Stage Costuming: Illustrated by the Author

Stage Costuming: Illustrated by the Author

Stage Costuming: Illustrated by the Author

Stage Costuming: Illustrated by the Author

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WHAT COSTUME DOES FOR THE PLAY--INTERPRETING CHARACTER--EXPRESSING MOOD--CREATING ATMOSPHERE.

THE actor is the person he represents by virtue of looking the part. Appearance and personality are always associated, and the spectator attributes to the actor traits of character in keeping with his appearance. The success of this visual impression is the justification of the whole art of costume.

When the curtain rises, the spectator's first impression is of the costumes, before his eye takes in the set or his mind registers the meaning of the lines. And throughout the action the costumes contribute to his . . .

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