Costume college: day 2 – Collections Tour (part one)

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  1. Ellira says:

    *drools* Books and costumes … that sounds like heaven. Looks like you’re having lots of fun!

  2. Bookfinder .com will help you find books w/o the ISBN – you just need author or title. I use it for music stuff all the time (and makeup/wig books for Denise).

    Costuming a show isn’t that difficult. You start by reading the script/synopsis to get a feel for the main characters, then you talk to the director to understand their vision for period & style, then you start pulling swtches and sketching ideas for each character throught the show.

    Then reality sets in, as they mentioned. It’s also a good idea to begin working on relationships within existing theater groups, since (very often) shows are simply “picked” from existing stock at various theaters. It’s cheaper than making new costumes.

    If you are really interested in costuming a show, let me know,as Denise can help you with that – Livermore Opera is doing the Cav/Pag double bill this October (that’s an easy one to start on). But there will be others in the spring Denise could probably swing a visit to the SF Opera costume facility if you haven’t already been there.

    (Also, I don’t know how your relationship with Nathalie R. is, but she could probably get you in on the opera workshop at SJSU).

  3. Kimiko says:

    I went on a similar tour to Western Costume several years ago my first year at Costume College. What a great place to get lost in. Did you get to see their pair of ruby slippers or the Marilyn Monroe dress of yards and yards of chiffon (I think) fabric?

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