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Online Communities Provide Wealth of Information

Kristiana Tollefson
Co-Commissioner, Costume Design & Technology

The Costume Design & Technology Online Communities continue to support members, and two of the most popular offerings are the Costume Info and Costume Locator e-mail lists.

The Costume Info list celebrated its eight year anniversary in April and, by the time this is published, will likely have recorded its 6,000th post and 600th member. This e-mail list enables members to exchange sources, ideas, techniques, and products used in any area of theatrical costuming.

Subscribers post questions ranging from machinery recommendations to dye techniques, textbooks, web sources, internships, and job openings. This list does not accept rental inquiries of any kind. To join the Costumer’s Info list, send a blank e-mail to

The Costume Locator service is the place to send any rental inquiries large or small. Inquiries have ranged from a single suit, to the Equus heads, to entire productions. No request is too large or too small. Archive searches can provide information on whether someone has posted a particular item in the past. The list is only responsible for getting people in touch with each other, not for transaction processes. To subscribe to the CostumeLocator service, send a blank e-mail to

Both services are moderated, and the list moderator must approve each request or post. This ensures 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. Therefore, it is normal for there to be a few days from the time of posting to the distribution of messages. The main features of both lists can be accessed through e-mail alone but both lists have web pages to access additional resources. Both lists allow the choice of individual message format or digest format which compiles all of the day’s messages into one e-mail. New members are automatically subscribed to the individual message format and can switch to digest by sending an e-mail to or Anyone may belong to either list or both. Spend some time looking around the websites, which have very detailed help sections. For additional information, contact the list moderators:

Costumer’s Info List Moderator, Kristina Tollefson:

  • Website
  • Subscribe;
  • Digest;
  • No mail (vacation setting);
  • Individual Messages;
  • Post message

Costume Locator List Moderator Kevin McCluskey;

  • Website;
  • Subscribe;
  • Digest;
  • No mail (vacation setting) costumelocator-nomail@yahoogroups.comIndividual;
  • Messages;
  • Post message

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