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Performing Arts - Production Role Resources: Costumes & Makeup
American Theatre Wing 2013. In the Wings: Angelina Avallone Make Up Designer. Online video, 30 October 2013. Duration: 7 minutes.
Provides a very good overview of a makeup designers role - the researcher they undertake to create a design, and how they collaborate with the actors and other theatre roles.
American Theatre Wing 2016. Working in the theatre: Makeup. Online video, 4 August 2016. Duration: 20 min.
Documentary of two Broadway make-up artists who discuss their makeup career, how they make up is used to develop a character, and how makeup is maintained during a performance - particularly when a character requires multiple makeup changes.
Video tutorials on using different silicone products and techniques to create a rage of gory effects including zombie prosthetics, burns, wounds (with or without debris), bullet holes and even a slit throat!
Use the Vintage Hair and Makeup menu for inspiration and instructions (e.g. style and colour palette for the different makeup elements) for recreating looks from a particular decade.
Playbill 2018. Watch this Broadway makeup designer recreate the faces of 6 iconic characters. Online video, 3 October 2018. Duration: 14 min.
The characters are probably not that iconic as the title suggests, but they can serve as a tutorial on how to achieve a number of different makeup looks, with valuable professional tips and techniques.
A teacher's guide for costume design - how costumes tell a story and create a character, work within the composition of a scene, define a period in history and express culture and identity. Includes student activities. Uses film as example, but equally applicable to the stage.
Detailed (honors) essay on costuming, including the research process, concept, time period and character traits, sketches and construction, working with cast and crew and how costume communicates with the audience.
Article which focuses on the logistics of backstage costume changes, thoughtful costume design to facilitate costume layering and changes, and the need to consider costume requirements from the very start of the production process.
Objectives, tools and process of costume design. Some aspects of makeup are also covered.
Working in Costume and Wardrobe
Center Theatre Group 2016. Working in theatre: costume designer. Online video, 3 November 2016. Duration: 3 mins.
A day in the life of a costume designer - what they do and the skills they need.
American Theatre Wing 2018. Working in the theatre: wardrobe. Online video, 25 October 2018. Duration: 28 min.
A fascinating look at the behind the scenes roles and activities involved in ensuring the flawless presentation of characters night after night.
American Theatre Wing 2014. Classic clips: "Mary Poppins" costume quick change. Online video, 20 March 2014. Duration: 2 mins.
Books from the Library - Costume
The Library has many costume and fashion sourcebooks for different decades, eras and centuries to help you define the "look" for a play's time setting. If you are browsing the non-fiction shelves for inspiration, outside the staging theatre area (792) have a look at the following call numbers:
391 - Costume & accessories for different time periods, groups of people, occasions