Dawn Devine ~ Author ∙ Costumer ∙ Belly Dancer ∙ Historian ∙ Artist
Soft Cover: 138 pages
8 x 10 inches
Ibexa Press © 2001
MSRP: $24.95 USD
|Bedlah, Baubles and Beads
By Dawn Devine and Barry Brown
Bedlah, Baubles and Beads is a book about designing and crafting the elaborate bra and belt sets worn by contemporary belly dancers. Also known as “dance oriental” and “raks sharki,” belly dancing has numerous sub-styles that are defined not only by their movement vocabulary, but also by their distinctive costuming.
The first part of the book provides a conceptual framework by starting with a history of this costuming style and its origins here in the United States. From there, it concentrates on introducing the reader to design principles, methods, and techniques for developing figure-flattering styles.
The second part presents the materials, tools, and processes for putting together an elaborately decorated bra and belt set. Step-by-step illustrations for applying beads, a fabric shopping guide, and directions for constructing the bra and belt bases are all illustrated with descriptive diagrams to aid the reader.
Finally, the book finishes with a portfolio of styles and ideas for expanding the performance wardrobe. From skirts to accessories, these chapters introduce the essential garments that transform the bra and belt into a complete costume.
Detailed topics include:
An extensive bibliography and a list of mail-order resources is included.
About the Author – Dawn Devine
Dawn Devine is a costume historian and belly dancer living in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. She has been dancing for over fifteen years and has been designing historical costumes nearly all her life. She has degrees in both Art History and Fashion Design.