Costuming a Play: Inter-Theatre Arts Handbook

Costuming a Play: Inter-Theatre Arts Handbook

Costuming a Play: Inter-Theatre Arts Handbook

Costuming a Play: Inter-Theatre Arts Handbook

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The Inter-Theatre Arts Handbook endeavors to give correct and practical information and costume plates as a basis for individual development and artistic variations in the designing and making of costumes. The briefest summary of the history of costumes points out the fact that every kind of costume has come from the tunic, loin cloth and cloak, even the fitted garments are only more complicated developments of these three pieces of wearing apparel.

The designs selected for illustration show the most distinct and characteristic changes in line and silhouette from the early Assyrian and Egyptian to the Civil War period. Each plate also gives designs for the various social castes of the time such as; king, nobleman, middle class, peasant.

The materials and colors in use during each period are described in the separate chapters, where references to books, pictures, sculptures, etc., are also to be found.

There is often a basic pattern for an epoch such as the tunic of the Middle Ages which with slight variations of materials and decorations is correct not only for costumes for that period but for Robin Hood, for a page, a jester, a herald.

Knowledge of this kind helps to simplify the problems of costumes when applied to the stage.

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