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Period Reproduction Buckram Hats

The Costumer’s Guide, 1st Edition

By Crystal G. Herman


230 pages | 354 Color Illus.

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Whether you’re in a professional or a community theatre, part of a historical re-enactment, or teaching costume construction, a well-made hat provides a much-needed finishing touch to a costume. Period Reproduction Buckram Hats: The Costumer’s Guidebook is your one-stop resource for learning how to recreate historically accurate buckram hats. Each chapter is devoted to the construction of a particular hat, beginning with a historical image and followed by an list of the exact amount of fabric, tools, and materials needed and the estimated time to complete the construction. Every chapter contains a brief historical background on each hat, a pattern, step-by-step instructions, process photographs, and ideas for altering the pattern to fit your unique production. This book not only provides instruction for the exacting reproduction of historic hats, but it also guides and encourages you to alter patterns and techniques to create your own designs. The final chapters outline general millinery principles that can be applied to almost any hat, allowing you to customize your project.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Taking Accurate Head Measurements
  3. General Patterning Techniques
  4. Deshret
  5. Steeple Hennin
  6. Truncated Hennin
  7. Capotain
  8. Bergere
  9. Gainsborogh
  10. Poke Bonnet
  11. Mad Hatter
  12. Top Hat
  13. Romantic Bonnet
  14. Coal Scuttle
  15. Toque
  16. Pill Box
  17. Hand Stitches
  18. Covering and Trimming Techniques
  19. Altering and Using Feathers
  20. Methods of Securing a Hat

About the Author

Crystal G. Herman has been the Assistant Professor of Theatrical Costume Design at the University of Texas at El Paso since 2008. She received her MFA in Costume Design from The Ohio State University. She has designed costumes professionally for nationally recognized theatres such as the Utah Festival Opera Company and the Weston Playhouse in Vermont. Over the past twelve years Crystal has designed and constructed costumes for a variety of other theatres in the Southwest. Her research and teaching concentrate on costume design, costume rendering, costume history, millinery, and costume crafts.

About the Series

The Focal Press Costume Topics Series

Costumes are one of the most important aspects of any production. They are essential tools that create a new reality for both the actor and audience member, which is why you want them to look flawless! Luckily, we're here to help with The Focal Press Costume Topics Series; offering books that expalin how to design, construct, and accesorize costumes from a variety of genres and time periods. Step-by-step projects ensure you never get lost or lose inspiration for your design. Let us lend you a hand (or a needle or a comb) with your next costume endeavor!

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Subject Categories

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