Costume Craftwork on a Budget: Clothing, 3-D Makeup, Wigs, Millinery & Accessories, 2nd Edition (Hardback) book cover

Costume Craftwork on a Budget

Clothing, 3-D Makeup, Wigs, Millinery & Accessories, 2nd Edition

By Tan Huaixiang


408 pages | 578 Color Illus. | 139 B/W Illus.

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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.


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

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

About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General