Beijing Opera Costumes: The Visual Communication of Character and Culture

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University of Hawaii Press, 2008 - 350 էջ
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Beijing Opera Costumes is the first in-depth English-language book focused exclusively on the costumes of Jingju, the highest form of stage arts in China. This comprehensive volume provides both theory and analysis of the costumes and the method of their selection for the roles as well as technical information on embroidery, patterns, and construction. Extensive descriptions illuminate the use of colors and surface images derived from historical dress and modified for the stage. Details on makeup, hairstyles, and dressing techniques present a complete view of the Jingju performer from head to toe. Meticulously researched in Taipei and Beijing, this definitive work begins with an outline of the rich and complex history of Beijing opera and significant developments in design over the past millennium. Chapters on costume theory and design elements and their modification to create a wide variety of images are followed by presentations of individual costumes together with their historical background and use of color and pattern. A survey of the accessories and headdresses, makeup and hairstyles, accompanies the discussion of each costume. The intricacies of choosing costumes for a production and dressing actors are also discussed. Lavishly illustrated with more than 250 color and black-and-white photographs and pattern drafts, Beijing Opera Costumes is an indispensable record of and resource for Jingju as it is performed in China today. Textile artists will appreciate the beauty of the colors and designs as well as the information on embroidery techniques and symbolism of the images. China scholars will value the contextual analysis and theater specialists the explication of costumes inrelation to performance. Finally, costume designers will relish the opportunity to examine in detail their art in another cultural setting and theatrical style.
 

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The World of Traditional Jingju
1
The World of Traditional
31
of Costumes
50
Theatrically Based Clothing
57
Patterning and Cut of Costumes
63
The Symbolism and Application
70
The Aesthetics and Meanings
92
The Costume Compendium
113
Longtaoyi Attendant robe
154
Baoyi Lit leopard or embracing clothes
160
The Specific Costumes
173
Ethnic Clothing
181
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203
Costume Plots
243
Costume Pattern Drafts
299
Dictionary ofJingju
315

Qimang Manchu court robe
122
Nükao Female armor
131
Nüxuezi Female informal robe
140
Guanyi Official robe
147
Glossary
323
List of Performances
337
Index
345
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Alexandra B. Bonds is professor of costume design at the University of Oregon.

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