Costumers Blog

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    WICKED WEEK: Seven Days in the Life of a Costumer

    WICKED:The Musical enjoyed its first Calgary run at The Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in 2011, and the first week of work included the load-in and set-up of the show. There is a lot to do; semi-trailer trucks to unload; lights to hang, cable and focus; sound console, speakers, cables and mic packs to unload and organize; set pieces to connect together and Read More
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Tutorials

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    How to Make a Fibre Optic Diffuser

    Fibre optics are so fun to play with. Here is another great way to use them on costumes ... Read More
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    Georgian Fashion - 1772-1780

    The Georgian Era in British History was so named because the first four kings during this time, were all named George... Besides that titillating fact, womans' gowns during this period were made of plain, striped or painted satins, taffetas, velvets Read More
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Tips & Tricks

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    Backstage with Priscilla Queen of the Desert

    Gillian Austin; Wardrobe Supervisor for Priscilla Queen of the Desert takes us backstage to show us costumes and excerpts of this wild and amazing show .... Read More
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    Fake Snow for those Christmas Shows

    In 1981 Stagehand Ray McLaughlin sweeps up after the Bolshoi Ballet ... Have you ever wondered how stagehands make it snow onstage? Matt Wagner, a Stagehand from the Denver Centre for the Performing Arts tells us how they do it for their production of A Christmas Carol. Other seasonal shows may employ Read More
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Bloopers

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Tips & Tricks

"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.