Dyeing is another tool used in costuming; to completely change the colour or use more as an effect; to age clothing. The colours used dictate the effect. This video explains the basics of how to dye in a bucket, in a pot on top of the stove and how to dye a pair of leather boots. It's important organize your work space and to gather all your supplies and tools first; rubber gloves, washing sink with hot and cold water,dryer or drying rack, measuring cups, spoons, hot plate or stove, dyes and timer. Make sure your fabric or garment is wet before you place into the dye bath.
Colour is a very important tool in costume design because in most societies, certain colours have certain connotations.
For example, white usually shows purity and is often used for weddings, while black is often used for funerals. Throughout history, colours have been used to show different characteristics and also convey emotions, from hot to cool; for example a red dress worn by a boisterous character. The designer can use this idea to deepen the connection between the characters and the action of the story; to use colour and texture to help create characters that remain with the audience, long after the show is over.
Costumers work with many different styles of woman's shoes and footwear; ranging from fabulous stiletto heels, pumps and boots to flat ballet shoes. Each pair of shoes need to be inspected to determine whether or not it needs to be cleaned, conditioned or touched up before the show or between performances. Basic Shoe Care principles apply, but begin with a visual inspection.
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.