Designers spend endless hours creating costumes

Fullerton College Hornet  - Amanda Glover - Wednesday, October 13th, 1999

Creating the romantic look of centuries past, costume designer Mela Hoyt-Heydon, designed colorful dresses to make the women "look very light and fanciful," said director Gary Krinke, for the upcoming play 'Much Ado About Nothing.'

Costumes were constructed from the updated 'Directoire' time period which occurred at the end of the French Revolution.

The men are dressed in trousers tucked into boots, since high school students visiting for the play's matinee showing might laugh at the sight of men in tights.

About 75 hours of work was spent on each detailed dress alone including the petticoat, shift and other undergarments.

Three to four weeks of researching is done before the costume designing process begins.

·According to Heydon, interior design material was used to create the women's costumes in order to take advantage of the "shabby sheik fabrics" because of the bright and colorful fabrics and prints.

After costuming shows in Disneyland and working at Fullerton College since 1980, Heydon's expertise and helpful student design team created the perfect visual costume setting.