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July 2004
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Kristina Tollefson
Costume Design & Technology Commission

The Costume Design & Technology Commission has three exciting ways to stay in touch and involved with Commission members and Commission activities online.

First, make a visit to and see the exciting changes in the web. From there, click on Special Interest Groups and then on Costume Design & Technology Commission. You can also click here and then add a bookmark to a favorite browser.

The first new feature of the site is the online submission form for the forthcoming revised edition of Projects for Teaching Costume Design and Technology. You will find the link to the form and contact information if you scroll down to the bottom of the front page. The second new section is the Traveling Sessions section. This is a list of sessions that our members have indicated they would be willing to present at regional section meetings and conferences. The details of each session are listed along with all of the requirements and contact information.

In addition to the sections on Conference activities and Costume Symposia, you will also there is find information on the various projects supported by the commission Commission including the Program Survey and the Commercial Pattern Archive. If you have an idea for a Conference Session, a new Commission project, or a Costume Symposium, you can find all the information you need at your fingertips.

We also have an active costuming community on the Costumer’s Info list and the Costume Locator Service which bring together hundreds of costuming professionals world-wide. On the Costumer’s Info list you 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, and internships and job openings. In the past, topics and discussions on the list have developed into panel sessions presented at the USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo.

With a membership of 470 there is usually someone who has faced a similar challenge and is excited to share that experiences. To join the Costumer’s Info list, send a blank e-mail to

If you ever rent costumes, you will find the Costume Locator service an invaluable resource. This community of people who operate rental programs and those who 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. If you would like to subscribe to the Costume Locator service, send a blank e -mail to

Both lists have a searchable archive so those that who join now can benefit from the discussions of the past. Searching the archives before posting a request may be all you need to do to answer your question. Entering “dye vats” into the Costumer’s Info archive, for example, will bring up all posts that contained any discussion of dye vats. 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.

Both services are moderated meaning the list moderator must approve each request or post. This insures the integrity of postings, allows the moderator to edit/combine duplicate messages as well as edit for clarity, and ensures that members are posting to the correct list for their inquiry.

The main features of both lists can be accessed through e-mail alone but both lists also have web pages where you can access additional resources. Both lists allow you to choose to receive either the individual message format (which may result in as many as 20 e-mails a day) or the digest format which compiles all of the day’s messages into one e-mail. You are automatically subscribed to 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 to you immediately upon subscribing.

Any member may belong to either list and we hope you will join both. Please spend some time looking around the websites, which have very detailed help sections. If you have any questions about these services that can not be answered by visiting us on the web, please contact the list moderators.

Costumer’s Info List
Moderator: Kristina Tollefson

Costume Locator List
Moderator: Kevin McCluskey

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Kristina Tollefson is Vice-Commissioner for Communications in the Costume Design & Technology Commission.