I n this comprehensive and beautifully illustrated volume, accomplished costume designer Deirdre Clancy draws from over-40 years of experience to show how to design costume for stage and screen. All budgets and practicalities are considered, so whether you are a student, or a designer for the stage or screen, this book has advice from one of the best in the business.

The entire design process is explained, with drawings and tips throughout—starting with how you go about researching and designing, to communicating with the audience, designing on paper and with Photoshop or on an iPad, and how best to share your ideas. All the different strands of costume design—from period costume through to contemporary clothes—are covered with authenticity and feasibility in mind, so that the final costume is the perfect fit for the actor’s role.

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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.

A necessary addition to any library: private or public.