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Fascinating Rhythm: Costume Design for Musicals: The Light in the Piazza

This is a research guide for Charles Schoonmaker's Fascinating Rhythm: Costume Design for Musicals (DRA4266.01) class.

ArtStor Examples

Dress, Day

Carolyn Schnurer, American, 1908-1998 (Textile) Dan River Mills, American, (Designer; Manufacturer)

Hat, Day (Panama Hat) 1955

Dobbs, straw and silk

Vogue 1956

"The Red Jersey Coat in 15 Travel Situations"

Dress, Evening "Four Leaf Clover"

Charles James, American, born England, 1906-1978, (Designer)

Mademoiselle 1951

"Travel Fashion"

Gentlemen's Quarterly 1957

Black pork pie hat and a Sindi silk blazer in maroon

Dress, Day "The Rice Bowl Dress" 1952

Carolyn Schnurer, American, 1908-1998 (Textile and Design)

Dress, Evening 1956

Silk cherry red and ivory faille. Fontana Sisters, Italian, founded 1943

Hat, Day c1960

Dior.   leghorn straw; dried palm fronds and cornhusks

Dress, Day 1955

Jean Dessès Gray plain weave; gray and white plaid taffeta


Searching in ArtStor is a great way to get visual inspiration for your designs through objects and art. One advantage of ArtStor is you can zoom in very closely on the image and look at the details.

Go to Advance Search:

  • Set the dates to 1950 - 1959
  • Geography to Europe or North America and the
  • Classification to Fashion, Costume, Jewelry

Here are some search term ideas:

  • dress
  • hat
  • magazine (to see covers)

Background Sources

Source Material

Finding Resources at Crossett

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Search the catalog, databases, journals & articles.