Costumer's Blog

  • Spring and Summer Film Checklist; Lyme Disease
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    Last year, I wrote another blog titled Summer Film Checklist; about supplies, kits and clothing a costumer should include when working outdoors on a film. It’s good to check your kit at least once a year; to inventory the contents, replenish containers of low supplies and to add new items. 

    All my original urgings of bringing warm, comfortable clothing, extra clothing, and sun and safety gear still apply, but this year, I’d like to talk about a threat that is common to everyone who works outside during the spring, summer and autumn months - Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease characterized by flu-like symptoms, caused by bacteria that is transmitted by ticks. 

    Written on Friday, 31 March 2017 15:07 Be the first to comment! Read 164 times Read more...
  • 5 Top Brands of Cutting Tools
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    Costumers usually have several pairs of scissors in their toolbox; sewing scissors, cutting shears, pinking shears, serrated blades, pointed embroidery scissors and thread snips. This blog is intended to help you make the best cutting tool investment you can.

    Written on Sunday, 12 March 2017 14:59 Be the first to comment! Read 323 times Read more...
  • 2017 Oscars for Best Costume Design
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    The 2017 Oscars nominee list for Best Costume Design is out and picking a winner this year will be tough; the designs are wonderful. Marisa Dabney provided a few details about each show (it's on the Oscars website) and after the awards show on February 26th I'll highlight the winner for you. Best of luck to the nominees, but no matter who the winner is, costumers always win through being in association with such talented designers. 

    Written on Monday, 20 February 2017 12:07 Be the first to comment! Read 421 times Read more...
  • Anne Dixon; Costume Designer
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    Costume Designer Anne Dixon, attending theToronto Film Festival: Costume Exhibition in 2014  

    Written on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 17:32 Be the first to comment! Read 746 times Read more...

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The Cutting Room

Dressing a Medieval Lady

The Medieval Lady and her many layers ...
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Costume Designer Emilio Sosa; Designing Broadway: ON YOUR FEET!

ON YOUR FEET! costume designer Emilio Sosa reveals the movies, Read More

Civil War Fashion: Foundations

1860 foundation wear included hook skirts, pettipants, petticoat, corset and Read More

"China: Through the Looking Glass"—Gallery Views

Enjoy these gallery views of The Costume Institute's spring 2015 Read More
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"The Costumers Institute exists to provide industry basics, procedures, and protocols for the beginner or advancing Costumer in stage and film, through onsite workshops, publications, and product."

The Costumer's Notebook,

The book The Costumer's Notebook is a 295 page comprehensive handbook for Costumers for stage and film including a full Glossary of stage and film industry terms. Sections include methods and tricks for laundry, dyeing, breakdown, Dresser guidelines and protocols for Stage or Film and various size charts for men and women from shoes to gloves. Other Sections include diagrams showing How to Iron A Shirt, How to Tie a Tie and How to Tie a Bow Tie. Costume fittings, costume lay out and costume storage are also discussed.