Costumers Blog

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 ....

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 13:39

DESIGNING BOND'S LOOK: Costume Designer, Lindy Hemming

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Meet award winning Costume Designer, Lindy Hemming; and a handful of bespoke tailors who have been instrumental in shaping and crafting this icon of style over 50 years ...

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 14:23

Fashion History: Egyptian Through 18th Century

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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.

Page 7 of 16

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.