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Costumers Blog

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    Backstage Deportment

    Backstage costumers like Cassie Head have duties to perform while the show is in progress; re-hanging costumes after a Fast or Quick-change, pre-setting the next costume to be worn, or helping a performer like Anna Cline in this photo from the Musical Ragtime. Let's look at these duties a bit closer - that way, we'll be ready for our next stage Read More
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Tutorials

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    Costume Designer: Ann Roth - The Book book of mormon

    Ann Roth is an Academy award-winning Broadway Costume Designer. In this short tuturial, she discusses the costume design for the hit show, THE BOOK OF MORMON. Catch up with Ms. Roth in this little video presentation ... Read More
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    How to Detangle a Costume Wig

    Costume and wig changes can happen very fast backstage and sometimes the costume wig gets tossed into the laundry basket and returned to the wig department in a tangled mess. Mark Weiss, a Hairsylist and Makeup artist from New York Read More
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Tips & Tricks

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    Gail Anderson: Art Director

    Art Director Gail Anderson speaks to us about another aspect of theatre; using graphic design to create visual identities for theatrical works. She expains how the designs are created under the pressure of limited time leading up to Opening Night; something costumers know a thing or two about ... Read More
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    Aerial Choreographer

    Join aerial choreographer, Paul Rubin, as he creates flying sequences for the stage. Listen as he shares his work and the equipment used. ... 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.