These costumes are amazing and so beautiful. A big budget helps, but the designer's vision is what eventually what the audience sees. These designs are based on historical clothing but the design elements are what captures our eyes. Check out the armour, the robes and gowns. The crowns of antler and roses, the wedding dress and the golden hand .... the video is sumptuous ....

Cirque du Soleil shows are famous for the costumes that are designed and built by the company. White fabrics and materials are dyed soft or vibrant colours; whatever suits the vision of the designer and the show.  Lets make a short visit to the Cirque du Soleil costume shop ...

Designing costumes for comedy shows have some major challenges. For example, the costume elements must support the storyline, and, elicit laughter from the audience. Bob Mackie truly worked his genius on the costumes shown on this video - the colour, detail, fabric and visual appeal are matchless ...

 Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter is known for her work in Lee Daniels' The Butler, Malcom X and Serenity , but in this video Ruth talks about her individual design process; how she gleans the information from the script and how she helps the director accomplish their vision for each project. Get a cup of tea and enjoy ....

Want to watch some quick changes? Try to count the number of costumes that are worn during this show. How are the changes made? What happens to the discarded or doffed costumes? Where do the new costumes come from? Get a cup of tea and watch this fun video ... gotta love it.

The night before working as a Dresser I would make sure my Dresser Kit was ready to go. I used a fanny pack to hold my needle book with two threaded needles, scissors, thimble, gum, seam ripper, safety pins, flashlight and note pad and pen. Replenish your kit regularly; check your flashlight batteries, re-thread needles so they are ready to work and replace safety pins if you hand them out. 

For the most part, show laundry is the same as regular, home laundry. Costumes worn by performers need to be cleaned; one way or another and the cleaning can be unconventional at times because costumes are often made of unconventional materials. Those breathtaking costumes made with fabric, feathers, grasses, sequins, crystals and painted plastic require special care in order to look good for each show. Costumers are aware that costumes last longer if they are stored in a clean, dry condition; make-up stains, sweat and body odour left in a costume may not come out.

Colour is a very important tool in costume design because in most societies, certain colours have certain connotations.

For example, white usually shows purity and is often used for weddings, while black is often used for funerals. Throughout history, colours have been used to show different characteristics and also convey emotions, from hot to cool; for example a red dress worn by a boisterous character. The designer can use this idea to deepen the connection between the characters and the action of the story; to use colour and texture to help create characters that remain with the audience, long after the show is over.

1946 Showgirls ... have a look into the past ...

  We can't always have a tour around our favorite dry cleaners but it is important for costumers to understand the dry cleaning process. Here's some things that I've learned that will help.

  Remove all dry cleaning bags from garments as soon as possible and allow them to air in a well ventilated area for as long as possible.

  Some performers may request that dry cleaned costumes not be stored in the dressing room because the dry cleaning chemicals become airborne and are very drying to their throats. Try to accommodate such requests, but check with your supervisor, just to be sure.

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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.