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Costume Design Master Class: Intro to Costume Design

with Marie Stagg

Date: Saturday, March 13th

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location: via Zoom Webinar

Cost: $10/person 


Required Materials: Zoom, speaker, Power Point presentation, and internet capabilities


About this Course

Curious about costume design?  In this webinar, participants will learn what defines costume design, identifying the skills and knowledge needed to begin in costume design, and understanding the importance of collaboration  throughout the design process.

Course Discussions



Business Module:

  • Freelance

  • Studio Contract

  • Agents for Costume Design

Collaboration & Partnership:

  • Working with Directors

  • Working with Actors

  • Working with Set/Lighting/Sound Designers

  • Working with Props

  • Working with Hair & Makeup

Character & Setting:

  • Why character development is essential

  • How to breakdown a script

  • Learning the character

  • Learning the script


  • Research

  • Communication

  • Resourcefulness

  • Problem Solving

  • Organization

  • Time Management

  • Punctuality

  • Team Management


  • Basic understanding of fashion history

  • Taking measurements

  • Fittings and alterations

  • Budgeting and marketing

Stage vs. Film:

  • Similarities

  • Differences

Examples of Pop Culture Designs: 

Detailed photos and discussion of costume design exhibits featuring costumes from various films including:

  • Captain America

  • Captain Marvel

  • Black Panther

  • Rocket Man

  • Maleficent

  • Aladdin

  • Downton Abbey

  • Little Women.....and more!

About Marie Stagg:

Marie Stagg is a Baton Rouge native who works as the Director of Domestic Sales for the Louisiana Office of Tourism by day and enjoys the creative art of costuming in her spare time. Her interest in costuming began at an early age and led her to earn her bachelor’s degree in Apparel Design from LSU and a license in cosmetology from the Aveda Institute of Baton Rouge. With experience working at the Southern Costume Company costume house in New Orleans, attending Costume College conference in Los Angeles for multiple years, guest speaking on topics of historical costuming, and freelancing as a local costumed historical interpreter, her interest in costuming spans a wide range. She is honored to be a member of both the Costume Society of America and the Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild. Her most recent project was collaborating with Red Magnolia Theatre Company as the costume designer for the production of “Steel Magnolias” in November 2019. Her biggest passion in costuming is historical fashion, which has led her to attend two costumed balls as the Duchesse de Louisiane at Versailles Palace in Versailles, France and to pursue her master’s in museum studies at the Harvard Extension School.

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