Original costumes used for a show are constructed or built in the Costume Shop. The starting point is always the same; the costume design. Costume Designers discuss and describe in detail each costume that is to be built. When you overhear such a discussion, you'll hear words and phrases such as off the shoulder, fullness, hidden closures, drop waist, fitted, hidden pockets, empire line and princess line. These terms help the cutter understand how the competed costume should look and are then able to produce an accurate pattern.
Can you name 7 sections commonly found in aWardrobe Bible Book? The Bible Book is a three ringed binder that holds the complete wardrobe paperwork record for any project. Of course, the finished costumes and costume photographs are proof of the accomplished work, but the Bible Book also contains specific costume notes including special costume or fabric care or cleaning, dyeing and breakdown notes.
I'll never forget the first time I returned to the costume shop just as a person, whom I did not know, was holding a large piece of poster paper in one hand and was reaching towards my expensive cutting shears with the other. Yikes! I remember having a horrible feeling in my stomach; danger somehow ....
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.