Costume Design for Performance offers a detailed insight into the creative process behind designing costumes for the performing arts, including theatre, opera, dance and film. Guiding the reader through the essential steps of the designing process, Bettina John combines extensive knowledge of the industry with insights gleaned from leading experts in the performing arts. Featuring over 200 original artworks by more than thirty designers, this book gives a rare insight into this highly individual and creative process. Topics covered include script analysis; in-depth research techniques; practical techniques to explore design; basic drawing techniques; character development; the role of the costume designer and wider team and finally, advice on portfolio presentation.
Bettina John is an international set and costume designer for theatre, opera, dance and music. Originating from Germany, she graduated from a fashion design degree in 2007, followed by a Master’s degree in 2018. She has worked with a wide range of interdisciplinary performers, giving her a unique approach to design and a specialty for developing work at the intersection of the visual and performing arts, often outside the boundaries of the theatre space.
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