This is a very special book in the practice of Thespian arts, for Virginia Volland has a very special profession, that of costume designer for Broadway plays. Her book will find a place on the shelf of every school of drama and in the hands of every aspiring or practicing designer. The author places the designer's work in relation to other members of cast and crew, tells how to join USA, Local 829 and what is entailed in doing so, talks about the requirements of clothes on stage and gives a head to toe accounting of what a designer does and how she operates. From reading the script to the first night post-performance visit to the dressing room (both obligatory), this is the costume designer's world, revealed with expertise and enthusiasm. There is information to help the amateur as well as the professional.