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Cutting It in Costume [electronic resource]: Design and Wardrobe Management

Classroom Video (Firm)
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
When a play is performed, all eyes are on the actors-which means the costume department can make or break a production. This program introduces skills and responsibilities essential to theatrical costume design, technology, and management. After outlining the history of stage costuming, the video shows how an actor's attire reveals his or her character, how a designer researches and incorporates period dress styles, and how various fabrics, colors, patterns, and aging effects are used in making costumes. Discussions of presets, quick-changes, and an actor's backstage needs help students understand the wardrobe supervisor's challenges. Costume professionals from London's National Theatre add their expertise.
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Run Time
25 min.
8 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on July 02, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Design and Wardrobe Management
Treading the Boards: Theater Fundamentals
Treading the boards
  • History of Dressing Up (4:08)
  • Costume Facts (2:38)
  • Costume Design: Raw Materials (4:49)
  • Costume Design for Performance (5:10)
  • Costume/Wardrobe Department (6:03)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2009.
Publisher no.
  • 41997s Films Media Group
  • 42000 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (25 min.) : sd., col., digital file. + instructional materials (online)
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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