Costumers Blog

Monday, 02 February 2015 00:00

I'm Just Sayin ...

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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. 

Monday, 26 January 2015 00:00

Backstage Deportment

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Backstage costumers like Cassie Head have duties to perform while the show is in progress; re-hanging costumes after a Fast or Quick-change, pre-setting the next costume to be worn, or helping a performer like Anna Cline in this photo from the Musical Ragtime. Let's look at these duties a bit closer - that way, we'll be ready for our next stage call ... 

Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00

The Bright Lights

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These lights might be bright, but they aren't the bright lights of Hollywood; this blog is about the lights and lighting systems we can set up in our workrooms. Most of the time, we have little control over the lights that are in the ceiling, but we might be able to alter not-so-great lighting and transorm it into not-so-bad workable lighting.

Monday, 12 January 2015 00:00

The Golden Globe Awards

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The Golden Globe Awards were established in 1934 by a group of writers who were known as The Foreign Press Association. The awards recognize excellence in film and television; both domestic and foreign. 

The Awards

Besides the Golden Globes, costumers are interested in the Costume Designers Guild Awards, the Emmy Awards the Tony Awards and the Academy Awards shows because they provide an opportunity for us to see the works of other designers and costume builders. Each character drawn in a single work on film and television carries the genius of costume designer whose job it is to create the visual story for the audience; characters projected through clothing to help the audience follow the story.



Costume Designers use their personal creativity and way of approaching the world to solve serious design dilemmas. For example, suppose you are designing costumes for a scene that has the characters at a formal social gathering. The delemma is that the cast might all look the same; the women are dressed in beauiful gowns, shoes and accessories while the men are shown in tuxedos and elegant footwear. How then, to make the central characters stand out from the rest of the elegant crowd; to be seen as the MOST elegant, MOST beautiful and so on.

I think this is why these awards are given; to celebrate masterful costume designers who work their magic through the characters of a show and definately accomplish that goal. 

2015 Golden Globe Awards

I've listed the nominations below and have highlighted the winners. I haven't personally seen all the nominations, but all the shows are amazing and there is something for everyone; contemporary and period works. I celebrate them all and love the work they do.

Best Motion Picture, Drama




The Imitation Game

The Theory of Everything

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Jennifer Aniston, Cake

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything

Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Resse Witherspon, Wild

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Benedict Bumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

David Oyelowo, Selma

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Into the Woods


St. Vincent


Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Amay Adams, Big Eyes

Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie

Emily Blunt, Into the Woods

Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey

Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Michael Keaton, Birdman

Bill Murray, St. Vincent

Joaqui Phoenix, Inherent Vice

Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

Best Foreign Language Film

Ida (Portand/Denmark)

Leviathan (Russia)

Force Majeure Turist (Sweden)

Tangerines Manadariinid (Eastonia)

Gett:The Trail of Viviane Amsalem Gett (Israel)

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

The Lego Movie

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Boxtrolls

The Book of Life

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Patricia Arfquette, Boyhood

Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year

Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Emma Stone, Birdman

Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Robert Duvall, The Judge

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Edward Norton, Birdman

Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

TV Nominees - Best TV Series, Drama

The Affair

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

The Good Wife

House of Cards

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Clair Danes, Homeland

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Junianna Margulies The Good Wife

Ruth Wilson, The Affair

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama

Clive Owen, The Knick

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

James Spader, The Blacklist

Dominic West, The Affair

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy


Silicon Valley


Jane the Virgin

Orange Is the New Black

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Edie Falco, Nurse JackieJulie Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Lena Dunhan, Girls

Gina Rodrigues, Jane the Virgin

Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Louis C.K. Louie

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Ricky Gervais, Derek

William H. Macy, Shamless

Best TV Movie or Miniseries

True Detective


The Missing

The Normal Heart

Olive Kitteridge

Congratulations to everyone!!!! 

Monday, 05 January 2015 00:00

Good Sewing Health

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Costumers spend many hours each day sewing and ironing; either work task can cause strain and aches by the end of the day. Today's blog is about healthy sewing and ironing; hope it helps ...

Thursday, 01 January 2015 00:00

Come Fly with Me

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ANSWER: Performers FLY in each of these productions ... 

Page 10 of 15

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.