Costume design in show business - POPA
Fabio Namatame

Costume design in show business


Fabio Namatame has worked in more than 200 theatre productions and he is the most recognized costumes designer in Brazil. His initial instruction in Japanese arts, culture, painting, sculpture and music confers creativity and histrionism to his costume and set designs, which shine on the stages where the best theatre, opera, musical or ballet shows are presented. Fabio is an artist who is interested in discovering the strength of each creation on stage. In this unique course, Fabio shares with us his experience, skills and work vision with practical examples of his own highly successful productions along with unpublished images and videos. We will learn about all the aspects related to the costumes: how to find references to develop a project design, the search of inspiration to create your own design, the importance of knowing the materials and all the available resources, the different stages of the work and how to successfully organize the fittings.

Everything you need to know about how to initiate a creative process, from the first reading of a play until the arrival at the theatre, and how to organize the stage. The challenges of working with the director together with the other artistic and technical areas. The importance of costumes as a tool to help the artist and establish a connection with the audience to enhance the story, deepening into the tricks of this outstanding artist of the Brazilian theatrical scene.


  • Directors
  • Producers/as
  • Costume design students
  • Company managers
  • Set designers/as
  • Choreographers
  • Technicians from any field
  • Composers
  • Actors and actresses
  • Singers
  • Dancers
  • Make-up artists
  • People interested in musical theatre and theatre in general
  • People from disciplines linked to the theatre industry and performing and visual arts
  • People interested in arts who want to discover how the different disciplines come together to make the magic of a show happen on stage


Module 1

1.1 Beginning from scratch.
1.2 Chaplin: how to start a creative thinking.
1.3 The Little Mermaid: how to research and design a project.
1.4 Cabaret: Security to head a project.

Module 2

2.1 Opera: The costume designer’s craft.
2.2 Ballet: Freedom to create.
2.3 The theater, the place of magic.
a) Adequacy of budgets and conditions.
b) The role of costumes on stage.
c) Costume changes and backstage set up.

Fabio Namatame

Fabio was trained at the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP) in São Paulo, Brazil. He has done works of art direction, set design, costumes for theater, opera, dance, advertising, film and television. He worked as a costume designer in the most impressive shows on the Brazilian scene, dressing the most important artists in the country and developing his creativity in national and international productions. He has received the Shell, Apetesp, Apca, English Culture, Sesc São Paulo, Carlos Gomes, Aplauso Brasil and Bibi Ferreira awards.


  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Duration: 2h 8min of original material
  • Program: 2 modules
  • Price US$: 40
  • Price AR$: 4000