Costume Craftwork on a Budget : Clothing, 3-D Makeup, Wigs, Millinery & Accessories book cover
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Costume Craftwork on a Budget
Clothing, 3-D Makeup, Wigs, Millinery & Accessories

ISBN 9781138212749
Published June 17, 2019 by Routledge
428 Pages 578 Color & 139 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Costume Craftwork on a Budget demonstrates how to use inexpensive materials to create durable costumes and props in a short amount of time. Fully illustrated step-by-step instructions teach readers how to use 3-D makeup and create teeth, wigs, masks, hats, nonhuman costumes, leather products, and other accessories.

This new edition features updated introductions for each chapter and project, expanded chapters on 3-D Makeup, Wigs, Masks, Headdresses, and Animal Costumes, and projects from shows such as Shrek the Musical (latex ears), Orphie & the Book of Heroes (headdresses), and Side Show (a lizard costume). From creating armor out of laundry baskets to detailed tricks for creating a witch’s prosthetic nose, this book equips aspiring costume designers with the techniques needed to produce costumes and props that are beautiful, economical, and safe.

Table of Contents

SECTION 1. 3-D MAKEUP, TEETH, WIGS, AND BEARDS  Chapter 1. 3-D Makeup  Chapter 2. Teeth  Chapter 3. Wigs  Chapter 4. Beards  SECTION 2. MASKS  Chapter 5. Rubber Masks  Chapter 6. Varaform and Wonderflex Masks  Chapter 7. Mixed-Materials Masks  SECTION 3. HATS AND HEADDRESSES  Chapter 8. Variety Hats  Chapter 9. Straw and Horsehair Hats  Chapter 10. Crowns  Chapter 11. Turbans and Hoods  Chapter 12. Headdresses  SECTION 4. ANIMAL HEADDRESSES AND NONHUMAN COSTUMES  Chapter 13. Rubber Outfit  Chapter 14. Fabric Outfits  Chapter 15. Wired-framed Headdresses  Chapter 16. Foam Headdresses and Costumes  SECTION 5. ARMOR  Chapter 17. War Helmets from Household Items  Chapter 18. Body Armor  SECTION 6. LEATHER PRODUCTS  Chapter 19. Suede Leather Shoes and Boots  Chapter 20. Leather Apron and Jacket  SECTION 7. ACCESSORIES  Chapter 21. Jewelry and Mittens  SECTION 8. CHANGING CHEAP CLOTHING INTO ELEGANT GARMENTS  Chapter 22. Altering Women’s Dresses  Chapter 23. Altering Men’s Jackets  SECTION 9. MAKING NEW GARMENTS OLD  Chapter 24. Aging and Distressing Costumes  SECTION 10. SOURCES AND SAFETY  Chapter 25. Supply Sources and Safety Tips

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Tan Huaixiang is a Professor in Costume & Makeup Design and Technology in the Theatre department of the School of Performing Arts at University of Central Florida. She holds an M.F.A. in Costume Design from Utah State University and a B.F.A. from the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, China. Tan is a member of United Scenic Artists, local 829. Her third edition of Character Costume Figure Drawing was published by Routledge in 2018.


Praise for the first edition:


"Tan Huaixiang is a truly gifted artist; in this book she guides us through many complex theatrical projects that are inspiring, clever, and budget sensible. Her many samples offer excellent tips regarding the use of materials and her choice of graphics illustrates processes clearly. She has created something truly versatile. This book can be used as a textbook in a stagecraft class and it can also be a beautiful reference book in a designer/technician’s library. This is a must for all costume designers and technicians."

Rafael Jaen, author of Show Case and Digital Costume Design and Collaboration


"This book is an excellent review of unique and economical approaches to common costume technology issues with stunning visuals. It is a cookbook of theatrical craftwork."

Linda Pisano, Professor of Costume Design at Indiana University, Department of Theatre and Drama