Costumer's Blog

  • Remember when Hardware Stores were boring? … the Dad-zone? …
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    I do, at least, I used to feel that way about entering into the world of nuts and bolts, power tools and fixtures; that is, until I began working as a Costumer. Now, I look at Hardware Store shopping on par with a Vintage Collectables shop; I’m always likely to find a few treasures that I can toss into my kit. Speaking of my kit …

    Written on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 09:00 Be the first to comment! Read 55 times Read more...
  • Panniers and Punctilious or: How I Learned to Love Skirt Supports
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    Our stylishly turned out Dresser has assisted her Lady with the chemise, leggings, panniers and is now tightening the corset. The series of layers’ underneath clothing has purpose; the chemise was closest to the skin and served as nightgown, petticoat and under-blouse. The leggings provided warmth and good protection from tall grasses, low bushes and insects. Jumping to the corset, we know that it provided a particular feminine shape; a smaller waist, or larger bottom. And this, is where panniers totally take over the whole feminine shape idea; remember this famous picture of one of Marie Antoinette’s dresses …

    Written on Sunday, 18 June 2017 11:17 Be the first to comment! Read 127 times Read more...
  • Trousers March through Time
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    So, I was watching an episode of the old TV series Mission Impossible when I noticed the suit trouser length; the fashionable or period length of trousers worn in the 60s. ... And you know, they are almost the same length as suit trousers worn today, in 2017.

    Written on Sunday, 30 April 2017 19:48 Be the first to comment! Read 310 times Read more...
  • 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 435 times Read more...

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11 Bra Hacks Every Woman Should Know

11 Bra Hacks Every Woman Should Know

Bra Hacks are little tricks known to Costumers who need Read More
Scrubba from Down Under

Scrubba from Down Under

The Scrubba washing machine was developed in Australia primariely for Read More
How to Paint with Dye

How to Paint with Dye

Dye painting is a great technique to use on costumes. Read More

Chinese Hairstyles Through the Dynasties

Here's the different hairstyles Chinese people had throughout history.
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Costume Designer: Alex Kavanagh

Costume Designer: Alex Kavanagh

Catch an interview with Toronto Costume Designer Alex Kavanagh ....
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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.