Valuable Textiles Stolen From Museum

A social media campaign has arisen reporting the theft of valuable items from the Printed Textile Museum in Mulhouse, France. According to the post the missing items include many printed fabric sample books from the 18th-20th century, gouaches, paisley fabrics and shawls, over 400 historic Hermes scarves and more. The post read: “CALL FOR VIGILANCE: DISAPPEARING … Read more

The Big and Bold Challenge for Costume Designers

A Series of Unfortunate Events

You only need to take a look in your local department store to see the immense size and quality of modern television screens aimed at the common family. Ultra-high-definition has given every broadcast a strangely smooth quality full of contrast and impeccable detail. Unfortunately one of the production departments with the biggest tasks with rising … Read more

Met Curator Opens Textile Museum in Romania

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A Romanian textile collection has been opened to the public to display approximately 12,000 textiles and tools collected over forty years.  The Muzeul Textilelor, owned by Florica and Romulus Nicolae Zaharia and their daughter Ana Teodora Dragus, is the first museum of its kind in Romania and is believed to be the first in all … Read more

Making Historical Costumes Work for Performers

making historical costumes work for performers

Making costumes that fit with an aesthetic or historical period that still allow performers maximum comfort is a difficult task for costumers and the two rarely overlap. Costume designer Fay Fullerton joined the Royal Opera House’s prestigious costume department in 1977 and worked her way up the ranks until 2013 when she was appointed Head of Costume. That … Read more

“Costume-Making is Dying. We Can’t Get the Skills.”

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The head of costume at the Royal Opera House has said that a lack of practical training has put the costume industry under threat. “It’s an area that is almost dying, and that’s so sad. When we try to recruit, it’s difficult to get the skills that we need,” said Fay Fullerton, who got her first … Read more

Costume Hire Houses Are Under Threat

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Creative cities are expensive cities and the space required to store thousands of valuable costume pieces is in high demand from developers. Hero Frock Hire has been supplying the screen industry with costumes for 25 years but is now one of the last costume houses in Australia dedicated to screen. Suzy Carter and husband Mark … Read more

Costumers Are More Psychologists than Designers

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Feature film costume designer Shay Cunliffe has shed light on some of the role of her profession when confronting clashing creatives in the film industry as well as the vulnerabilities of many actors. She trained at the University of Bristol in England and began her design career in the New York theater. Her first job … Read more

Met’s Head Costume Conservator on her Career Path

Sarah Scaturro, head conservator for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has revealed her intense path to her highly-desirable profession. In an interview by Artnet, she explained her university education of Italian and ancient history at the University of Colorado Boulder followed by a Masters in fashion and textile studies at New … Read more

Confronting Elitism in the Costume Industry

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A costume designer has told The Stage about the difficulty faced by working class people trying to break into the industry. Having written extensively on the fight for better recognition of the costume profession Catherine Kodicek and has “come out” about her modest background. Savings and Family Money “Let’s be clear: without the cushion of family … Read more

Five Reasons It’s Not OK To Ask For Free Sewing (And Why You Shouldn’t Give it)

Why it's not ok to ask for free sewing

“Oh, you sew? That’s great. Can you hem my trousers? Fix my curtains? Make me one of those?” Anyone who can sew knows these questions all too well but often the answer isn’t so clear. Time and again they get lured in with a smile and the opportunity for a good deed only to be … Read more