Thesis Title

A Creative Project in Costume Design: a Midsummer Night's Dream

Date of Graduation

Spring 1999


Master of Arts


Theatre and Dance

Committee Chair

Cynthia Winstead

Subject Categories

Theatre and Performance Studies


The purpose of this thesis is to explore the costume design process of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, produced by Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. This study examines the design process from the novice costume designer's point of view. It gives details on the rudiments of costume design as applied to this project, the character analysis, the historical clothing styles, the effects of the director's vision on the design process, and the compromises resulting from budgetary restraints. This thesis concludes with a summary of personal and outside observations of the production including suggestings for improvements.


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