Rae Stephens

Rae Stephens

Our stylishly turned out Dresser has assisted her Lady with the chemise, leggings, panniers and is now tightening the corset. The series of layers’ underneath clothing has purpose; the chemise was closest to the skin and served as nightgown, petticoat and under-blouse. The leggings provided warmth and good protection from tall grasses, low bushes and insects. Jumping to the corset, we know that it provided a particular feminine shape; a smaller waist, or larger bottom. And this, is where panniers totally take over the whole feminine shape idea; remember this famous picture of one of Marie Antoinette’s dresses …
Monday, 05 June 2017 10:12

Trying a Handheld Sewing Machine

I love sewing gadgets and the hand-held sewing machine stirred my curiosity too, but I didn't buy one. This is delightful, and thanks for trying it out for us!
Lauren Stowell created her company American Duchess to share creative, historical costume-making with interested people. Historical shoes proved to be hard to find, but let's hear it from her ... 
Monday, 05 June 2017 09:15

Alberta Ballet 50th Anniversary Video

Happy Anniversary to The Alberta Ballet! I worked as a dresser for the ballet when they performed at the University of Lethbridge, in 1983. I was thrilled to work professionally with the company in 1994, as Tour Mistress. It's a joy to see the company so strong today, continuing on it's amazing path ... enjoy
So, if the Oscar Awards show happens live ....when does the crew get to rehearse? Tune in to this video ...
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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.