5 Must-Listen-To Podcasts for Every Costume Designer

By: Colleen Monroe

Designing costumes for film and TV is an intricate process of building a believable world with characters who have lived a life before the story even begins. For costume designers, this complex design challenge requires constantly learning, studying, and researching numerous different fields of interest to create these characters. 

So, if you’re on the subway between shopping for fabrics in New York or sitting in traffic on the 101 en route to a fitting, we’ve got a list of podcasts that will keep sharpening your design skills and history savvy while you’re on the go.    

Stuff You Missed in History Class

1. Stuff you Missed in History Class

Culinary, corsets, and crime, this podcast covers history from all angles. Whether you’re researching a specific topic or just upping your history game, this podcast is bursting with information and shared in an enjoyable, storytelling style. 

Design Matters Podcast

2. Design Matters

Hosted by one of the most influential design thinkers and graphic designers today, Debbie Millman has conversations about creative culture with designers, writers, artists, curators, musicians, and other luminaries. This is a MUST listen for any designer who is fascinated with anthropology. 

3. Dressed Podcast

From the history of penny loafers to polka dots, to studies on rebellious youth subcultures from the 1940s to the1960s, this podcast is rich with interviews and insights on the history and social economics behind what we wear. 

99 Percent Invisible

4. 99% Invisible

Costume designers live in the details. Every piece of clothing is chosen to better tell the story of a character. That’s why this podcast is perfect for designers intrigued with nuances. It’s a show about all the unnoticed moments in our world, falling into these eight categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Cities, Objects, Sounds, Visuals, Technology, and History. Plus, it’s hosted by Roman Mars, who has a magically soothing voice for stressful days. 

Revisionist History

5. Revisionist History

Nominated as one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers, host, Malcom Gladwell, transports listeners back in time through an audio time machine. Every episode covers a specific historical moment for a second look while Gladwell uses logic, science, and research to make us think twice about what actually happened beyond the history books.

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