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Overview

A substantive exploration of theatrical costume
 
Stage costumes reveal character. They tell audiences who the character is or how a character functions within the world of the play, among other things. Theatrical costuming, however, along with other forms of theatre design, has often been considered merely a craft, rather than part of the deeply systemic creation of meaning onstage. In what ways do our clothes shape and reveal our habits of behavior? How do stage costumes work to reveal one kind of habit via the manipulation of another? How might theatre practitioners learn to most effectively exploit this dynamic? Theatre Symposium, Volume 26 analyzes the ways in which meaning is conveyed through costuming for the stage and explores the underlying assumptions embedded in theatrical practice and costume production.

THEATRE SYMPOSIUM, VOLUME 26

MICHELE MAJER
Plus que Reine: The Napoleonic Revival in Belle Epoque Theatre and Fashion

CAITLIN QUINN
Creating a Realistic Rendering Pedagogy: The Fashion Illustration Problem

ALY RENEE AMIDEI
Where'd I Put My Character?: The Costume Character Body and Essential Costuming for the Ensemble Actor

KYLA KAZUSCHYK
Embracing the Chaos: Creating Costumes for Devised Work

DAVID S. THOMPSON
Dressing the Image: Costumes in Printed Theatrical Advertising

LEAH LOWE
Costuming the Audience: Gentility, Consumption, and the Lady’s Theatre Hat in Gilded Age America

JORGE SANDOVAL
The RuPaul Effect: The Exploration of the Costuming Rituals of Drag Culture in Social Media and the Theatrical Performativity of the Male Body in the Ambit of the Everyday

GREGORY S. CARR
A Brand New Day on Broadway: The Genius of Geoffrey Holder’s Artistry and His Intentional Evocation of the African Diaspora

ANDREW GIBB
On the [Historical] Sublime: J. R. Planché’s King John and the Romantic Ideal of the Past

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817370138
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Series: Theatre Symposium Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Sarah McCarroll is an associate professor of theatre at Georgia Southern University, where she also serves as resident designer and costume shop manager for the theatre and performance program. Her published scholarship has appeared in Theatre Symposium and in Theatre, Performance and Cognition: Languages, Bodies and Ecologies. She has also worked professionally at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Sarah McCarroll

Chapter 1: Plus que Reine: The Napoleonic Revival in Belle Epoque Theatre and Fashion by Michele Majer

Chapter 2: Creating a Realistic Rendering Pedagogy: The Fashion Illustration Problem by Caitlin Quinn

Chapter 3: Where'd I Put My Character?: The Costume Character Body and Essential Costuming for the Ensemble Actor by Aly Renee Amidei

Chapter 4: Embracing the Chaos: Creating Costumes for Devised Work by Kyla Kazuschyk

Chapter 5: Dressing the Image: Costumes in Printed Theatrical Advertising by David S. Thompson

Chapter 6: Costuming the Audience: Gentility, Consumption, and the Lady’s Theatre Hat in Gilded Age America by Leah Lowe

Chapter 7: The RuPaul Effect: The Exploration of the Costuming Rituals of Drag Culture in Social Media and the Theatrical Performativity of the Male Body in the Ambit of the Everyday by Jorge Sandoval

Chapter 8: A Brand New Day on Broadway: The Genius of Geoffrey Holder’s Artistry and His Intentional Evocation of the African Diaspora by Gregory S. Carr

Chapter 9: “On the [Historical] Sublime”: J. R. Planché’s King John and the Romantic Ideal of the Past by Andrew Gibb

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