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Costumes for the Stage : A Complete Handbook for Every Kind of Play - Sheila Jackson

Costumes for the Stage

A Complete Handbook for Every Kind of Play

Paperback Published: 26th September 2001
ISBN: 9781561310685
Number Of Pages: 153

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This updated edition of Costumes for the Stage aims at simplicity in all aspects of designing and making costumes. It is designed primarily for those who need to dress plays on a small budget, whether for amateur, semi-professional, or professional groups. Starting with five pages illustrating the basic shapes of each period, Sheila Jackson provides practical advice for every kind of play, together with drawings, diagrams, and patterns from which to work. Included are sections on Greek plays, medieval miracles and mysteries, Shakespeare, seventeenth century, eighteenth century, Victorian and Edwardian costume, the twenties and thirties, and the present day. Each section covers the details of men's and women's clothes (hats, collars, shoes, jewelry, etc.) as well as methods for adapting and simplifying the style of the period. There are also sections on pantomimes and musicals, pageants and school plays, and invaluable advice on underwear, fabrics, measurements and fitting, the use of color, and simple ways to make masks, crowns, and decorations. The revised edition features expanded text and new illustrations. Hundreds of line drawings and no-nonsense, authoritative text combine to make this an essential book of costume design.

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Even the well-trained designer might learn a few new shortcuts...A useful starting point for the creative amateur.--Theatre Journal

Introductionp. 7
Planning and equipmentp. 9
Measurements, patterns and fittingp. 12
The changing shape of period costumep. 15
Greek Dramap. 22
Medieval costume, miracles and mysteriesp. 29
Shakespeare and the sixteenth centuryp. 39
The seventeenth centuryp. 45
The eighteenth centuryp. 51
The nineteenth centuryp. 57
From 1895 to the First World Warp. 70
The twenties and thirtiesp. 79
Yesterday and todayp. 85
Underwear and nightwearp. 87
Thinking about designp. 90
Trimmingsp. 96
Adapting a hatp. 98
Fabrics, plain and patternedp. 99
Some simple methods for accessoriesp. 109
Musicalsp. 118
Pantomimesp. 124
Pageants and carnivalsp. 130
Especially for schoolsp. 137
Curtain upp. 149
Bibliographyp. 150
Indexp. 151
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ISBN: 9781561310685
ISBN-10: 1561310689
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 153
Published: 26th September 2001
Publisher: New Amsterdam Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 16.15  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised