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RagTag: A Circus in Stitches. Autoethnographic Costume Design Research for a Touring Circus Troup

Designing costumes for circus artists requires a balance of learned skills, experiential knowledge, open communication, and above all an eye for safety. By working closely with the artists through the rehearsal process, it is possible for the designer/technician to observe the exact movements performed by the artists during the show, which may influence the design of a costume. Additional feedback from performers can further provide information about needed support or protection that can be added to the costumes, especially if the designer/technician is well-versed in materials and techniques.

Photo credit: Pher Gleason / Cirque Us


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