1st Edition

Draping Period Costumes: Classical Greek to Victorian

By Sharon Sobel Copyright 2013

    Draping Period Costumes provides you with the skill set you need to break away from two-dimensional patterns to drape three dimensional costumes. The basics of draping are explained in precise detail, followed by step-by-step draping projects from multiple historical periods. Packed with photographs that illustrate every seam, pleat, and tuck, you’ll never be lost with this comprehensive guide.

    -Includes information on measurements, necessary tools, and basic rules of draping
    -Covers costumes for both men and women
    - Discusses appropriate period under garments and fabric choices

    Let expert draper Sharon Sobel teach you all you need to know to perfectly drape any period costume!

    Introduction Overview and objectives
    Chapter 1 Getting Started
    Chapter 2 Early, Unstructured Garments
    Chapter 3 Cut and shaped to fit
    Chapter 4 The Height of Artificial Silhouette
    Chapter 5 The Men return to softness. 
    Chapter 6 .while the women remain tightly laced
    Chapter 7 The introduction of tailoring to the man's costume
    Chapter 8 Variety of fit in the 18th century woman's costume 
    Chapter 9 Neoclassical elegance
    Chapter 10 Revolutionary menswear
    Chapter 11 Romantic womenswear
    Chapter 12 The Victorian gentleman
    Chapter 13 The Victorian lady 
    Chapter 14 Skirts


    Sharon Sobel is Professor of Theatre and Costume Designer at University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has designed and/or draped costumes for over 100 productions at her home institutions as well as at The Bermuda Festival, The Juilliard School, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Long Island Stage, New York International Fringe Festival, Queens Theatre in the Park, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Asolo Center for Performing Arts, Sarasota Opera, The Alley Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre, Opera Omaha, Nebraska Repertory Theatre and Nebraska Shakespeare Festival. She has also designed and draped costumes for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College. Professor Sobel is a member of United Scenic Artists of America and recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Gold Medallion.