The CSA Costume Design Award is given annually to recognize excellence in costume design in a production for theatre, film, television, or other media that involves dressing living performers. Award-winning productions demonstrate creative, innovative, and effective approaches to costume design. The designer of an award-winning production receives a certificate, an invitation to present a brief overview of the design process at the National Symposium the following year, and a $500 honorarium to help defray travel and symposium expenses (if the awardee is not a member of CSA, part of the honorarium will be applied toward membership in CSA).
The CSA Costume Design Award, first presented in 2008, reflects the Costume Society of America’s interest in and encouragement of creative visual design. The award has recognized excellence in costume design in various ways over the years: originally awarded for an entire body of work, the current award is given for excellence in a single production.
be for living performers, whether for theatre, dance, opera, film, television, the internet, or other entertainment performances in traditional or non-traditional venues
have been performed in the 12 months preceding the nomination deadline
To be eligible for the award a production must:
Nominations for 2016 must be received by January 31, 2016.
Productions will be evaluated by:
demonstrated creative, innovative, and imaginative approach to costume design
effective collaboration with the director, design team, and production team
contribution of the costume design to the storyline and characterization of the performers
quality of the presentation of costume design renderings
quality of executed costumes and overall excellence as represented in submitted images and supporting materials
Nominees will be notified of the results by April 15, 2016. Award results will be announced at the CSA National Symposium. The award-winning designer is invited to present an overview of the design concept and process at the following year’s CSA National Symposium and will receive a $500 honorarium to help defray travel and symposium expenses.
Complete the application (see below) and submit electronically (as a single folder using a free large file sharing application such as Dropbox or Google Drive).
Questions? Contact Karan Feder, Chair, CSA Costume Design Award Committee, at
Designer name(s) _______________________________________
Email ___________________ Telephone ____________________
Production name _______________________________________
Production venue _______________________________________
Production dates _______________________________________
Provide no more than 25 clearly labeled images (which may include short video clips) that give a visual overview the production, selected costume renderings, realized costumes, and the inspiration/research underlying the creative work of the designer. (All digital images submitted via Dropbox or Google Drive must be sized no larger than 72 dpi. If video clips are submitted, do not upload these but provide a direct Internet link for viewing the file.)
Also briefly describe the following:
1) The medium in which the production was presented, including the venue and audience
2) The concept for the production, including the director’s vision
3) The collaborative process with the director, design team, and production team
4) The inspirations and challenges of the creative costume design process
5) How the costumes advanced the storyline and the characterization of the performers
6) The costume budget and costume production facilities
7) The practical production process, detailing how the costumes were executed
Send submissions to: Karan@EntertainmentExhibitions.com.
Receipt of entries will be acknowledged within one week.