Productions give the costume designer/wardrobe department a budget. For everyday clothing bought from stores, but not selected by the director for the performers, will be returned to the various stores for refund. Wardrobe warehouses boast rows and rows ceiling high of costumes ready to be rented for specific period pieces. Costume stock are pulled from their racks and shelves ready to clothe the actors. These warehouses also have boxes and boxes and boxes of accessories as well. From all the different types and sizes of footwear, hats, gloves, jewellery to masks, head-gear, underwear or other uncommon specialty items such as army fatigues, peasant rags or zombie duds, etc.
Movie pre-production for wardrobe can start about six weeks ahead of shooting. The director and/or producers are shown drawn artist conceptions, coloured and swatched with small pieces of costume for each character. These samplings offer an idea of what the proposed costumes/wardrobe will be worn by the actors. Instructions are given about the cut and fit of the costumes, alterations to existing stock, etc. Costumes built or made from scratch usually involve a costume designer. The designer researches the era or time period, shops for the materials, designs the ideas/concepts and puts together the pieces for the costumes. Costumes designed by designers are primarily Historical or period pieces, fantasy pieces and/or modern/futuristic.
There are no wrong answers to the question of what you want your wardrobe to look like. Traditional, modern, wood stain or pink - its up to you and the rest of the room. You can find a wardrobe in just about any style you might desire or have one custom-built. The key is to know what you want. Dont just pick something out of a catalogue based on price - take your time and think about what the rest of the furniture looks like, what colours will be on the walls, and what pleases your eye. Wardrobe design begins with the space the wardrobe will stand in. Wardrobes are not one-size-fits-all, and if your wardrobe is too big for the space you will know it every single time you step into the room (possibly because you will have to climb over something to get in there). Measure the room carefully and plot out where everything will be so you know where the wardrobe will stand, and thus the exact dimensions you have to work with. This also will inform your choice of sliding doors or swinging doors - do you have space for doors that swing open outward without hitting the bed?
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