Costumers Blog

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 10:12

The Costume Department

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     It's not very often that I encounter someone who feels as I do about working in the Costume Department, but this video really struck me and I wanted to share it with you.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 12:49

Happy New Year Featured

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... best wishes for you and your families for 2016 ...  May the New Year bring you all happiness and love ....

some new and exciting projects to work on, and cool fabrics and trim too ...

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 12:13

Happy Holidays Featured

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A EDEKA market in Germany, 13 hidden cameras , 9 cashiers , a large instrument - the classic Jingle Bells Performed live from the typical cash registers  - enjoy!

Many Costumers work hard during the holidays to bring audiences beautiful shows that delight.I'm thinking of all of you; all over the world with ballets, circuses, Broadway shows and films. Please accept my warmest wishes for you and your families, wherever you are ...and Happy New Year too. Rae

Monday, 14 December 2015 00:00

Creating Historical and Period Costumes

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Costumers the world over, have a great deal in common; our love of costumes, and of crafting fine and wonderful work that is enjoyed by thousands of people, for generations and beyond ...

Thursday, 19 November 2015 00:00

Life Happens ....

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... know what I mean?

Hello everyone,

I really meant to get back to blog writting long before this but ...


 Photo taken Monday morning, November 9 2015, Lethbridge, Alberta

Life happened ...

After the book was published I moved away from Calgary; away from the hub of my professional work to a smaller community in Southern Alberta. Since then, I have really been missing the work; I miss the lush Opera and Ballet fabrics and trims and the Broadway Touring show hustle and bustle. So then, it may not surprise you to learn I am sewing costumes again. This time, it's at home and personal. I plan to sew period costumes from fabics and trims that are available to me from the local fabric stores and second-hand stores and then share the projects with you through periodic blog posts and  photos of the work in progress. 

Same plan ...

Our industry is ever-changing; production companies each vying to one-up each other through skyrocketting budgets for film locations, theatrical sets and dazzling wardrobe, makeup and hair designs - not to mention, costly computerized special effects. However, it's still the techies, the crew, the costumers and the behind-the-scenes personnel that is responsible for most of those amazingly expensive, visual moments and so I'll continue to pass along any articles, tutorials and tips that reflect growing trends  or new technologies in our industry that I feel  are of interest to you. It's still my mission to support costumers and our work through this website with regular updates and visual elements.

Thank you all for your patience and visits to this site; your questions, comments and suggestions are so encouraging to me - please, keep them coming ....  

Monday, 21 September 2015 00:00

The History of Fashion with Versace's John Knight

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History Of Fashion - Episode 1: John Knight from Versace takes us through fashion history; get a cup of something delicious, and sit back and enjoy ....

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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.