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The Complete Guide to Film and Digital Production, 3rd Edition by Lorene M. Wales

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The Wardrobe Department

From beautiful gowns on a princess to outrageous armor on a forest creature to a pair of boots for a streetwalker, these are the creations of the wardrobe department. Their work is sometimes obvious, sometimes subtle. Arguably, when a wardrobe department is recognized for its work via an Academy Award, it is usually on a period film, which brings along with it particular challenges. However, all wardrobe is created with a sense of a particular character in mind. How a person dresses reflects that person’s character. The same concept applies for a character in a film. Even in contemporary projects where the wardrobe may not need to be designed, great care is taken to ensure that each actor’s look is specific, purposeful, ...

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