Costume Craftwork on a Budget: Clothing, 3-D Makeup, Wigs, Millinery & Accessories

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Part of your job as the costume designer is to be creative and use what materials are available to you to execute the design elements in a production. This book will show you how to use inexpensive materials to create durable products in a short amount of time that are practical and technical. It is written in an easy-to-follow manner and each step is shown with a wide array of illustrations and photographs. From creating armour out of laundry baskets, to detailed tricks to create a prosthetic nose for a witch, this book will show the techniques needed for you to produce end results that are beautiful, economical, and fast to make.

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"This book is an excellent review of unique and economical approaches to common costume technology issues with stunning visuals that gives us confidence that the final product will be functional and of high aesthetic quality. It is a cookbook of theatrical craftwork." —Linda Pisano, Professor of Costume Design at Indiana University Dept. of Theatre and Drama
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240808536
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/26/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 416,100
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


1. 3-Dimensional Makeup for Dracula
2. Making the Cyrano Nose for Cyrano de Bergerac
3. Creating Fangs for Dracula
4. Making Crooked Teeth for Big River
5. Adding a Natural Hairline To an Existing Wig for Grapes of Wrath
6. Making a Half Bald Wig for Grapes of Wrath
7. Using an Existing Wig To Create a Chinese Pigtail Wig for Dance and Railroad
8. Creating Long Hair From Short Hair for Peer Gent
9. Dyeing Wigs for The Blithe Spirit
10. Wig Construction for Blithe Spirit
11. Making Japanese Wigs for Mikado
12. Making an Old Fashioned Chinese Hair-do Piece for Romeo and Juliet
13. Altering a Wig for Production Pippin
14. Making a Full Beard for The Butterfingers Angel
15. Making Beard for Pippin

1. Making Rubber Masks for Once On This Island
2. Making Varaform and Wonder Flax Masks for Pippin
3. Adopting and Decorating Existing Masks for Amadeus
4. Making Latex Masks for Peer Gent
5. Making Paper Machete Masks for The Walker In The Snow

1. Altering an Existing Hat To a Period Hat for Death of A Salesman
2. Making a Straw Hat for Look Homeward Angel
3. Making a Straw Bonnet for Tom Sawyer
4. Making an Egyptian Crown for The Mystery of Irma Vep
5. Making Crowns for Pippin
6. Making Headdresses for Till We Have Faces
7. Making Hoods for Robin Hood
8. Making a Turban for Merchant of Venice
9. Making a Turban for The Butterfingers Angel
10. Making Turbans for Once On This Island
11. Making Headdresses for Robin Hood
12. Making the "Chrysler Building” Headdress for Lend Me A Tenor
13. Making a Headdress for Big River
14. Making Headdresses for Once On This Island
15. Making a Hat for Anything goes
16. Making a Headdress for Romeo and Juliet
17. Making a Chinese Opera Headdress for Dance and Railroad
18. Making a Headdress for Frog Prince
19. Making a Wire-Framed Hat for Important Being Earnest

1. Making a Crocodile Costume for Peter Pan
2. Making a Swan Costume for Elves and Shoemaker
3. Making Horse Heads for Cinderella
4. Making a Tree Costume for Once On This Island
5. Using Foam To Create Headdresses for Frog and Toad
6. Wired Animal Headdress and Costume piece for Just So

1. Using Household Items To Create War Helmets for Pippin
2. Making Armor With Unusual Materials for Pippin
3. Altering and Decorating Existing Plastic Armor for Frog and Prince

1. A Wedding Dress for Anything Goes and Crazy for You
2. An Evening Dress for Anything Goes
3. A Frock Coat for Tintypes
4. A Smocking Jacket for 13 Rue De L'Amour

1. Making Suede Leather Shoes and Boots for Robin Hood
2. Making a Leather Apron for The Visit
3. Making a Leather Apron for Elves and Shoe Maker
4. Making a Colorful Leather Jacket for Extremities

1. Aging Costumes for The Visit
2. Dyeing Fabric and Garments for Romeo and Juliet
3. Aging Shoes for the Visit

1. Making Cheap Earrings, Necklaces, Bracelets, and Anklets for Once On This Island
2. Making a Inexpensive Necklace for Peer Gent

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