1st Edition

Elizabethan Costume Design and Construction

By Helen Huang, Emily Hoem, Kelsey Hunt Copyright 2015
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    Learn how to create historically accurate costumes for Elizabethan period productions with Elizabethan Costume Design and Construction! Extensive coverage of a variety of costumes for both men and women of all social classes will allow you to be prepared for any costuming need, and step-by-step instructions will ensure you have the know-how to design and construct your garments. Get inspired by stunning, hand-drawn renderings of costumes used in real life productions like Mary Stuart as you’re led through the design process. Detailed instructions will allow you to bring your designs to life and create a meticulously constructed costume.

    Table of Contents

    Part I: The Design Process


    Chapter 1: Collaboration and Initial Conversations

    Chapter 2: Collecting & Working with Research

    Chapter 3: The Costume Sketch

    Chapter 4: Fabric Selection

    Chapter 5: Developing the Design Through Fittings

    Part II: Construction


    Chapter 6: Construction Basics

    Chapter 7: The Female Bodice

    Chapter 8: The Female Sleeve

    Chapter 9: The Skirt Basque & Skirt

    Chapter 10: Female Undergarments & Accessories

    Chapter 11: The Male Doublet

    Chapter 12: The Male Sleeves

    Chapter 13: The Male Breeches


    Helen Q. Huang is an award-winning costume designer who has worked in theatres throughout the United States. The recipient of both the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Costume Design and the Ivey Awards, she is also a professor of the MFA Costume Design Program in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Study at the University of Maryland, College Park.

    Emily Hoem is an Instructor of advanced sewing, tailoring, and patternmaking at the University of Maryland and the Tailor/Draper for the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. She also does freelance tailoring and draping for many theatres in the DC Metro area, including Wolf Trap Opera Company, Washington Ballet, Signature Theatre, Folger Theatre, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

    Kelsey Hunt is a freelance costume designer based in the DC Metro area. Her work may be seen at Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Theatre J, The Maryland Opera Studio, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and Triad Stage. Kelsey served for six seasons as Resident Costume Designer at Triad Stage and is a two-time recipient of the Marian A. Smith Award.