Film and television costume designers are considered to be the artists whose work subject is clothing and decorations used by actors. Stage costume designers should create full and complete outfits for play characters and reflect both the place and time of the story performed.
Speaking about film and television costume designers, it is relevant to tell you a few words about such notable designers as Cecil Beaton and Nglia Dickson, who have made a considerable contribution into the world film and television design. Cecil Beaton is one of the most famous and celebrated British photographers and is one of the most renowned film and television costume designers. He lived in the period of 1904 and 1980 and was gifted with flamboyant and abundant sense of style. His well-known portraits of celebrities, fashion photographs, design works for theatre, television and film, volumes of diaries make him one of the first popular international multi-media artists. The first exhibition of the living artist was called the Cecil Beaton exhibition and held in 1968 at the National Portrait Gallery by its director Roy Strong. It was his first numerous exhibitions devoted to professional photography. Later this person presented more than two hundred carefully chosen portrait photographs.
After the Second World War Cecil Beaton probed the ground of the Broadway stage and started to design costumes, sets, lighting for the revival of Lady Windermere`s Fan in 1946. By the way, he also acted in the mentioned performance. The most widely-lauded achievement of Cecil was the costumes and sets for the Lerner and Loewe`s My Fair Lady (1956), the film which lead the costume designer to two Lerner and Loewe film musicals: Gigi (1958) and My Fair Lady (1964). These musicals are known to have helped Cecil to earn the Academy award for costume design. It is worthy admitting that his last work for the Broadway was costumes and sets for the film Coco (1969) starring Katharine Hepburn.
Nglia Dickson is also one of the most outstanding film and television costume designers is also from New Zealand. Among her well-known works are the films The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King and The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring. As a matter of fact, for the former one Nglis Dickens won the Academy award in costume design nomination (sharing it with another costume designer Richard Taylor).
In conclusion, it is important to pay attention to the fact that film and television costume designers are responsible for creating the personality and social status of the stage character. At the same time, they should have a working experience, skills and knowledge in the area of various materials, which are being used (such as fabrics, leathers, furs, metals, etc.). Among other important things to be taken into consideration by stage costume designers are undergarments, gloves, outerwear, shoes, jewelry, armor, stockings, weapons, glasses and other widely spread costume accessories. By the way, the world of stage costumes design often includes the related art of make-up.