Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2016

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Theatre & Dance

First Advisor

Theodore Stark

Second Advisor

Markas Henry

Third Advisor

Robert Nauman


This project focuses on the technical process of building a costume. The goal was to build the Titania costume from an Art Nouveau-inspired theoretical production of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. The entire process is explored in this project, beginning with conceptualization and early drafts, the mock-up, fitting and revisions stages, culminating in the final product ready for the stage. Both the standard costume technology process of draping is described. Since a key challenge was creating full size wings and solving the problem of discreetly integrating them into the sheer dress many costume crafts techniques are explored as well. This project sheds light on the many expansive processes that are done behind the scenes in order to bring a show to life.