ArtsAlive.ca – The Secret Life of Costumes

Glossary of Terms: true or false?

1. A Cutter in a theatrical wardrobe needs special skills and training/experience.

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2. The Milliner is the craftsperson with the skills to create historical wigs.

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3. “Notes” in theatre refer to the small cards given on Opening Night to wish the participants a “Good Show!”

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4. The Director is the person who makes the artistic decisions when a play is in rehearsal.

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5. The First Hand directs how the Cutter will go about creating the costume pattern.

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6. The shortest Quick Change on record is 59 seconds.

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7. A theatre critic routinely sits in on dress rehearsals in preparation for writing the review.

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8. Head of Wardrobe spends most of his or her time at the sewing machine.

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9. A fabric swatch is the large roll of material from which the buyer purchases a number of metres.

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10. You wouldn’t send an actor onstage in a costume that had been basted together.

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11. If you are buying a large number of stockings, you could say that you were shopping for hose.

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12. The “Preliminaries” in design refer to the first discussions between the Director and the Costume Designer.

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13. A costume coming from stock is one that has been saved from another show to be reused.

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14. The Costume Plot is created by the costume designer as a means of tracking who wears what in any scene.

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15. Breakdown is the process of taking the finished costume after it has been seen under theatre lights and making it look older, or more worn than it is.

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