Shooting a Western film means the costumers must clean, restore and break down lots of cowboy hats; in lots of styles. Properly setting the crease becomes very important as it must look the same for each scene. It is easy to adapt your wardrobe steamer to use as a hat steamer and duplicate what you see in this video.
David Morgan shows us how to care for quality felt hats. He demonstrates proper hat storage and cleaning. For example, he removed the hose from a garment steamer and Voila! a wonderful table-top steamer for hats. This allows him to use both hands to turn the hat during the steaming process. Tune in ...
Hats are a part of our clothing history and are regularly included as part of a costume accessory, to finish a costume ensemble. Picking the right hat is important. Phillip Ian Wright discusses the importance of hats, and how they finish the look. Get a cup and tea and have a look at this video; Picking the Right Hat.
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.