The Costume Supervisor's Toolkit explores the responsibilities of a Costume Supervisor within a theatrical, opera or dance production company. Rebecca Pride provides an insight into all manner of processes, beginning with a definition of the role, and offers explanations of the timeline from the first design meetings, leading all the way up to managing fittings and final rehearsals. This how-to guide outlines best working practices, including building a team and creating a Costume Bible, whilst also providing helpful resources such as sizing guides, a list of useful addresses, and case studies from renowned theatrical organizations.
Rebecca Pride is Course Leader for the award-winning BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design course at the Arts University Bournemouth. She spent 15 years prior to her career as an academic, working as a costume and set designer in the professional theatre. Her work at the Arts University has included producing numerous costume-led film projects, including Wimbledon Championships 1936-1937, Storytelling from an original point of view, Glass slippers, La Passarella, Reverie, Vampyr and Moulin Rouge.
Table of Contents List of Illustrations Foreword by Carol Lingwood Acknowledgements List of contributors: Introduction The Costume Supervisor as Facilitator Structure of the Book Chapter 1 What does a Costume Supervisor do? The Theatre Team Structure Defining the Role Chapter 2 Different Types and Genres of Production Large Scale Production of a Classic Twentieth Century Play Challenges Presented to the Costume Supervisor Modern British Musical Pantomime in a Large Provincial Theatre Challenges Presented to the Costume Supervisor Student Faculty Production of a Restoration Comedy in a Site Responsive Venue Challenges Presented to the Costume Supervisor Chapter 3 Developing Good Communication Skills Getting Hired First Design Meeting with Director, Designer and Production manager Listening Chapter 4 Setting Up Your Team Leadership Costume Roles and Responsibilities Setting up the Finance and Cash Flow for Your Production Chapter 5 Budgeting Creating a Costing Sheet Estimating Fabric Quantities Accessing Cash for Shopping Expeditions Receipt Management Purchase Orders Chapter 6 First Rehearsal and creating the Costume Bible First Rehearsal Taking Accurate Measurements and Etiquette Rules to be Observed When Measuring Actors Recording Information in the Costume Bible Chapter 7 Sourcing: Construct, Hire or Buy? Costume Hire Stores Shopping Chapter 8 Managing the Rehearsal Process Fittings Creating a Calm Fitting Space Chapter 9 Pre- tech rehearsal Tech Week Working with the Running Wardrobe Team Epilogue: Final Thoughts Appendices Appendix 1 Fabric Identification Guide Appendix 2 The Costume Supervisor's Contract Appendix 3 Gender Specific Measurement Forms Table Appendix.3.1 [Male Measurement Form] Table Appendix.3.2 [Female Measurement Form] Appendix 4 Sizing Guides Table Appendix.4.1 [Male Suit Size Guide] Table Appendix.4.2 [Female Size Guide] Table Appendix.4.3[Shoe size Guide] Table Appendix.4.4 [Glove size Guide] Appendix 5 Basic Excel Instructions Bibliography: Notes: Production Credits: Glossary of Terms: Useful Addresses: Index: List of Illustrations with Figure Captions, Cases, Illustrations, or Tables Authors Biography