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1st Edition

The Art and Practice of Costume Design

Edited By

Melissa Merz

ISBN 9781138828414
Published September 1, 2016 by Routledge
310 Pages

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Book Description

In The Art and Practice of Costume Design, a panel of seven designers offer a new multi-sided look at the current state and practice of theatrical costume design. Beginning with an exploration of the role of a Costume Designer, the subsequent chapters analyse and explore the psychology of dress, the principles and elements of design, how to create costume renderings, and collaboration within the production. The book also takes a look at the costume shop and the role of the designer within it, and costume design careers within theatrical and fashion industries.

Table of Contents



Introduction: What is Costume Design?

Chapter 1: The Magic of Costume Design by Melissa L. Merz

Chapter 2: Identifying Character through Clothing by Melissa L. Merz

Chapter 3: Costume & Character: The Elements and Principles of Design in the Creation of Sculptures in Motion by Leticia M. Delgado

Chapter 4: Costume Rendering by Steven Stines

Chapter 5: Costume Collaboration by Linda Pisano

Chapter 6: In the Costume Shop by Heather Milam

Chapter 7: Costume Design Training: Creating in Other Contexts by Esther Van Eek

Chapter 8: Show Business: No One Calls it "Show Art" by Holly Poe Durbin


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Melissa Merz is the Costume Designer at Texas Tech University. She has an MFA in Design from the University of Arizona and a BFA in Design from Texas State University. She has designed over 100 productions of theatre and dance and especially enjoys working on original plays. She feels fortunate to design in several states including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, and Vermont. She has been an active member of USITT and sponsors the TTU student chapter. As an advocate of the arts, she encourages growth and education in all areas of art for all ages.

Festival, Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, and Bass Hall.