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Costume Craftwork on a Budget by Tan Huaixiang

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SECTION FIVE Armor

Ten sets of armor were needed for the musical production Pippin presented at the University of Central Florida Conservatory Theatre. One of them was borrowed from the Orlando Shakespeare Festival (many thanks to them) and the other nine sets of armor had to be built. We needed a fast and easy way to construct the vast amount of armor needed for the production. In addition, the armor had to be beautiful as well as flexible so as to not restrict the actors when they danced. The final products were fantastic and effective on stage.

The concepts for the costume design were simplicity, symbolism, and style. Mesh was the theme for the costume design in the show. The main character, Pippin, searches for extraordinary meaning in his ...

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