More Costumes for the Stage

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New Amsterdam Books, May 11, 1998 - Performing Arts - 144 pages
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Here is another feast of ideas and practical information from the author of Costumes for the Stage for anyone who needs to dress a drama production on a tight budget or by the simplest means. Sheila Jackson's first book has been in constant demand for over a decade. Now, in addition to developing some of her earlier ideas in areas such as historical cosutme and fabrics, she covers exciting new ground with sections on animal and bird costumes, musical and dance, ethnic costume, headdresses and accessories, plus advice on design and how to manage a costume plan, a section especially for schools, and another dealing with costume for video. Over seventy-five pages of her own lively line drawings, diagrams and patterns illustrate the text throughout.
 

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Contents

Introduction
6
1 The Work Place
7
2 Considering the Budget
10
3 Historical Costume
12
4 Choosing and Making Accessories
75
5 Thinking about Design
81
6 Costume Building
83
7 Garments from Very Simple Shapes
84
11 Masks
108
12 Musicals Dance and Opera
112
13 Ethnic Costume
121
14 Carnival Costumes
130
15 Mainly for Schools
134
16 Costumes for Video
138
Finale
139
Some Words about Materials
140

8 Fabrics Plain and Patterned
90
9 Emphasis on Heads
101
10 Animal and Bird Costumes
105
Finding Out
141
Index
142
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About the author (1998)

Sheila Jackson, who designed the costumes for the popular television series Upstairs, Downstairs was Head of Costume at London Weekend Television. As a former teacher she is acutely aware of the problems of any designer who needs to work quickly and cheaply and still achieve the right effect. After recruiting from LWT she was a moderator for a number of theatre costume courses for several years. She is also the author of Costumes for the Stage (also published by New Amsterdam). She lives in London.

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