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Costume Design 101: 2nd Edition: The Business and Art of Creating Costumes for Film and Television (Costume Design 101: The Business & Art of Creating) [Paperback]

Richard La Motte
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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932907696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932907698
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 15.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 18 Jun 2011
A brilliant book! Gives a fairly comprehensive (and realistic) overview of how costume design for film works. It doesn't tell you how to actually make costumes, but how to go about making them professionally. The book lists all the job descriptions, starting from the most basic and finishing with the designer, and what one is expected to do in each. Removes any romantic notions about the job! Definitely worth reading if that's the career path one wishes to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast postage and good price! 14 July 2014
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Interesting for daughter at Univ. Fast postage and good price !!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Costume Design 101 3 Jan 2013
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This book is full of useful information for students and freelance workers looking to break into the costume industry. As a student of costume it has given me an insight which I would not have otherwise been able to get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Richard LaMotte's Costume Design 101 17 Feb 2010
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Never getting the chance to be involved in a high-budget film production, I didn't know how much effort went into costume design! In Costume Design 101, author Richard La Motte, with over 20 years of experience, walks the reader through the business of costume design involved in production.

The book offers guidance on designing perfect portfolios and resumes, presenting concepts, getting hired, breaking down scripts for costuming requirements, and all the way to budgeting and other specialty jobs in the field.

Costume Design 101 really introduces a plethora of useful information for anyone interested in costuming or any sort of design. Including over 30 costume illustrations, you'll find yourself entranced by the world of costume design. And like me, you may have found yourself a new profession!

Amanda Lynn Porter
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School Video News
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific handbook for the beginning costume designer. 16 Feb 2010
By Lisa - Published on
I read this book knowing very little about costume design. Now I feel I have a good basic understanding of the job of a costume designer. The author covers everything from what sort of materials you need, to how to break down a script, to how to work with the other members of the crew and above all the cast and director. If you're trying to figure out what a costume designer does, exactly, or you're doing costume design on a short film, this is a very helpful handbook.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable tips, tricks, techniques, and gems of advice 13 May 2010
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Now in a newly updated second edition, Costume Design 101 distills the wisdom of industry professional Richard La Motte, who has worked in the field for forty years. The new second edition adds chapters on personal marketing and breaking into the business of costume design for film and television, all of which is "need-to-know" information for anyone serious about turning their love of costumes into a career. From conducting interviews and making costume presentations, to breaking down scripts for requirements, hiring and running costume departments, working with rental companies, running on-set production, staying within a budget, and much more, Costume Design 101 spells out business basics in plain terms. An absolute "must-have" for aspiring industry professionals, and even veterans in the business are likely to find valuable tips, tricks, techniques, and gems of advice within.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile...and Richard La Motte 8 July 2012
By Christina Hamlett - Published on
Back in the days when I ran a touring theater company, one of my closest friends was my costume designer, Richard Arlen Crane. Dick and I had met in the early 70's when we were cast in a musical production called Young Abe Lincoln. "If you ever start your own troupe," he told me, "I'll make all the costumes for you for free." His only proviso was that I write fun roles for him and that none would ever require him to reprise the part for which he was physically the best suited: the 16th President. (Not only did I honor this promise but in Exit Grand Balcony, I let him play John Wilkes Booth.)

Dick was obsessive about historic accuracy in his costume designs, though some of his modern improvisations to create a particular effect were often enough to raise eyebrows. "You might want to be careful bending at the waist," he once warned about a breathtaking Louis XIV gown he'd made for me. "I used hacksaw blades in the bodice..." Whether or not this was true, I was smart enough not to ask. Costume designers - like piano players - are the people you least want to offend in live theater because of the subtle tricks they can play on you like leaving straight pins in awkward places or transposing all your songs to a different key.

It was also assumed that I wrote the plays and then gave Dick instructions on how to dress the cast. Quite often, however, Dick would call to tell me he had just purchased several bolts of brocade, satin and chiffon. "You should write the next play about a sultan and his harem," he'd tell me. And so I did.

I share all of this in preface to my glowing 5-star review of Hollywood designer Richard La Motte's entertaining and insightful collection of "been there/done that" stories for his book, "Costume Design 101." As I immersed myself in La Motte's conversational remembrances of iconic stars, popular movies and budget challenges, there was a common thread that made me smile and think, "Dick would really have loved this book." Even after a first read-through, this text would likely have a plethora of yellow highlights, dog-eared pages and copious margin notes.

And that, truly, is quite possibly the highest praise I can give a behind-the-scenes book about what it really takes to "dress the part." Whether you're seeking a career in the wardrobe department of a Hollywood studio or just want to have a deeper appreciation of all of the decisions that go into planning colors, styles and fabrics, this is a must-have resource for your shelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must have !! 21 Oct 2011
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I have done an internship on a movie production and this book truly states everything I have learned and more. It is a must for anyone looking to have a thorough idea of what to expect on the job. Love it !!
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