Items filtered by date: August 2016 - The Costumers Institute

Check out these rolling racks with great tires, covers and lights ....

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 "The World at Your Feet: Stories from the Collection of the BSM" with our Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack looking at two pairs of our favourite women's party shoes from the mid-20th century by two of our favourite designers - Beth Levine and Roger Vivier.

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Beading work lends a beautiful detail to any costume ... please joing Angela Clayton for a tutorial ...

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Lauren and Abby of American Duchess demonstrate getting dress in 1740s daywear, from the "skin out," starting with the chemise, then the stays (corset), underpetticoats, and finally the outer layers. Lauren displays her 1740s Outlander cosplay outfit made from Simplicity 8161 and 8162 with additions and alterations. Abby answers questions and gives historical background on real 18th century dress.

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t the speed of light, cast members of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" tear off their no-longer-needed costumes and pop into the ones they do need for their next scene. Check out Chilina Kennedy, Scott J. Campbell, Alan Wiggins, E. Clayton Cornelius, Douglas Lyons and Caliaf St. Aubyn making some of the quickest changes you’ve ever seen — and of course they are assisted by their ready, willing and able dressers!

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It apprears that visitors learn about the decadent balls and the role of the Georgian dance master through this participatory event at Kensington Palace- Strictly Georgian ... what a great idea for a costume event!

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Textile Conservator Niola Nicastro explains why they have chosen to create replicas and how this differs from conservation. We also learn about the detailed and complex work that goes into creating these replica emblems from the embroiderer, Becky Hogg. 
Conservation work on the Queen Anne Throne Canopy continues at Hampton Court Palaces...

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Explore the wardrobes of HM The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales in this film and discover how the royal women worked directly with individual fashion designers to establish their style and navigate the fashion ‘rules’ defined by their royal duties.

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Video recreating the floral lace appliqué as seen on the 1950s Norman Hartnell early evening gown, worn by HM The Queen.

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More acre often goes into the choice of a wedding dress than of any other piece of clothing. The wedding dress has been around for centuries, and London's Victoria & Albert Museum is unveiling a new exhibition of remarkable wedding dresses ranging from the end of the 18th Century to the present day. Join Exhibition Curator, Edwina Ehrman as she describes this exhibition; Wedding Dresses 1775-2014

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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.