costume design workshop: creative travel

Hi everyone,

To start this year, I would like to share this entry about a workshop that I taught.

Last summer I taught a costume designer workshop in Barcelona, in the “Barcelona International Dance Summer Intensive”  course.

In this workshop the students learnt how to design costumes for a play.

During the first session,
at the beginning of this session, I talked about the plot of the play and the characters.

To ensure that we keep an open mind, the name of the play or author is never mentioned.

The play was ” Blood wedding” by Federico García Lorca.

During the second session, students worked with feelings and sensations so that they can understant the characters and design the costumes.

They’ll need to travel with their imaginations which is my favorite part of my work.

For this experience they close their eyes, after they have felt through songs,sounds and objects. For exemple they touch ice and sand. After they needed to write about what they felt for each character.

In the next session in groups, they talked about notes they made in the last session and they create a collage.

This collage is very important because with it, they’ll have the inspiration to design every costume.

After, they had sketch and they designed costumes.

They put colour with magazines clippings.

When they finished, I told them the name of the play and the author. And together we watched a video of performance and compared their costumes and ideas.

Here there are some pictures.

Feel free to send me any questions or comments.

See you soon 😉


Hola a todos,

Para empezar el año, me gustaría compartir en esta entrada un taller que di.

El verano pasado impartí un taller de diseño de vestuario en Barcelona, en ” Barcelona International Dance Summer Intensive” curso.

En este taller  los estudiantes aprendieron como diseñar el vestuario de una obra de teatro.

Durante la primera sesión, al principio de la sesión expliqué el argumento de la obra y hablé de los personajes.

Para no tener influencias, no dije el título de la obra ni el nombre del autor.

La obra era “Bodas de sangre”· de Federico García Lorca.

Durante la segunda sesión, los estudiantes trabajaron con sentimientos y sensaciones para poder entender a los personajes y diseñar su vestuario.

Ellos necesitaron  hacer un viaje a través de su imaginación, esta es la parte de mi trabajo que más me gusta.

Para esta experiencia ellos tenían los ojos tenían los ojos tapados, después sintieron a través de canciones, sonidos y objetos. Por ejemplo tocaron hielo y arena.

Después ellos necesitan escribir a cerca de qué sintieron con cada personaje.

En la siguiente sesión, en grupos, ellos hablan de las notas que tomaron en anterior sesión y crean un collage.

Este collage es muy importante porque con él, ellos tendrán la inspiración para diseñar cada traje.

Después ellos tienen unos modelos y diseñan el vestuario.

Ellos dieron color con recortes de revistas.

Cuando ellos terminaron , les dije el nombre y autor de la obra. Juntos vimos una vídeo de una representación teatral y compararon sus diseños e ideas.

Podéis escribir preguntas o comentarios.

aquí os dejo algunas fotos.

Hasta pronto 😉




2 thoughts on “costume design workshop: creative travel

  1. I have some experience with costume design, including for film, and after reading the script, my approach usually starts with developing color palettes for each character— and the palettes change as the story progresses, to underscore each character’s transformation. I’m constantly fascinated by the ways in which we as designers can influence the way characters are perceived. And the change in colors of clothes also influences the actors. Of course, the same concept applies to all of us as we pick out what to wear each day.


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