Period Costume for the Stage: A Practical Guide

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Period Costume for the Stage is an invaluable guide to using basic costumes and modern clothes to recreate the styles of the past. Each chapter offers a brief insight into the political or social movements that influenced the design ideas of a particular century or era; it then moves on to explore the ways in which the period can be represented in costume on the stage. Topics include principles of making basic costumes and adapting them for historical plays; clothing for men, women, and children; practical and ...

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Overview

Period Costume for the Stage is an invaluable guide to using basic costumes and modern clothes to recreate the styles of the past. Each chapter offers a brief insight into the political or social movements that influenced the design ideas of a particular century or era; it then moves on to explore the ways in which the period can be represented in costume on the stage. Topics include principles of making basic costumes and adapting them for historical plays; clothing for men, women, and children; practical and simple ways to suggest the class and status of characters; ideas for using accessories to suggest the essential shape or form of a period costume; and simple but highly versatile patterns that can be adapted to create specific effects. Tina Bic√Ęt is a well-known costume designer for theater, film, and television; she has worked for The Royal National Theatre, the English National Opera, and The New York City Ballet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861265890
  • Publisher: Crowood Press, Limited, The
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

The Ten-Minute Tour 6
Introduction 9
1 Basic Costume 14
2 Crusaders and Troubadours 1066-1485 21
3 The Dark and Dazzling Tudors 1485-1603 33
4 Linen, Lace and Civil War 1603-1660 44
5 Culture, Curls and the Country House 1660-1789 54
6 Jane Austen at Home and Rebellion Abroad 1789-1840 65
7 Corsets, Communications and Queen Victoria 1840-1900 76
8 From Drawing Room to Battlefield 1900-1945 88
9 A World in the Living Room 1945-2000 103
10 Patterns, Modifications and Substitutions 114
Appendix Useful Tips for Costume Makers 135
Bibliography 139
Index 140
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