A recap of the 2018 USITT Costume Symposium held July 25-27 in the costume shop of the Utah Shakespeare Festival
A recap of the 2018 USITT Costume Symposium held July 25-27 in the costume shop of the Utah Shakespeare Festival

Video Recap of the USITT 2018 Costume Symposium

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Twenty-six participants created 26 unique breastplates during the 2018 Costume Symposium in Cedar City, UT that was held July 25-27. Costume department heads, designers, and costume shop owners came out to Utah for three days to learn how to use Worbla and to see how it can be used in the theater industry for future projects. Here's a look at some of the fun that was had by all those involved. {youtube}v=NtH6K9D0ang{/youtube}

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Maison Duvelleroy, the last house of fans in Paris
Maison Duvelleroy, the last house of fans in Paris

Friday Find: The Last House of Fans, Paris

Michael Eddy

Calling all Costume and Props Designers and Artisans, here’s the last house of fans, Maison Duvelleroy in Paris. There are a lot of beautiful fans and fan ephemera (Be sure to check out document, The Language of Fans) to inspire your designs. Messy Nessy Chic has a great video of this shop that’s preserving and reviving the art of fans. The company is still in existence after 190 years thanks to the discovery of the original company’s archives that had been preserved in an attic for decades. Maison Duvelleroy crafted fans for Queen Victoria and the Empress of Russia. {youtube}v=rIMrxEtNn2w{/youtube}

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A-Hoy! Leave Your Phone At Home!

Michael Eddy

Here's the Alexander Graham Bell ad from Geico. Who knew that annoying phone calls interrupted theater that far back? Well, Bell is credited with inventing the telephone, so I guess we can cut him some slack, but what's the deal with answering the phone, Ahoy?!

What's your favorite part of this commercial? I personally like the actor getting distracted and caught up in the balloon's basket and going for a ride!
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LACMA exhibition of Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage
LACMA exhibition of Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage

A Look Back at the LACMA Exhibition Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage

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A year ago this week, LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) in Los Angles opened the Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage. The exhibition concentrated on Marc Chagall’s designs for four productions for the stage—the ballets Aleko, set to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1942), The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky (1945), Daphnis and Chloéby Maurice Ravel (1958), and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute (1967). The exhibition featured the artist’s vibrant costumes and set designs—some of which had never been exhibited since they appeared on stage. Though you might have missed the exhibition it is worth getting a look at the exhibition in this video that brings together the worlds of art, music, and costume design to reflect on Chagall's designs for the ballet and opera. Featuring costume designer Albert Wolsky, costume historian Bobi Garland, visual artist Frances Stark, opera director and Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage exhibition designer Yuval Sharon, LACMA installation specialist Melinda Kerstein, and LACMA curators of Costume & Textiles Clarissa Esguerra and Kaye Spilker. 

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Titanic The Musical, presented by Serenbe Playhouse. Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus
Titanic The Musical, presented by Serenbe Playhouse. Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus

Serenbe Playhouse Sinks the Titanic, Nightly

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This summer, the Serenbe Playhouse is producing Titanic: The Musical in which the ship is submerged nightly. Here’s a video documentary on the design and installation process as well as the actors and stunt coordinator working on this ambitious production that features Serenbe’s Artistic Director and Director of Titanic, Brian Clowdus along with Set Designer, Adam Koch, and Associate Designer, Steven Royal: {youtube}v=dU78EGjZLHY{/youtube}

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