Costumers Blog

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    Kevlar: The Stephanie Kwolek Story

     Stephanie Kwolek (1923-2014) was an American chemist who worked for the Du Pont company for over forty years, and invented Kevlar. For this discovery, she was awarded the DuPont company's Lavoisier Medal for outstanding technical achievent; as of August 2014, the only female employee to have recieved such an honour.    Read More
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Tutorials

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    Marie-Antoinettes Dress

    Alexandra Palmer from the Royal Ontario Museum is a curator for Texiles and Costumes. One of the garments under her domain is this dress that belonged to Marie-Antoinette. Shirley Ellis, the Conservator at the museum shows us closeups of the Read More
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    Camelot Properties: Helmets and Armour

    I know what your're thinking ... helmets and armour should be costumes, but in theatre, helmets, armour and weaponry belong to the artists in the Props Shop or Properties, as it is formally known. Eric Ball, from the Stratford Festival shows Read More
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Tips & Tricks

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    Backstage Fun

    Laura Osnes returns with another video from backstage Cinderella. This time we meet Ira Mont, Production Stage Manager. Take a look at his busy console; his primary video monitor,  infared monitor and the zoom monitor. Through these monotors, Ira is able to carefully watch the show to ensure each performance Read More
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    Ladies ... Bring On the Bling ....

    The cold weather is upon us, but the shows and season require hot energy and, of course ... BLING! Don't be afraid to spark up your own shoes either, just remember all the shoe care rules apply; from wearing gloves to masking off certain areas. Enjoy this video from the Manhattan Read More
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Bloopers

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    A Klingon Christmas Carol

    A Klingon Christmas Carol will be presented by Commedia Beauregard in Chicago, December 2014. Check out this video of the stage production ... then book tickets .... Read More
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    X-Men Bloopers

    Join Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Famke Janssen (Jean Grey) and James Marsden (Cyclops) and enjoy this blooper video. These performers work very hard shooting a scene over and over ... and allowing us to see the oops! moments ... Read More
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    Sewing Force

    Sew on, dear Costumers ... sew on .... 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.