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Teaching Costume Design for Independent Thinking and Creating

by Belle Northrup - 1927

COSTUME art, as well as any other art, is the product of both the artist and the craftsman; but unlike most other arts, it includes another element, arresting and at the same time elusive, which is personality. A painter, unhampered by the necessity to be practical, puts upon canvas the thing of beauty which he sees with his inner eye, but the costumer must place his vision of line and color not upon something flat and unresponsive, but upon and around a human figure that already has an outer expression and an inner character which he must try to enhance. When he consummates his art, his costume creation must be an integral part of its wearer's personality. It must speak the same language. Surely no mere craftsman could sympathetically clothe an individual, and no artist's aesthetic appreciation alone could be equal to the undertaking. Along with craft and art must come psychology—an understanding of the effects of form and color and a knowledge of how to make them correspond with personality.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 28 Number 7, 1927, p. 707-722
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 5848, Date Accessed: 11/13/2019 4:22:07 AM

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