The costumes which Martha Graham wore as she, and her company, lived out the emotions of any one piece where used as strategical devices to enhance the visual effects of the dance. A prime example of this is the costume which Graham wore in her piece, Lamentations. It was what seemed to be a covering roped with extra fabric. When Graham began moving in the costume one could see its true function, Graham held different sections and lengths of the costume in her hands and stretched and contorted herself which in turn stretched and contorted the costume changing her appearance drastically.
Martha Graham's Costuming and Personal Fashion
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