Items filtered by date: July 2016 - The Costumers Institute

NAC English Theatre continues preparations for Metamorphoses. Crew and cast have begun rehearsals at a local pool to determine what will work best on stage in the final production. 

In Part 3, Costume and Set Designer Bretta Gerecke speaks about the process of creating the costumes for Metamophoses as well as some of the challenges.


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Part 1 of Metamorphoses, at the National Arts Centre. Join NAC Technical Director Mike D'Amato as he takes us backstage to explain the planning, testing and construction process for NAC English Theatre's production of Metamorphoses.  ...

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Marion Boyce

So over the last few weeks, I've been interested in these works; Crimson Peak for it's American gothic look, the BBC television series Musketeers for its hip 1630's look and The Dressmaker, for it's sumptous 1950s coutour fashion.  I enjoy learning how other costume designers approach the work, and  what they love most about the design process.  

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Costume Designer Marion Boyce has amazed me with her work on The Dressmaker; I also love the bits of  scripted dialogue that strengthen and support all dressmakers ....

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Costume designer Marion Boyce (of Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery costume fame) speaks about her beautiful work designing costumes for the cast of The Dressmaker...

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Wonderful Art Deco inspiration at the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition in Melbourne ...

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Enjoy this interview with Marion Boyce, costume designer on the fabulous Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries series and the feature film, The Dressmaker...

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There are endless breakdown techniques; here's a few tricks from Doug Stewart ...

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A quick Tip; differences between Rit liquid dye and Rit powder dye.

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The Medieval Lady and her many layers ...

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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.