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The book Elizabethan Costume Design and Construction published by Focal Press provides in-depth instructions on how to create historically accurate costumes for Elizabethan-period productions. Extensive coverage of a variety of costumes for both men and women of all social classes will allow you to be prepared for any costuming need, and step-by-step instructions will ensure you have the know-how to design and construct your garments. The book contains hand-drawn renderings of costumes used in real life productions and offers detailed instructions to bring your designs to life and create a meticulously constructed costume.
Helen Q. Huang is an award-winning costume designer and the recipient of both the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Costume Design and the Ivey Awards. She is also a professor of the MFA Costume Design Program in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Study at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Emily Hoem is an Instructor of advanced sewing, tailoring, and patternmaking at the University of Maryland, and the Tailor/Draper for the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. She has worked for many theatres including Wolf Trap Opera Company, Washington Ballet, Signature Theatre, Folger Theatre, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.Kelsey Hunt served for six seasons as Resident Costume Designer at Triad Stage and is a two-time recipient of the Marian A. Smith Award. Her work may also be seen at Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Theatre J, The Maryland Opera Studio, and the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.
Part I: The Design Process
Chapter 1: Collaboration and Initial Conversations
Chapter 2: Collecting & Working with Research
Chapter 3: The Costume Sketch
Chapter 4: Fabric Selection
Chapter 5: Developing the Design Through Fittings Part II: Construction
Chapter 6: Construction Basics
Chapter 7: The Female Bodice
Chapter 8: The Female Sleeve
Chapter 9: The Skirt Basque & Skirt
Chapter 10: Female Undergarments & Accessories
Chapter 11: The Male Doublet
Chapter 12: The Male Sleeves
Chapter 13: The Male Breeches
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Guide to creating Elizabethan costumes for theatre and film productions
Helen Q. Huang, Emily Hoem, Kelsey Hunt
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