The Body Underneath: A Method of Costume Design

by Stamoolis, Leslie Anne

Abstract (Summary)
A survey of costume design texts currently available to designers revealed that the research-based, scholarly design methods that experienced designers use have not been theorized or written down. Therefore, this thesis seeks to begin to theorize one potential scholarly method of costume design – studying the body to be costumed to understand why it is then clothed as it is – using the tools of theatre semiotics, cultural, anthropological, and historiographical studies, and traditional elements of costume design. Through the apparatus of designing and building costumes for The Conversion of Ka’ahumanu by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, the method is explored as a way to design an intercultural play: a script that makes the meeting of cultures its main plot, and whose cultures may not be readily known by, and different from, those of the audience. The thesis concludes with implications for further research and goals of the author for the continuation of work.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:the conversion of ka ahumanu victoria nalani kneubuhl costume design hawai i congregational church missionaries female body intercultural theatre 19th century new england women hawaiian


Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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