Book description

Unbuttoned: The Art and Artists of Theatrical Costume Design documents the creative journey of costume creation from concept to performance. Each chapter provides an overview of the process, including designing and shopping; draping, cutting, dyeing, and painting; and beading, sewing, and creating embellishments and accessories. This book features interviews with practitioners from Broadway and regional theatres to opera and ballet companies, offering valuable insights into the costume design profession. Exceptional behind-the-scenes photography illustrates top costume designers and craftspeople at work, along with gorgeous costumes in progress.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Biographies
  8. Introduction
  9. Chapter 1 Design
    1. Creating the Vision
    2. The Bold Colorist—Richard Hudson
    3. A Passion for Collaboration—Julie Scobeltzine
    4. Revealing Characters—Fabio Toblini
    5. Continually Exploring—David C. Woolard
    6. Bringing It All Together—Alain Germain
  10. Chapter 2 Sourcing Materials
    1. Filling in the Outlines
    2. Supporting the Design—Shopper Sarah Bahr
    3. A Library of Textiles—Eduardo Madrid At B&J Fabrics
    4. Supplying the Choices—Purchasing Manager Tim Blacker
  11. Chapter 3 Draping and Cutting
    1. Sculpting the Shape
    2. Costume Architect—Kjersten Lester-Moratzka
    3. Transforming Bodies—Triffin Morris
    4. Translating the Sketch—David Arevalo
  12. Chapter 4 Fabric Embellishment
    1. Creating a Custom Surface
    2. Lizards and Cats—Painter Parmelee Tolkan
    3. From Traditional to Digital—Painter-Dyer Caroline Dignes
    4. Sparkle and Texture—Bead Manager Polly Isham Kinney
  13. Chapter 5 Construction
    1. Building the Garment
    2. Couture and Stage—Costumer Quentin Desfray
    3. A Love of Sewing—Stitcher Louisa Williams
    4. Part of the Process—First Hand Ashley Rigg
  14. Chapter 6 Crafts and Millinery
    1. Creating Accessories
    2. Testing the Molds—Milliner Arnold Levine
    3. Drilling and Melting—The Crafts Department At Parsons-Meares, Ltd.
    4. Hats, Headdresses, and Helmets—Milliner Deborah Nash
    5. Leather as a Medium—Craftsman Yann Boulet
    6. Building Masks, Building Relationships—Craftsman Brian Russman
  15. Chapter 7 Wigs and Hair
    1. Finishing the Look
    2. Rotating Repertory—David Zimmerman
    3. The Danger of Live Performance—Christine “Micki” Chomicki
    4. Finding the Context—Heather Fleming
  16. Chapter 8 Putting It All Together
    1. Creating a Character

Product information

  • Title: Unbuttoned
  • Author(s): Shura Pollatsek
  • Release date: July 2016
  • Publisher(s): Routledge
  • ISBN: 9781317420071