Theatre Design

How to Make a Gaston Costume

Another costuming article for Beauty and the Beast.  This one is about buying, renting or building a Gaston Costume.   From the shirt, vest, pants, boot toppers and even arm gauntlets, all the best suggestions on creating a fantastic Gaston look for a production of Beauty and the Beast.  Related posts: Costumes for Beauty and the Beast on a Budget How to Make a Lumiere Costume How to Make a Mrs. Potts

Directory of Costume Rental Shops

This article I wrote is meant to be a directory of costume shops from around the United States.  In this article on Squidoo, you can add costume shops that were left off the list (by region) and also vote shops up or down based on their service or quality.  Comments are also allowed. Related posts: How to Wash and Care for Costume Wigs Questions to Ask Before you Rent Costumes How

Questions to Ask Before you Rent Costumes

Here’s an article I wrote on Squidoo that walks you through everything you need to know about working with a costume rental house for the first time.  I managed a costume rental shop for nearly a decade and am using that experience to share with you the most important things you’ll need to know before signing on the dotted line!  Great info for those in charge of ordering theatrical costumes for

Labeling Costumes for Theater Stock

This article on Squidoo.com is one of my most popular costuming articles.  If you have a theater stock and are thinking about conducting an inventory labeling project, this is great information for you.  The article outlines all the pros and cons of different labeling systems and resources you can use.  I’ve conducted a successful labeling project of 30,000 costumes, and you can learn from that experience! Related posts: Costumes for Beauty

How to Wash and Care for Costume Wigs

This article I wrote for Squidoo.com explains how to wash and care for costume-quality wigs.  This is a specific costume wig care article that deals with the special care that these mid-range quality wigs require.  These are nicer than Halloween wigs, and yet need more specialized care than top quality wigs do to keep them looking great for as many productions as possible. Related posts: Directory of Costume Rental Shops How

How to Take Body Measurements for Costumes

This article carefully outlines every step in taking measurements for costumes in a theatre production.  This is no ordinary sewing measurement how-to article, it deals specifically with the ins and outs of measurements for theatre.  Best practices, tips, even risk management and treating your actors or volunteers with respect and care through the process. Related posts: Costumes for Beauty and the Beast on a Budget Labeling Costumes for Theater Stock How

How to Organize a Costume Shop

Introduction Organizing costumes in storage can be a lot of work for organizations like schools, community theatres or colleges. It’s a rewarding project if you’re willing to put the time into it. In this article, we’ll go through the three main steps of organizing a costume stock: cleaning out, organizing and putting systems in place. Many organizations choose to keep a stock of costumes because it is less expensive to keep

mrs Potts costume

How to Make, Build, Buy or Rent a Beauty and the Beast Mrs. Potts Teapot Costume If you’re in a production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and are playing Mrs. Potts, the enchanted teapot, this is the best place to find information on making, buying, building or renting a Mrs. Potts costume for that production. I have links to other helpful articles all about taking measurements, costuming Beauty and the

How to Make a Lumiere Costume

Buy, Build or Rent a Beauty and the Beast Lumiere Costume If you’re in a production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and are playing Lumiere, the enchanted candlestick, this is the best place to find information on making, buying, building or renting a Lumiere costume for that production. I was a professional costumer for ten years, and I worked mostly with community theatres and high schools that were on a

Costumes for Beauty and the Beast on a Budget

This article is all about how to costume a production of Beauty and the Beast, all on a budget.  First, I discuss whether you should make, rent or build the costumes and then give you tips on all of those three options.  Check out the links to other Beauty and the Beast costuming articles while you’re there. Related posts: How to Make a Gaston Costume Best Beauty and the Beast Cast