Items filtered by date: August 2017 - The Costumers Institute

Current Forest Fire Map of BC and Alberta September 2017

I know it may smell good, but it’s not good for you. In fact, smoke conditions are considered light to moderate if you notice a smoke odour and haziness or visibility that is less than eight km; when smoke is heavy, it’s not good for anyone.

Published in Costumers Blog

Designing a batsuit can be rather challenging; for example, the batsuit cape needed to drape beautifully and dramatically for those strong scenes, but for other scenes, it needed to ruffle a bit by a gentle breeze. Enjoy comments from costume Supervisors, costume Coordinators, and costume FX artists along with other costume designers and directors. There is even mention of a victorian mangle which we know as the old fashioned wringer part of the wringer-washer that grandmother may have used. But wait, there's more ...

Published in Tutorial


A television series like Once Upon A Time employs dozens of people to 'make the magic happen' but it's fun to go behind the scenes and see what the set really looks like...

Published in Tutorial

Flashcance is a Broadway touring show that has some toe-tapping music, for sure. Performer Rachel Rak and Dance Captain Natalie Caruncho take us on a short backstage tour to show us a real-time backstage quick change with dressers in attendance, rehearsals and an interview with company members David R. Gordon and Kelly Felthous ...

Published in Tips & Tricks

I just love short reference videos; that quickly show the passage of time, and how clothing lines have shifted over the decades. I also love watching Dressers assist with the changes and Final Touches. Take a peek at how wedding dresses have changed ...

Published in Tips & Tricks

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.