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Poll: The State of the Costume Industry

The Costume Rag stands for a profession whose purpose in life is to bring beauty, art and wonder into a troubled world. Unfortunately those who choose to follow such a path with years of specialist training face poor wages and short contracts - and ...

Costumers Are More Psychologists than Designers

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 ...

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 ...

Confronting Elitism in the Costume Industry

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" ...

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

"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 ...

The Trials of Freelance Costuming

Costume is a difficult and tedious profession to navigate on its own but the fact that most of it involves working as a "career-freelancer" has a huge impact on professionals' finances, spare time and family. The BBC's Sherlock and Lady ...

Five Essentials to Surviving the Costume Profession

Eve Salter went freelance after 22 years working for Granada Studios and ITV on major TV shows and faced a gruelling schedule to get established independently while also raising her son as a single mother. "The odds were against me even with a ...

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