This wonderfully practical book literally shows you how to make costumes for plays, pageants and musicals at the lowest possible expense Over 150 detailed illustrations work with the easy-to-follow text to walk you through every step of the process. Just about every basic period is covered: Biblical to Medieval, Renaissance, Angels, The Fabulous Fifties, 1800s to World War I, The Roaring Twenties and more. Many helpful hints on making or buying realistic period theatrical costumes on a shoestring budget from cast-offs, donations, scraps and other easily-obtained materials. Also included are "special effects" costumes, helpful hints for getting into and out of costumes, and a glossary of costuming terms. A book that will pay for itself with its first use. Contents: Resources: Where Do I Start?, Period Costumes, Who Was That Masked Man?, Undemeath it All, Helpful Hints and Useful Information, The Play's the Thing, Epilogue: Behind the Scenes, Glossary.