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Today's NCA 2019 Speaker In The Spotlight

Ken Burrell, Kansas City Costume Co.

Ken, a graduate from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Theatrical Design and Technology, speaks Friday on: "Introduction to Quality Stretch Fabrics and Their Adaptation to Store-Bought Patterns"

Ken's professional career began as an apprentice milliner for Colorado Shakespeare Festival in 1998. Since then he has worked as a wig/ make-up artist for the Utah Festival Opera, The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Utah Opera. While at Utah Opera, Ken was a stitcher and worked his way up to first-hand. In 2001, he moved to Kansas City and began working for Kansas City Costume Company where he learned cutting and draping which led him to becoming the head cutter/ draper for women’s clothing at Utah Opera and eventually a staff designer at Kansas City Costume Company. At KCCC Ken heads the Performance Wear Division which creates performance costumes for dance teams, special studio designs, and any person or group requiring clothing incorporating stretch fabrics.

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Stefan Cooke Reimagines Period Costume as College Attire

Scouring costume archives for inspiration, the duo created preppy headbands, loose-knit argyle sweater vests, and intricate—at times painstaking—laced up details from calico, Document Journal writes. 

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SPIDER-WOMAN is BACK (in Her Original Costume) with STRIKEFORCE

It’s been some time since Jessica Drew took the spotlight as Spider-Woman, but she’ll be back in action come this September, returning to her espionage roots as part of Marvel’s “ruthless” new black-ops team  Strikeforce from writer Tini Howard and artist German Peralta, according to

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How ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Uses Costumes to Denote Characters’ Mental States in Season 3

The iconic handmaid uniforms that have been seen on the steps of courthouses around the country in recent weeks are not the only focus of the story, Variety writes. 

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Dior Designer Debuts Ballet Costumes at Rome Show Dedicated to Philip Glass

Posted: April 3, 2019

Maria Grazia Chiuri, artistic director of the luxury fashion house, designed 16 costumes for the 'Nuit Blanche' performance at the Opera House.

"Maria Grazia Chiuri returned to her hometown of Rome on Thursday night to present her original costumes for the Nuit Blanche ballet, part of a multi-part dance performance dedicated to influential Academy Award-nominated American composer Philip Glass that runs through April 2 at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.

Glass has written numerous operas, symphonies, concertos, musical theatre pieces, and other chamber music, as well as film scores. His work earned him a Golden Globe for The Truman Showin 1998 (in which he has a cameo, performing at a piano) and a BAFTA Award for The Hours in 2002."

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