Costuming across borders : a cultural costuming database

dc.contributor.advisorGlavan, James
dc.creatorGashette, Samantha Jo Lynn
dc.creator.orcid0000-0002-6983-2134
dc.date.accessioned2021-08-21T02:05:55Z
dc.date.available2021-08-21T02:05:55Z
dc.date.created2020-05
dc.date.issued2020-05-09
dc.date.submittedMay 2020
dc.date.updated2021-08-21T02:05:55Z
dc.description.abstractGlobalization has increasingly connected societies around the world. This connection has sparked a renaissance within theatre and encouraged designers to take a closer look at representation of cultural dress onstage. Where in the past costume designers and audiences relied on stereotypes to portray a specific culture, we now look for accurate historical information to inform our choices on color, silhouette, fabric selections, and construction techniques. As cultural consciousness grows, there is an ever-increasing need for peer-reviewed research that is easily accessible and reliable. To answer this need, I wanted to explore the methods traditionally used to research cultural costume pieces and how we could improve accessibility and reliability for costumers and the general public. I started by researching what sources existed for cultural costuming research as I took on investigations of the Jalisco ribbon dress from ballet folklórico of Mexico and the South Korean hanbok from the late Joseon Dynasty. I found that what information does exist is scattered across various libraries and web platforms, is often unverified, or is distant from our topic, which may have never been researched. Consequently, many costumers turn to unreliable sources of information. These issues within the research process led me to explore the usefulness of a cultural costume online database which would host peer-reviewed literature, images, interviews, and how-to instructional videos on cultural costumes. I interviewed professionals who identify with the cultural pieces represented and extensively examined the existing literature. I finished my exploration by using my newly acquired knowledge to make a how-to informational video that introduced the construction methods and historical significance of the Jalisco costume. I constructed a version of both costumes myself and documented the experience. The culmination of my thesis exploration was the creation of the web database itself. I tested the effectiveness of the website in two stages. First with cognitive interviews conducted by a costume designer, a costume technician, and a web developer, then with a survey conducted through the website. This data was used circularly to improve the webpage and establish it as an ever-growing source of reliable cultural costume information for theatre professionals.
dc.description.departmentTheatre and Dance
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/87094
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/14044
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectCultural costume
dc.subjectAcademic costume
dc.subjectCostume
dc.subjectWeb-development
dc.subjectTheatre research
dc.subjectGate keeping
dc.subjectQualitative analysis
dc.subjectCase study
dc.subjectQualitative research
dc.subjectCostume design
dc.subjectCostume research
dc.subjectCostume technology
dc.subjectIdentity
dc.subjectDress
dc.subjectCulture
dc.subjectNational identity
dc.subjectGlobal identity
dc.subjectIndividual identity
dc.subjectTheatrical representation
dc.subjectHanbok
dc.subjectJalisco
dc.subjectJalisco ribbon dress
dc.subjectKorea
dc.subjectJoseon dynasty
dc.subjectMexico
dc.subjectPremier pro
dc.subjectWix
dc.subjectCostume history
dc.subjectDress history
dc.titleCostuming across borders : a cultural costuming database
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentTheatre and Dance
thesis.degree.disciplineTheatre
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Fine Arts
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