Items filtered by date: May 2017 - The Costumers Institute

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 …

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Playbill takes a tour of the wardrobe department of Disney's "Mary Poppins", which operates on eight floors of Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre. Here, you'll find over a dozen stitchers, costumers, wardrobe supervisors, day workers and dressers tending to the hundreds of costumes in the big-cast musical. The science of keeping a company dressed in pristine condition throughout a run is a daunting task! Doing 12 loads of laundry a day — which includes sorting hundreds of garments, from socks to caps — while juggling last-minute repairs, cast changes and wardrobe malfunctions keep this costume shop busy.

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Costume Designer Gillian Gallow speaks about two of the costumes she created for Louis Riel. 

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You wont believe some of these hacks ...

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 These are made with wine red velvet and hand sewn, felt holly leaves. Frankie Lynn decided to make both a flat pair and a heeled pair. 

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 Wow! There are more colours in these costumes than I could imagine; take a look ...

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When history evolved and women were beginning to avoid wearing stays; the practise of using jumps, began. Angela Clayton takes us through this process as she sews her 18th Century ensamble.

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This paper, "The Lengberg Finds: Remnants of the Lost 15th Century Tailoring Revolution" was presented on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at NESAT XIII, by Rachel Case, Marion McNealy and Beatrix Nutz. Some pieces of clothing have survived, and it's amazing to see these treasures . The presenters would like to thank the NESAT board for allowing them to put it on YouTube.

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Based on the 1997 animated film, Anastasia comes to Broadway with a new score from the Tony-winning team behind Ragtime, Once On This Island and Seussical—Ahrens and Flaherty—along with the film’s classic songs, including the Oscar-nominated “Journey to the Past.” The costumes are gorgeous ...

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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.