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Period costume for stage & screen. Patterns for outer garments
Hunnisett, Jean.
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volumes <1-2> : illustrations ; 29 cm
bk. 1. Cloaks, capes, stoles and wadded mantles -- bk. 2. Dominos, dolmans, coats, pelisses, spencers, callashes, hoods and bonnets.

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This reference for costume designers contains 38 scaleable patterns and instructions for constructing selected types of historical outdoor garments for women. Coverage includes taking measurements, types of fabrics, sewing techniques, fitting, and harnessing the garment to the actor. The text is acc

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Library Journal Review

It is difficult to imagine a period costume resource more useful than this-the fifth entry in Hunnisett's "Period Costume" series after Period Costume for Stage and Screen: Outer Garments, Book I, which features patterns for cloaks, capes, stoles, and wadded mantles ranging from medieval times to the 20th century. Book II covers the stylistic changes in outer garments, including dolmans, coats, pelisses, spencers, calashes, hoods, and bonnets, from the 18th to the 20th century. Hunnisett combines detailed definitions and instructions with a plethora of illustrations to guide the reader through sections on costuming techniques, garment patterns, and design interpretation. Her scale patterns are drawn from original garments researched in institutions like the Museum of London and the Victoria and Albert Museum. In many cases, she was allowed to examine the fragile historic pieces in those collections, which results in patterns and instructions intended to create duplicates of the originals rather than mere stage costumes. The illustrations include 39 patterns, 110 historical plates, and 53 figures. Each section includes a general discussion of the garment, black-and-white design drawings, patterns, and photos of the construction process. The historical fashion plates, interspersed with photographs of contemporary costumes, provide an eye-catching view of what can be accomplished by today's costumer. Highly recommended for all theater collections.-Laura A. Ewald, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Another success for Hunnisett. The three volumes in Hunnisett's first series, Period Costume for Stage and Screen: Patterns for Women's Dress (1986-88), spanned the medieval to Edwardian periods. The first book in the present sequence for outer garments focused primarily on capes, stoles, and mantles and covered garments from medieval times to the 20th century. The present volume treats closer fitting garments of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Providing detailed information not often found in the secondary literature, these are resources to be kept and used by practitioners of costuming. As useful as its predecessors, the volume under review details basic skills that put users on common ground with practitioners of earlier periods. But the jewel at the heart of the book, as in other Hunnisett volumes, is the patterning (in 1/8-inch grid), which allows costumers to re-create the pieces with exceptional precision. Wonderful photographs abound, allowing investigation of the smallest and most unique period details. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All libraries supporting fashion and costume programs concerned with period construction and detail. S. R. Robinson Central Washington University

Table of Contents

Pattern Listp. vi
Plate Listp. vi
Figuresp. viii
Introductionp. xi
Part 1 Techniques of costume making
1. Primary Sources and Interpretationp. 3
2. Sewing Techniquesp. 7
3. Fabricsp. 19
4. Measurements For Cloaks, Mantles and Capesp. 26
5. Draping A Cloak Toilep. 29
6. Making A Cloakp. 37
7. The Fittingp. 41
8. Harnessp. 43
Part 2 Patterns and detail
9. Cloaksp. 47
10. Wadded Cloaks and Mantlesp. 65
11. Short Capesp. 89
12. Wraps and Stolesp. 119
Part 3 Design and detail
13. Interpretation of Costume Designsp. 153
14. Source Indexp. 159
15. Bibliographyp. 160
16. Indexp. 161
Acknowledgementsp. 163