December 2013

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December 2013


OISTAT Costume Group Invites Institute Members to Events

Margaret Mitchell

OISTATThe OISTAT Costume Design Group, led by Lise Klitten of Denmark and Katzue Hatano of Japan, continues to create active programming full of exciting projects, international gatherings, and cross-cultural exchanges of ideas and practices related to costume. USITT members are automatically members of OISTAT and are welcome to participate in projects, symposia, exhibitions and festivals.

The next symposium will be held in the Netherlands and Belgium, April 3 to 6. The symposium is twofold: the first portion will focus on conservation and restoration of costumes and textiles at the Breda Museum. The second portion, entitled "Costume Design In Performance," will be presentations made to design students about the current profession, the creative process, or costume making techniques. A call for papers has been issued by e-mail and through the CDG's Facebook page. Tina Matulessy, curator of textiles, ( is organizing the conservation presentations in Breda. Jerome Maeckelbergh of theatrEurope ( is the organizer for the "Costume Design in Performance" papers. In order to keep costs down, accommodations in Antwerp will be at the Dark Night, the 16th century home of the Maeckelbergh family.

Igor Roussanoff is organizing an international costume exhibition in Bakhrushin Central Theatre Museum, Moscow, Russia. This exhibition will include digital images of costume designs of the last 30 years printed on high quality paper with high quality resolution. The submission deadline is March. Low resolution submissions should be sent to Igor Roussanoff at The exhibition is planned for the summer of 2015, after the 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Art & Design. Other exciting international costume exhibitions for 2016 in Romania and the Philippines are in the planning stages.

The CDG meeting in São Paulo, Brazil August 10 to 15 is themed "E-scapes- The Exploration of Escaping Traditional Boundaries of Performance and Its Design." It will be held in conjunction with the Performance Design and Education Commissions. The call for papers is forthcoming. Contact Rosane Muniz at‎ for more information. United States citizens must obtain a tourist visa from the Brazilian Embassy in order to visit Brazil.

The Costume Design Group maintains a Facebook page. Information is also available on the OISTAT website.