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October 2004
News & Notices
News From:
Conference & Stage Expo
For the Record
Tantalizing Sessions
To Tempt in Toronto

Lori Hartenhoff
Costume Design & Technology Vice-Commissioner for Programming

The Costume Design & Technology Commission offers a great variety of topics for the Toronto 2005 Annual Conference & Stage Expo.

Whether you work in education or professional theatre, design or technology, several sessions are sure to interest you. Each day offers something for everyone.

On Wednesday, March 16, Canada's own Linda Sparks, the owner of Farthingales, will give an undercover look at undergarments in "Basics of Period Underwear." Many samples of bustles, corsets, petticoats, and crinolines will be available.

They will help illustrate such things as the difference between an Elizabethan corset and a Victorian corset and what makes a crinoline not a petticoat. Come benefit from Ms. Sparks' expertise

The annual Costume Design & Technology Commission Meeting, in its new interactive format, follows on Wednesday evening. Costume artisans are encouraged to attend, share ideas, learn about upcoming programming, symposia and costume projects, and network with new and old friends.

Thursday evening, several costume design educators with very active freelance careers, will lead "Developing The Costume Design Idea." Gweneth West, Laura Crow, Marianne Custer, and Susan Tsu will share their creative process and guide participants in a sketching session.

Kristina and Jason Tollefson will get everyone inspired bright and early Friday with "Online Portfolios: Where Do I Start?" Whether a student, professor, or freelance costumer, this session should help lessen the stress of creating a digital record of your work. The pair will answer questions and make the digital transition less intimidating.

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Conference sessions presented by all the commissions, including the Costume Design & Technology Commission, always draw audiences willing to work and/or listen.