Moscow: MKhAT SSSR im. M. Gor’kogo, 1948. Item #866
55 pp.: ill. Tear of p.53-54 (text is not not affected), some scratches of back cover and minor soiling of front cover, otherwise very good and clean copy.
One of 2000 copies. Extremely rare. This late 1940s manual for theatrical costume designers was a kind of manifest where an avant-garde theatre artist Vladimir Miuller (1887-1979) put forward his idea of innovative costumes. He designed theatrical performances as well as movies, in 1939 he started to teach ‘Basics of Stage Design’ in Lunacharsky State Institute for Theatre Arts.
The book is entirely compiled by him. He shows 6 costumes for men and 6 costumes for women with their patterns as well as direction which parts are combined earlier and which pieces of fabric are added later to transform costume to another. In fact, the innovation included not only the easy combinations but not-sewing methods to hold the parts together as well. The book was issued by the first Soviet stage experimental laboratory that an artist Ivan Gremislavskii based at Moscow Art Theater in 1942. This laboratory proposed the most progressive methods in stage and costume design. Since 1943 a school of stage designers was also formed and this manual could be used as a textbook for students.
Worldcat doesn’t track this edition.