Costuming from the Hip

Costuming from the Hip Front Cover

Product Details:
Ibexa Press
Pub. Date: 
ISBN-10: 0615540856
ISBN-13: 978-0615540856
Book Size: 8 x 10 inches
Page Count: 118pages
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Color: Black and White
MSRP: $22.95 USD

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Costuming from the Hip Back Cover

Costuming from the Hip
By Dawn Devine and Barry Brown

Costuming from the Hip is a comprehensive reference for anyone who works with Middle Eastern dance-wear. Dancers, costume makers, designers, and historical re-enactors will like the many illustrations, historical patterns, construction techniques, and hundreds of hints and tips.

This 118-page book will take you step-by-step through measuring your body, researching your costume, laying out the patterns, fitting it, and accessorizing your creation.

Detailed topics include:

  • Making your measurement chart
  • Turkish coats, kaftans, and thobes
  • Veils
  • Jewelry
  • Designing for every body type
  • Coin, tassle, and cabaret belts
  • Bras and cholis
  • Shirts, vests, and blouses
  • Men’s wear
  • Going professional.

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.

For more information visit her website: