Recently curated garments in the Costar and NowesArk collections.
Michael R. McVaugh
of Dramatic Art
College of Arts and Sciences,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Costume design and costume history, based in Western and non-Western traditions,
form the basis of my teaching, with a first-year seminar focused on the "language of clothing" added to the mix.
I write about theatrical designers with hundreds of articles and eight books including
The Designs of William Ivey Longabout the award winning costume designer (six Tony Awards among 15 nominations), Costume Design on Broadway
Broadway Design Roster, the catalog for the United States entry in the 2007 Prague
Design USA ( with Jody Blake), and
The Designs of Willa Kim. I edited Late and Great: American Designers from 1960-2010
(and contributed an essay about Raoul Pene du Bois),
published in 2010 as part of USITT's 50th Anniversary celebration.
I also have research interests in traditional dress around the world which
is increasingly disappearing and therefore even more important to document.
is an electronic study collection that contains information about
traditional garments and accessories in the Department of Dramatic Art including
some I have collected. NowesArk is a companion website to
an online archive of
vintage clothing, mainly from the 19th and 20th century, located in the
Department of Dramatic Art at UNC-Chapel Hill.
My colleague, Professor Judy Adamson, and I collaborate on that site together
with students and faculty members.
Both collections are used by students in the classes we teach and are a
valuable means to study the materials, construction, provenance, and patterning
of historic clothing.
Office: 213 Center for Dramatic Art, CB# 3230
150 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3230
Phone: 919 962-2483; FAX 919 962-5791
email@example.com Office Hours: by appointment
Survey of Costume History, Dramatic Art 470.
This course, usually
offered in fall semesters, surveys the clothing forms worn from Ancient Egypt
to the modern day. Lectures, illustrated with numerous slides, focus on why
the garments developed and how they reflect the culture in which they occur.
(see Fall 2017
Course home page including syllabus
honors section home page);
African and Asian Costume, Dramatic Art 475.
This course, usually
offered in spring semesters, considers garments worn in Africa, Asia and on
the Arabian Peninsula. Specific topics vary from semester to semester and
are presented in lecture format accompanied with numerous illustrations. (see
Course page with link to Syllabus);
Costume Design I, Dramatic Art 467.
An introduction to the
tools of the trade used by costume designers to research, design, and render
costumes for theatrical productions.
(see sample Syllabus);
The Psychology of Clothing: Motivations for Dressing-up
and Dressing-down, Dramatic Art 80.
The course, a first-year seminar, is about
how individuality and group attitudes are expressed through clothing.
Common (and occasionally uncommon) motivations for dress are addressed. (see Fall 2016
Advanced Costume Design I (aka Design for the Technician) Dramatic Art 667. This course introduces the study of costume design to students concentrating in costume production. (see Spring 2017 Syllabus);
Period Pattern: Victorian Era. This course examins the cut and construction of garments of the 19th Century from historical research. Graduate students in the costume construction program explore practical approaches to period construction. (see Fall 2017 Syllabus).
Other information about Professor Owen:
Bobbi Owen is also known as Roberta A. Owen and Mrs. Gordon J. Ferguson.