Language baffles me, so as a child I quickly became a visual person, scribbling on anything I could get my hands on. I dream and think in pictures. Ideally, the costume sketch communicates the concept. It's the compass for your creative journey and it's your contract with the director and production team. For me, the best part of the process is finding my way through the unknown with the guidance of my director and my fellow designers. Once I find the portal, I can retreat to my studio with my pencils, pens, watercolors, and brushes. This is where the dreaming starts. I render everything, every look, and every detail. Nothing goes unaddressed. Following final dress, I always refer back to the drawings. How close did I get the costumes to the rendering? This is my measure of success.
— Dustin Shaffer (2018)
- Graduate Costume Design Award for Tartuffe, 1st Place, Southeastern Theatre Conference (2008)
- David Weiss Costume Design Award for Mother Courage & Her Children, 1st Place, KCACTF, Region IV (2007)