Lucile is 20 years old and has loved the Rio Carnival since she was a little girl. Now she is a carnival costume maker and is learning how to make costumes herself. This clip illustrates how the costumes are made, from the pattern cutting to the gluing on of sequins. We see how the designers take a theme and design and make costumes to illustrate it. It includes the process of making the costumes as well as images of the Rio Carnival.
Younger children need to experience handling and feeling different materials in order to understand them fully and offering them lots of different textures, colours and shapes will help them to understand this. Embellishments such as sequins, beads, buttons and glitter thread add an element of excitement when used under supervision. Designing a flat paper costume for a 2D paper figure is a simple way to begin costume design. They could then cut pieces of material to dress a wooden peg or spoon character, choosing colours and textures appropriate to the kind of costume they are trying to create, for example an animal, flames or snowy character.
Whilst whole-class costumes are ambitious and time-consuming, a mannequin on display could be dressed in various ways over time, encouraging children to take notice and actively be responsible for its appearance and clothing design.