1st Edition

Creating the Character Costume
Tools, Tips, and Talks with Top Costumers and Cosplayers

ISBN 9781138816114
Published December 22, 2016 by Routledge
248 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

Many beginning and hobbyist costumers believe that professional costume/prop builders have unlimited and specialized resources with which to ply their craft. Actually, the pros create things in much the same way that hobbyists do, working as resourcefully and creatively as possible with a limited budget. Creating the Character Costume dives into these methods to showcase how to achieve expert looks with limited means and lots of creativity. Part One explores tools, materials, and construction methods.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Creating Your Character Costume

  1. Pre-Production—What to know before you begin building your costume (including tools of the trade)
  2. Patterns and pattern-making
  3. Accessories—hats, shoes, jewellery, headdresses
  4. Basic make-up techniques
  5. Wigs and hairpieces
  6. Costume props
  7. Masks and creature costumes
  8. Part II: Tips and Tricks from Costumers and Cosplayers

  9. Featured Costumer 1—Cheralyn Lambeth
  10. Featured Costumer 2
  11. Featured Costumer 3
  12. Featured Costumer 4
  13. Featured Costumer 5
  14. Featured Costumer 6
  15. Featured Costumer 7
  16. Featured Costumer 8
  17. Featured Costumer 9
  18. Featured Costumer 10
  19. Feature Costumer 11
  20. Featured Costumer 12

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Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work has been featured on TV, film and on tour, including Sesame Street Live, The Net, Dinosaurs!, The Muppet Christmas Carol, the Star Trek Earth Tour, Titanic: The Movie on Tour, and Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton. Most recently, she has done costuming work for a photo shoot for the film The Hunger Games, on the Showtime television series "Homeland", and with a touring production of Avenue Q.