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A Practical Guide to Greener Theatre by Ellen E. Jones

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Chapter 11

Costume Construction

Sustainability for the Human Element

Costumers are among the savviest people I know, although I admit a certain bias. I am constantly amazed by their fortitude, imagination, and tenacity. Because most everyone gets dressed in the morning, there is a sense that “anyone” can be a costumer. Indeed, truly great design looks natural and effortless. Anyone who has had a hand in it knows this to be the furthest thing from the truth. Costuming lives at the crossroads of high art and everyday living. Costumers bridge the gap between production and performance. Amongst technicians, we have the unique position of constant interaction with the cast because our work requires their presence and participation at many stages. ...

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