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August 2014


Commission Offers Online Opportunities for Costume Info

The Costume Design & Technology Commission has three exciting ways to stay in touch and involved with Commission members and activities online – its website, the Costumer's Info List, and the Costume Locator Service.

The website offers information on the Commission and its activities, but members will also find information on the various projects it supports including the Program Survey and the Commercial Pattern Archive. If Costume Commission members have an idea for a Conference Session, submission information can easily be found on the web site.

On the Costumer's Info List, subscribers can exchange sources, ideas, techniques, and products used in any area of theatrical costuming. Subscribers post questions ranging from machinery recommendations, to dye techniques, textbooks and web sources, internships and job openings. In the past, topics and discussions on the list have developed into panel sessions presented at the Annual Conference & Stage Expo. With a membership of over 500, there is someone out there who has faced the same challenges and would be excited to share experiences. To join the Costumer's Info list send a blank e-mail to Kristina Tollefson,, moderates the list.

For renting costumes, members will find the Costume Locator service an invaluable resource. This community of people operating rental programs and those looking to rent costumes for productions are able to find each other quickly. The list is not responsible for setting up or monitoring transactions, but for getting people in touch with one another. To subscribe to the Costume Locator service send a blank email to Kevin McCluskey,, moderates this service.

Each list has a searchable archive, so those who join can benefit from the discussions of the past. Searching the archives before posting a request may be all new subscribers need to do in order to find an answer to a question. Rental sources are stored in the Costume Locator archive. Entering the term "witch" will bring up multiple sources for Into the Woods or any other show where witches were discussed.

The main features of both lists can be accessed through email alone, but both lists also have web pages with additional resources. Both lists allow the choice to receive either the individual message format (which may result in as many as 20 emails a day on the info list) or the digest format which compiles all of the day's messages into one e-mail. New subscribers are automatically enrolled in the individual message format and can switch to digest by sending an e-mail to or Guidelines for use can be found in the "files" section on the Costumer's Info web site and will be e-mailed immediately upon subscribing.

Any member may belong to either list, and the Commission encourages using both lists.