Stage Costumers and Dressers become familiar with the backstage areas and also the acting areas of the stage.The list of costume changes develops from the rehearsal process. Stage Management informs Wardrobe and these notes become the Doff and Don chart (the who, what and where of costume changes). For example, the location of the first costume change may occur SL (stage left) and the second costume change maybe located SR (stage right). This means the Costumer needs to travel backstage and;
In a world of spray this and that, I thought to offer some Green Cleaning solutions from the kitchen that would work for costumes; if one has the luxury of time. Modern cleaning products may be more effective, but these may prove helpful in a pinch and wont harm, at any rate.
Always test a product, even a natural one, before using. Try the mixture on some scrap fabric, or use on a place where any negative effect will be hidden from view, such as the garment hem or seam allowance.
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.