What is a patten? (Or a bit of the old to take you into the new year)

If we travel through time moving backwards from today, we have to begin with golashes to end with pattens. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, golashes are: waterproof shoes, usually made of rubber, which you wear over your ordinary shoes to prevent them from getting wet. Perhaps you’ve seen these in a thrift store, vintage store,…

Inside The Lives Of Entertainment Riggers: Tora La Rosa

TheatreArtLife has connected with a number of Entertainment Riggers across the globe to bring you their stories, experience and advice on the very crucial roles and responsibilities Riggers hold in today’s industry. Tora La Rosa is currently based in Montreal but this woman is truly a global rigger, having taken projects in some of the…

If Beale Street Could Talk

From the Costume Institute of the African Diaspora… We did not shy away from color and the color is dialed up in the movie, absolutely. Read about the costume design for If Beale Street Could Talk here: Update 1/3/19-And again via Hollywood Reporter here: Costume designer Caroline Eselin-Schaefer and costume illustrations courtesy of Robin Richesson.

The Battle for Blood (or time to make the magic)

Big Love. Not that Big Love, but a modern retelling of Aeschylus’ The Suppliants by Charles L. Mee. Not familiar with The Suppliants? Don’t know the plot of Big Love? Click the links above if you want that sort of context, because this is not what this post is about. This post is about blood. Blood….

Red and Circle Mirror Transformation

After a series of terrific preliminary design meetings for two senior project plays directed by Donovan Olsen and Anthony Reale, we send out into the ether our excitement to support the vision that these designers and directors are working so hard to craft!

A Tale of Donations

So often the tale of donations in a costume shop is the tale of sadness. Throughout the years I’ve gotten so many donations from friends and family of clothing and accessories belonging to a loved one recently passed. Universally, these friends and family donate to extend the life of these garments and for them to…

Part 2, Project Runway, Walla Walla edition…

To recap, my astute readers, we left off going through stock and donated wedding dresses and found the following: Yep. We have an Austin Scarlett. Who? You know…Austin Scarlett. A Project Runway Season 1/Project Runway All-Stars… Attention must be paid. Right? Reverence must be given. Right? The past is immutable. A fixed point. Unable to…

Project Runway, Walla Walla edition…

A theatre’s costume shop is powered by donations, always with the best of intentions. Sometimes it is a personal downsizing, sometimes it is a loved one suffering from a loss that wants to gift their clothing to a known space for their things too live anew. Sometimes, as is the gift of a small town,…