Adam Savage built an amazing Totoro cosplay that he wore at New York Comic Con! In this One Day Build, Adam shows us how he designed the costume to be lightweight and collapsible, how he formed Totoro's iconic shape, and the little details that brought the huggable character to life.

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.

For a different costume point of view, lets check out Oksana Nedavniaya, Costume Illustrator for David Ayer’s upcoming, “Suicide Squad”. For “Squad,” the process began with concept boards provided by costume designer Kate Hawley, who did extensive research to capture the right look. Nedavniaya’s work combined technical illustration with mood enhancements. As actors were cast, she continually refined the illustrations — and remained involved as costumes were built, a rarity for someone in her profession. She says she got to see her work in 3d.

 

Right into a ittle joke; because smiling is good for us ...        

Actors reveal much about themselves when they share their personal approach to their character ...

See how Jess Murphy, who played one of the witches in the 2013 production of Macbeth, gets into her costume for the play. 

Caged crinoline folding technique ... sometimes gentleness has to move over for speedy action ...

If you're interested in working with latex, check out this detailed process ...

Watch this amazing process from the beginning: professional artists apply the makeup and wigs followed by the dresser who assists with the costume - Voila!

The Golden Closet's Breanna Livie discuses the importance of the preservation, restoration, and documentation of vintage studio costumes, featuring a western gown worn by Shelley Winters in “Winchester 73”

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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.