The Magic Garment: Principles of Costume Design
The Magic Garment focuses on the creative and practical skills that bring costumes from designer/director conferences to opening night - from styles of visual presentation and the use of fabric and materials, to developing skills in research, conceptualization, interpretation, and organization of budgeting, shopping, and scheduling. It explains how to draw and render costu...more
Paperback, 395 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Waveland Pr Inc
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Stage costuming is all about the visual. The garment allows the actor to "become, for a time, someone else." In that spirit The Magic Garment stresses authenticity, research, presentation, fabric consideration, and all this combined to provide ease of performance. (we can't have our performers restricted unless they are SUPPOSED to be in a tight straightjacket, now can we?) Its all in the concept, interpretation, and fuition of the design. For a look at the inner working of how a cistume all com...more
It's so invaluable to have chats with people who do the work you do or hope to do. It's the only way to get a look into the design process. If nothing else, I think this is why this book is so valuable: the interviews. The next best thing is it's section on film. I think most costume designers make the leap from stage to film, so they are used to the theatre, but not necessarily a movie set. I don't think there are many books on costuming for film, and the insights it has into budget, charts, an...more