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Costume Design &
Technology Projects

Patricia Martin
Commissioner, Costume Design & Technology

One of the most important functions of USITT's Commissions is to encourage and support encourage research that ultimately will benefit all members. The Costume Design & Technology Commission provides members with opportunities to share ideas, to exchange information, to develop professionally and to affect the future welfare and development of those in the field by endorsing projects that will benefit the profession and support its goals.

The Costume Design & Technology Commission recently secured funding for a new project created by Kristina Tollefson, The Costume Plot Database, and continues to support a number of ongoing projects that benefit members. These projects include:

  • The Commercial Pattern Archives, project chair Joy Emery;
  • The Costume Locator Service, project chair Kevin McClusky;
  • OISTAT Costume Working Group Web Page, project chair Laura Crow;
  • The Costume Research Database, project chair Deb Krajec;
  • Costume Design & Technology Traveling Sessions, project chair Deb Krajec;
  • The Survey of Costume Design & Technology Programs, project chair Judy Adamson.

Read more about these projects by visiting the new Costume Design & Technology Commission website. You can also go to the USITT page, click on Commissions, and then click on Costume Design & Technology Commission.

According to the By-Laws of the Institute, projects can include research, experimentation, investigation, collection of data, problem analysis, exchange of ideas and exhibitions, and other forms of study leading to the acquisition of knowledge and improvement in technology. One person or a group of many may conduct projects. A project can be regional or national in scope, and it can be a short term or long-term undertaking. A successful project proposal can be eligible for up to $1,000 in funding.

To make a proposal for a project, include the following components:

  • A description of the project.
  • A statement describing how the project will benefit the members of the USITT Costume Design & Technology Commission.
  • A budget for the project indicating the amount of funding required to support the project, and any matching funds that might be available.
  • A calendar showing the schedule for the work.

Examples of successful project proposals are available upon request. Send all proposals to: Pat Martin, Commissioner, Costume Design & Technology Commission, 619 Kimpel Hall, Drama Department, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72704; phone 479-575-3679 office; fax 479-575-7602; or e-mail

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