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Period costume for the stage : [a practical guide]
Bicât, Tina.
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Ramsbury : Crowood Press, [2003]

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144 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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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 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#65533;t 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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Tina Bicat has worked in international, national, regional and fringe theatre, opera and ballet, and for film, television and carnival. Her work includes large-scale productions with casts of hundreds, one-man shows, instant costumes devised and made in rehearsal, puppets, masks, transformations and special effects as well as more traditional costume design and making. She also works with the drama students at St Mary's College at Strawberry Hill

Table of Contents

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