Costume Design is the art of creating clothes for performers and characters in theater productions and films.
The short course in Costume Design enables students to understand costumes from a cultural point of view, prioritizing design methodology and practical experience with a specific focus on Broadway musical productions.
The ultimate goal of Costume Design is to provide fashion design students with an in-depth understanding of the costume design sector, offering them valuable insights into the world of musical production and giving them the chance to design costumes for famous musical characters under the guidance of Broadway director and choreographer Lorin Latarro.
Students will acquire knowledge of the cultural aspects of costume design and become familiar with the inner workings of Broadway. They will learn how to develop a costume design for a specific musical character from the initial visual concept through to the final design and prototypes, receiving individual feedback from professors with extensive experience in the industry.
In addition to Lorin Latarro, the main lecturers on the course are select designers from Broadway and a team of professors with extensive experience in the fashion industry.
Mentors share tools, guidance, motivation and resources with students throughout their program. They play an important role in the professional lives of young students.
Director and Choreographer
Lorin Latarro choreographed Broadway’s recent Into The Woods, Waitress, Mrs. Doubtfire, Les Liasons Dangereuse with Janet McTeer and Live Schreiber, Waiting For Godot with Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stuart, Merrily We Roll Along at Roundabout, Assassins at Encores, La Traviata at The Metropolitan Opera, Chess at The Kennedy Center, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street for “This American Life” (Brooklyn Academy of Music), The Public Theater’s The Visitor, Twelfth Night And The Odyssey (Public Works, Delacort Theater), Fanny And God Bless You, Mr Rosewater (City Center Encores!), and A Christmas Carol McCarter Theatre.
She is currently developing Lauren Sandler’s novel This Is All I Got and recently directed Candace Bushnell’s one woman show, Is There Still Sex In The City at the Daryl Roth Theatre, which became a NYTimes Critic’s Pick. Additional Directing credits Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy – The Immersive Experience, Queen Of The Night which garnered a Drama Desk Award, The David Foster and Kat McPhee Show, #DateMe at The Westside Theatre, A Taste Of Things To Come at Chicago’s Nederlander Broadway, Swelling And Irritation by Jodi Picoult and Tim McDonald, Trails by Jeff Thompson, Christy Hall. Rodgers After Hammerstein – 92Y Lyrics and Lyricists, Beth Malone’s Three Part Harmony – Theatre Aspen.
Lorin Latarro holds a BFA from The Juilliard School where she is an adjunct professor. She holds a secondary degree from NYU Tisch Film and Television Directing Fundamentals. She is a Drama Desk, Lortel, and Chita Rivera nominee. Lorin has traveled to India and Africa multiple times to work with The Gates Foundation in family health and planning and is the founder of ArtAmmmo.org Artists Against Gun Violence as seen in the NY Times, PBS, Rachel Maddow, BBC.
Who it's for
This course is aimed at fashion students that want to expand their knowledge of the costume design field.
At the end of this course students will produce a portfolio of work that includes visual research on selected musicals, costume designs for selected musical characters and prototype ideas.
The curriculum of the short course in Costume Design includes a range of subjects that will help students develop their skills and knowledge in the field. Some of the key topics covered include:
- History of Costume: cultural analysis of costume design with a focus on theater productions
- Costume Design: fashion design focusing on the specific sector of costume design
- Patternmaking: developing patterns for the creation of costume designs
- Prototyping: creation of costume design mock-ups
- Graphics and portfolio: guidance for the visual realization of a final portfolio for the student
The best student will have the opportunity to undertake an internship on Broadway.
Application requirements are:
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) with motivation letter
- English language proficiency
- Secondary school (high school) diploma or equivalent
- Previous knowledge of fashion design
Once you complete the short course in Costume Design, you will receive Polimoda’s Official Certificate of Attendance.
This certificate will strengthen your CV and expand your career opportunities.