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Costume Craftwork on a Budget by Tan Huaixiang

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Chapter 16 Foam Headdresses and Costumes

Foam can be found at any fabric store. It is lightweight, fluffy and voluminous, easy and fast to work with, and effective on stage. I have experimented with foam when making several headdresses and costumes that I designed. Foam is one of my favorite materials for making theatrical costumes and crafts.

MAKING HORSE HEADDRESSES

In Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother magically creates a pumpkin carriage pulled by four horses to take Cinderella to the ball to meet the Prince (Figure 16-1). Four actors played the horses and also the guests who danced at the ball. When the clock struck midnight in the ball scene, the four actors had to quickly become horses and take Cinderella home. The solution was to have the ...

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