The costume is a large part of the character. The details put into the attire can highlight aspects of their personalities and set a scene.
In Theatre Arts 411 Costuming for Theatre, students create pieces of garment that also may include costumes on current department productions.
The class is taught by adjunct theater professor Eileen Gizienski on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Performing Arts Building.
“When we first come to class, some of them don’t know how to thread a needle, not have any kind of sewing experience, by but the time we get to the end of class, they’re very comfortable using the tools that the class require,” Gizienski said.
Students are introduced to design principles, historic research methods, pattern and construction techniques, sewing equipment usage and maintenance. Students also learn how to collaborate with others on assignments.
Pierce student Emily Katz said they have to work on samples before they work on costumes.
“It’s nice to work with my hands and actually create something instead of sitting a room,” Katz said.
It’s not necessary to know how to work a sewing machine before taking this class. Students can create an authentic piece of clothing, and that can help them recognize what goes into costume design.