Publisher: Ibexa Press
Pub. Date: 2001/2011
Book Size: 8 x 10 inches
Page Count: 138 pages
Color: Black and White
MSRP: $22.95 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
For more information visit her website: www.davina.us