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THEA 3523/4553 - Stage Makeup & Costume Design: Getting Started

Costume Design and Stage Makeup


Costume Design and Stage Makeup

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                                                                "Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, 1938"

 Slippers worn by Judy Garland  who portrayed Dorothy in the "Wizard of Oz."

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General Reference Books for Theatre: Costume Design and Makeup


Complete Costume Dictionary   Costume & Fashion                    Greenwood Encyclopedia    

Ref 391.003 L58cc                    Ref 391.00962 C8205ch              Ref 391.009 G856cc         


Historical Encyclopedia             Illustrated History of Fashion               Oxford Companion 

Ref 391.003 R115hi                  741.672 M219ih                                  Ref 792.03 Ox24ctp 


20th Century Fashion

391.00904 P313b


Additional Reference Titles for Theatre: Costume Design and Makeup

Book of Costume  (Kemper)  Ref 391 K323c

Complete History of Fashion and Costume (Cosgrave)  Ref 391.00962 C8205 ch

Costume Reference (Sichel)  Ref 391.00941 Si12c

Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion  Ref 391.003 En194cf

Evolution of Fashion 391.009 H554

Handbook of Stage Costume  Ref  792.026 B4733 hs

History of Costume (Kohler) Ref 391.094 K824

In an Influential Fashion :Encyclopedia of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century 391.00922 In11if

Period Style for the Theater  792.02 R 912p

Schirmer Books Theatre Manuals 792.02 Sch34ma

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