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LSU Costume Design: Styling the Stage One Vision, One Outfit, One Hairstyle at a Time

Posted: Aug. 29, 2019

The phantom’s mask from "Phantom of the Opera." Annie’s red dress in "Annie." Elphaba’s green makeup in "Wicked."

Iconic costumes and makeup shape the way audiences remember any production. The process of costume design is challenging but crucial. In the LSU School of Theatre, this process is celebrated and offered through both undergraduate and graduate programs, the Reveille reports. 

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Caption: LSU Assistant Professor of Costume Technology Kyla Kazuschyk.



Nashville Legend Teaches Vanderbilt Students the Art of ‘Slow Fashion’

Posted Aug. 29, 2019

Students in a Vanderbilt class took a unique hands-on look into the history of fashion and sustainability with the help of Nashville fashion design icon Manuel Cuevas. Manuel is best known for creating couture “rhinestone cowboy” designs for Elvis, the Beatles, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Kid Rock and others, [email protected] reports.

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Couture fashion design icon Manuel Cuevas in his Nashville studio.



Fan Conventions For This Labor Day Weekend

This list is courtesy of

Dragon Con 2019 August 29 - September 2, 2019 Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree
Atlanta, GA
Indiana Comic Convention 2019 August 30 - September 1, 2019 Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, IN
MetaCon 2019 August 30 - September 1, 2019 Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN
Long Beach Comic Con 2019 August 31 - September 1, 2019 Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
Long Beach, CA
OtakuFest 2019 August 31 - September 1, 2019 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center
Miami, FL

This Tucson Costume Designer has Stitched Together Decades of Gaslight Theatre Fashion

Posted: Aug. 20

A time-traveling mad scientist. Swashbuckling pirates in search of lost treasure. And a space princess determined to have intergalactic peace.

These colorful characters brought to life on the Gaslight Theatre’s stage all have something in common — what they wear — the electrifying white wig, eye patches and sparkly teal dress with a crown to match — all come from Tucson’s own Gaslight Costume Shoppe, reports

Renée Cloutier, Gaslight’s head costume designer, first created the theater’s costumes from home in the early 1980s.

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Caption: Gaslight Theatre’s founder, Tony Terry, says Renée Cloutier’s dedication to costuming makes his job running the theater easier. “Nobody has to tell her ‘Hey, I want you to do a great job,’” Terry says. “She’s an absolute gem and I don’t know how other theaters get by without Renée doing their costumes.” Credit: 


William & Mary's Theatre’s Scene, Costume Shops Settle Into Temporary Homes

Posted: Aug. 20

Organization has been the key to moving and resetting the massive scene and costume operations that William & Mary theatre uses to teach students and create the university’s productions.

While Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall is being renovated for two to three years, the two operations have been relocated to the nearby Dillard Complex. Classes will continue to be held there this fall, with scenery and costumes created and transported for performances at the Kimball Theatre.

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Caption: William & Mary Theatre Technical Director Brian Saxton shows off the department's new Scene Shop at the Dillard Complex, which will be used during renovation of Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall.  Photo by Stephen Salpukas

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