Join Jacqueline Durran as she speaks to us about her costume design ...


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 ...

Welcome to the showcase of assassins costumes from Assassin's Creed Movie, costumes designed by Sammy Sheldon

Last year, I wrote another blog titled Summer Film Checklist; about supplies, kits and clothing a costumer should include when working outdoors on a film. It’s good to check your kit at least once a year; to inventory the contents, replenish containers of low supplies and to add new items. 

All my original urgings of bringing warm, comfortable clothing, extra clothing, and sun and safety gear still apply, but this year, I’d like to talk about a threat that is common to everyone who works outside during the spring, summer and autumn months - Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease characterized by flu-like symptoms, caused by bacteria that is transmitted by ticks. 

View a rare pair of black bucket-top thigh boots in the style of French riding boots, of circa 1750-1770, which belonged to Napoleon III who was born in Paris in 1808 and died in Kent in 1873; the conservator has work to do, but wonderful to see the real thing.

Costume History was one of my favourite classes in university. The professor would show slides of historical clothing from museums alongside replicas, so we could see what the pieces actually may have looked like.

Over the holidays I spent time listening to costume-related podcasts and watching period TV shows for the wardrobe content. There is some great stuff out there to hear and see (right from home), for costume designers and costumers  - anybody interested in costumes, stage, video and film. 

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.