Costume design is the invention of clothing and an investment in the overall appearance of a
character or performer. Costume may refer to the style of dress specific to a nation, a class, or a
period. It contributes to the fullness of the artistic, visual world which is unique to a particular
theatrical or cinematic production. The most basic designs are produced to denote status, provide
protection or modesty, or provide visual interest to a character. Costumes may be for
a theater, cinema, or musical performance, but not limited to those uses. Costume design should
not be confused with costume coordination, which merely involves altering existing clothing,
although both create stage clothes.
Four types of costumes are used in theatrical design: historical, fantastical, dance and modern.