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Theater: Costume & Set Design

Costume Resources

Theatrical Makeup

Books for Visual Inspiration

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Use UP Library Search to find books, streaming videos, online resources, journal articles, and much more (Search Tips). Need help? See handouts for Finding Books on the Shelf and Requesting Clark Library and Summit Items online.

Image Resources for Visual Inspiration

Historic Advertisements for Visual Inspiration

Magazines for Visual Inspiration

Book Searching Tips

Try searching for:

  • costume history
  • clothing history

Tips for searching by time period:

  • Search by century; use numbers (19th century) instead of words: (nineteenth century)
  • Search by the name for your time period (Elizabethan, Victorian, Restoration, etc)

Try adding the following words to your search to find books that include images:

  • Pictorial
  • Photograph*
  • Illustration*

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