Designing Costume for Stage and Screen
Deirdre Clancy


224 Pages
7x10 Paper
Glossary, Index
Color & B&W Illustrations
Costume & Fashion Press / QSM

Deirdre Clancy is one of the most experienced and accomplished costume designers in the business. In this book, she gives her inside knowledge of designing for stage and screen, which includes television, film, theatre, and opera. She includes a brief illustrated history of costume design – from the Greeks to Lady Gaga – an invaluable guide for students and current designers.

Part Two takes the reader through the design process: how you go about doing it, and the different strands of costume design – from contemporary clothes through to period costume, how to communicate with the audience, designing on paper and with Photoshop or on an iPad and how to share and communicate your ideas and well as mood boards and collages for inspiration. Part Three is about the world of costume design – what it involves and how to get into the field, who does what and the differences between working for stage and screen productions. Clancy advises on budgets and improvisation and covers all the practicalities and behind-the-scenes tips. Part Four looks at period costume from the Dark Ages up to the 20th century, encompassing authenticity and feasibility. Finally, Part Five looks at individual case studies in depth, including opera and Shakespeare productions.

Packed with great drawings and case studies, this is an essential book for any student or professional costume designer looking for additional inside advice. Whether you are a designer for the stage or screen, this book has something new for you with advice from one of the best in the business.

About Deirdre Clancy

Holder of the two highest honours in British drama, the Olivier Award for Best Stage Costume Design and the BAFTA Award for Best Film Costume Design, Deirdre Clancy has played a key role in the development of modern theater.

She has designed costume for theater, television, opera, ballet, and film and has worked on over 140 productions in Europe, the USA, Japan, and Australia.She has designed for 18 productions at The Royal National Theatre, including the inaugural production of the present building in the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth, and worked with many major directors including Adrian Noble in his inaugural production as artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Among Clancy’s many successes are costumes for Kiri Te Kanawa in Cosí Fan Tutte at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Ian McKellen in Wild Honey at the National Theatre and subsequent major U.S. tour, Glenda Jackson in Strange Interlude in the West End and on Broadway. Clancy’s production design for A Doll’s House assisted Janet McTeer to win Best Actress in both the Olivier & Tony awards.

She won a BAFTA Best Film Costume Award for Mrs Brown (1996) featuring Dame Judi Dench and Billy Connolly in 1996. In 2000 the University of Central England honoured her with a doctorate.

“She is the most wonderfully inventive and brilliantly talented designer”
—Dame Judi Dench about Deirdre Clancy.

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