Book Review: Unbuttoned: The Art and Artists of Theatrical Costume Design

by Natalie Robin
Unbuttoned: The Art and Artists of Theatrical Costume Design from Focal Press
Unbuttoned: The Art and Artists of Theatrical Costume Design from Focal Press

There is a glamour and an allure to anything “behind the scenes,” to seeing the magic of the theater unwind, unfold and uncovered.  Costume designer E. Shura Pollatsek and photographer Mitchell D. Wilson have given us a new glimpse behind the magic in Unbuttoned: The Art and Artists of Theatrical Costume Design. Beginning with the seed of the production and character idea and tracing the costuming process all the way through the creation of the look, Pollatsek has made visible the intricate and beautiful work happening just out of sight by focusing on the process rather than the product.