When Film Costumes Are Recognised So Will Their Designers

While archiving significant film costumes is now commonplace many gems of the first century of film are lost. More to the point, many efforts to preserve these pieces as collections have failed despite huge collector interest.  The reason comes down to a historic failure to recognise the significant contribution of the female-dominated world of costume … Read more

Making Historical Costumes Work for Performers

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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

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