up the atmosphere and makes the day easier to pass by, especially if there’s a lot of work to do. A simple “Hi, how’s your day?” shows that your presence is being valued. Therefore when the Costume Designer said that, I felt that she was paying attention to us and she was being genuinely

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