The purpose of this thesis was to design costumes for twelve characters, selected from the Book of Mormon, suitable for projected dramatic productions. Selection of the characters was determined by the following criteria:
(1) Sufficient dramatic potential for projected dramatic productions must be inherent in the period from which characters are drawn.
(2) Characters should represent various levels within their society.
The problem of creating the costume designs presumed an investigation of environmental factors which would influence the clothing styles worn by a typical cross section of Late Preclassic Mesoamerican society. Origins of the American Indian are briefly discussed and geographical influences on costume are shown. Elements of early costume are discussed including textiles, color, accessories, armor, and symbolism. Basic characteristics of costume for men and women are reviewed and similarities of Old World and New world costume are shown.
Executions of twelve water color renderings are included and explanations of each costume design are given. Recommendations for further study are made.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Theatre and Media Arts
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Brown, Amanda J., "A Design Study in Costume for Projected Dramatic Productions Prescribing a Book of Mormon Setting Identified Herein as Late Preclassic Mesoamerican Culture" (1968). Theses and Dissertations. 4559.
Book of Mormon, Pictorial works, Drama