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Saturday, 11 October 2014 00:00

Technology and Costume Design

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Francis Bitonti, a New York designer stands beside his latest work; a pair of 3D-printed shoes ... the impact upon costuming could be unbelievable amazing ... keep reading dear friend, and I'll show you the 3D-printed dress he also designed for Dita Von Teese ....  

Monday, 06 October 2014 00:00

Faux Leather from foam

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No sewing for this one folks. I hope you get a laugh though, as I did. Costumers don't need to worry about making large quantities of fake leather for a show; that's not a usual situation. However, a Costume Designer may want to build a bit of trim, or a small leather-like purse accessory or a period document cover for a show you are designing. I enjoyed the segment on decoration; those same techniques can be used with costume. For example, try rubbing some antique gold paint onto some buttons or fake leather trim. Whatever the results, remember to tuck the samples you have made, along with a few projects notes into your project box.

Monday, 06 October 2014 00:00

Hollywood Scary Halloween Costumes

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Time for a little fun. Have a look at what some Hollywood Celebrities think is a cool Halloween costume ... Do you have any favorites?

Saturday, 21 June 2014 00:00

Old World Hatmaking

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At one time, men weren't considered to be fully dressed, unless they wore the proper hat. Men tipped their hats to women and the clergy as a sign of respect. Nowadays, many men wear a logo cap. Visit the Barbisio hat factory in Italy to see how La Dolce Vita inspired mens handmade hats in the 1940s and 1950s. It is an amazing process ...

Allison Williams Thinks Happy Thoughts as she takes her First PETER PAN flight. Notice the flying harness  that she wears and how it is connected to the overhead stucture. Imagine how odd it must feel to be held by the harness and to move so quickly from side to side. Remember now, the harness is fitted to the performer and worn underneath the costume. Clearly, performers must be fit for this business, as well as courageous ... have a look ...

Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

In Praise of Dressers

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Remember Lucy in the Peanuts cartoons? She used to go around shouting "... attention ... attention ... attention......... I just love attention..." Well I do too; especially when I work as a dresser. I love helping the performers into their costumes and seeing them make their entrance onstage ... right on cue. Listen to a few performers talk about their dressers ... attention...attention ... attention ....

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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.