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Costume Designer's Handbook: A Complete Guide for Amateur and Professional Costume Designers

Costume Designer's Handbook: A Complete Guide for Amateur and Professional Costume Designers
Author: Rosemary Ingham - Liz Covey
ISBN 13: 9780435086077
ISBN 10: 435086073
Edition: 2nd Revised ed.
Publisher: Heinemann Drama
Publication Date: 1992-11-02
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
List Price: $43.13

Newly revised and updated, The Costume Designer's Handbook is now more comprehensive than ever and is the backbone of any costume designer's library since its original publication in 1983. Features of this new edition include:

  • a foreword by Arvin Brown, Artistic Director of the Long Wharf Theatre
  • guidance on how to read and analyze a play
  • plans for establishing a costume plot
  • insights into working with directors and other designers
  • resources for doing historical research
  • a discussion of the properties of color
  • sketching, drawing, and drafting techniques
  • an 8-page color insert
  • 150 black-and-white photos, drawings, and charts
  • a complete, up-to-date reference section

Library Journal

The Costumer's Handbook (1980), the bible of theatrical costumers, has been out of print for a while. It is resurrected here in a much expanded version as two essential reference/hand/text books, one for designers and one for technicians. Both are superbly illustrated and contain both an extensive annotated bibliography and a lengthy shopping guide. The Designer's Handbook follows the process from script to production, also offering contains a chapter on the profession. The Technician's Handbook begins with setting up a costume shop and goes on to such topics as safety, fabrics, pattern-making, con struction, fitting, dyeing, and sections on hair, hats, and accessories. Both titles are required purchases for theater collections.-- Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., Mass.