(Note: The information provided in this article is a result of the doctoral research conducted during time span of five years between 2005 and 2010 in Indian film industry. The information was collected through observation of the process along with personal interviews, questionnaire and group discussions with the personnel working for the industry, critics, historians and in-charge of the organisations responsible for functions related to costuming work in Mumbai films.


The creation process of a costume will be discussed in eleven steps, an introduction to which is available in initial part of the article. The flow chart is given in figure 2, yet while explaining, the last three steps have been modified for convenience of understanding. The matter will be presented through a series of three articles with first four steps discussed in this one. )


Film making process can be divided into three stages namely: Pre-production, Production and Post-production (Bension, 2008).

Pre-production is the planning phase, which includes casting, location selection, set/costume creation and overall scheduling. Production involves the actual making of the film i.e. all activities which are part of the shooting process. Post-production activities include editing, recording, advertising and marketing. Costuming, as a process, is centred more towards the initial phase of film making, although the use of costumes carries on during the complete production.


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About the Authors:


Dr. Sarita Kataria is a Ph.D. scholar, Delhi University


Dr. Seema Sekhri is an Associate Professor at the Department of Fabric and Apparel Science, Lady Irwin College