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Period Costume for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Women's Dress, 1800-1909 Hardcover – June 1, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0887346095 ISBN-10: 088734609X

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Players Press (June 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088734609X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887346095
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jean Hunnisett is the finest costume construction mistress in the world. --Katherine Hepburn

About the Author

Jean Hunnisett has a lifetime's experience of professional costume making, including work for the Old Vic, Sadlers Wells, Royal Opera and Ballet, Royal Opera House-Covent Garden, the English National Opera, Washington Ballet, Houston Opera, Zurich Ballet, Australian Ballet and as Principle Cutter for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. She has worked for BBC Television on over fifty shows: 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII', 'Elizabeth R', 'Emma', 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Ivanhoe', 'Vanity Fare', 'Dr. Who', nine productions of the BBC Shakespeare Series, nine of the BBC Operas, etc. Jean also worked for commercial television companies, on shows such as: 'Edward the VII', 'Ghosts', 'Pygmalion' for Annette Crosby, and Twiggy among others. Her film credits include: 'The Slipper and the Rose', 'Joseph Andrews', 'The Corn is Green', 'For Your Eyes Only' and many more. For productions in London's West End theatre, she has made costume for such artists as Joan Collins, Dame Wendy Hiller, Joan Plowright and Dorothy Tutin. It would take pages to list the theatre, ballet and opera productions she has worked on. Another side of her work was to make parts of costumes for museums such as the Museum of London and Kensington Palace, enabling them to show incomplete treasures. Jean also made costumes for Madam Tussaud's at Warwick Castle and at Windsor Station. She inaugurated and taught period costume cutting at the London College of Fashion and extensively lectured at home and abroad. Her career has put her side by side with a host of famous personalities. Producers, directors, designers, stars of stage and screen, teachers and student all agree that Jean Hunnisett is the Preeminent Lady of Costume Construction.

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This is an excellent book for the THEATRICAL costumer.
fatal_degree
It also contains detailed and illustrated instructions for fitting a bodice.
R. Tibbetts
The illustrations are clear and easy to read instructions.
mandy

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I believe that Jean Hunnisett has some of the best resources available to the modern dressmaker. I have been trying to find ways of making dresses of certain periods and this book takes a person step-by-step through how to make clothing; from corsets to crinolines to the actual dresses themselves. She shows how to make a variety of styles from one pattern and actually has scaled models of the patterns that are needed to make the articles of clothing. The only information that is not provided in the book is how and where to modify the pattern to make is fit someone that does not have her size. But with common sense and a little patience a person can figure it out. This book is a must for any costume designer or even the intrigued dressmaker looking for a challenge
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By fatal_degree on January 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for the THEATRICAL costumer. It has scaled down patterns. Suggestions on how to design for and work with a production director or producer. Recommendations on how to "fake" a look for a period so that it will appear correct AND be easy to get in and out of. Notations on points to consider.... i.e.: is this a stage production where the garment will only be seen at a distance? is this a screen production where certain portions of a garment will be super sized on a movie screen?...those sort of scenarios are played out and hashed over. For the historian, interested in period accuracy, this will probably not be of any practical use. This does however give insight into how to get modern fabrics and trims to look convincing. For the intermediate or advanced seamstress. For the daring beginner who isn't afraid of a challenge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rowan Cota on September 27, 2012
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This volume of Period Costume for Stage and Screen covers the Victorian and Edwardian eras, and the book is much less useful than the one that came out before it. While there are still a variety of patterns there is not nearly as much guidance on how to put them together, correct fabrics and looks, and similar detail. I have, however, used it in conjunction with my copy of Patterns of Fashion to iron out some of the more difficult concepts in that second book. Over all I still recommend it for a completionist's library, but would not recommend it to the beginning sewer at all.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Tibbetts on July 5, 2000
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I found this book educational and stimulating. Perhaps it's best feature was the combination of historical detail with instructions for practical application. The patterns can be a bit confusing, as can some of her terminology. Both of those hurdles can be overcome with a little patience. This is not a book for the beginning costumer, but I was able to utilize it very well at an intermediate level. For anyone interested in stage costuming technique I'd say this book is a must. It also contains detailed and illustrated instructions for fitting a bodice. WaHey!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer D. Hudson on November 5, 2013
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If you are involved in costuming for this era at all - and that includes steampunk - I highly recommend this book. It has photographs, patterns and wonderful descriptions of costumes that are easy to follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karin Buttigieg on October 6, 2013
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Although I am not using this book for stage nor screen, but for a series of dolls clothed in 19th century fashion, it is an invaluable source of information on dress style, design and basic pattern construction for the garments I am making. A good basic understanding of garment construction and dress making would be helpful - this book is not for the beginner dress maker. The book is well laid-out, clear and precise. I own numerous books on fashion of the period, including antique fashion books and this one pulls it all together. Excellent!
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