Costume Design 101 "The Art and Business of Costume Design for Film and Television" by Richard La Motte
Costume Design 101 - 1st edition by Richard La Motte tells you all you need to know to launch a career in professional costume design.
His entertaining, engaging style - peppered with firsthand accounts and "war stories" - gives a full overview of the industry, with an emphasis on such practical information as breaking down the script, developing the budget package, the relationship between Wardrobe and every other department, on-set protocol, and the challenges of working with casts of all sizes.
Richard La Motte's IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0478756/
"Richard loves his craft and it shows in every line. He has given us a comprehensive, step by step analysis of the costume designer's work. Of great value to both the interested amateur and the budding professional."
— John Bloomfield, The Mummy, Waterworld, The Scorpion King
"Should be required reading for anyone contemplating this sort of career. Richard's book leads you through the various aspects of costuming in easy to understand language and is obviously written by a person with REAL experience and a true passion for his work."
— Donna Roberts, Vice President, Western Costume Company
"Richard unlocks the door to costume design in a way that makes complex concepts easy to understand. I wish I had a book like this when I was starting out."
— Robert Turturice, Batman and Robin, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
Costume Design 101 "The Art and Business of Costume Design for Film and Television" 2nd Edition by Richard La Motte
Written by an Industry veteran with 40 years of experience on many mainstream costume dramas, Costume Design 101, 2nd Edition is a follow-up to the very successful first edition, used by students and professionals alike. The second edition has kept all the essential information while adding new chapters on personal marketing and breaking into the business — a must have for anyone serious about the profession of Costume Designer. This book takes readers by the hand and leads them, step by step, through the process of becoming a professional Costume Designer for film and television. Starting with how to get into the business, conduct interviews, make costume presentations to producers and directors, break down scripts for requirements and budgets, hire and run costume departments, engage in manufacture, work with rental companies, and run on-set production, this book demystifies the design process for the creative Costume Designer.
"Richard has structured his book from an insider's point of view – a rare glimpse of what it takes, step by step, to achieving your goals in the costume industry. A road map to success from a true master of the craft."
— Toby M. Bronson, Set Costumer, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Aviator, Deadwood
"The information in this book is both true and valuable, and anyone who reads it has access to years of the kind of mentorship that has largely vanished from our industry."
— Edward Marks, President, Western Costume Company
"Richard loves his craft and it shows in every line. He has given us a comprehensive, step-by-step analysis of the Costume Designer's work. Of great value to both theinterested amateur and the budding professional."
— John Bloomfield, Costume Designer, The Mummy, Waterworld, The Scorpion King