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Costume Industry Coalition | One Year Later – The Entertainment Industry Shutdown

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTheatre Buzz • March 13, 2021

On March 12th, 2020 the entertainment industry shutdown. It came to a screeching halt and all entertainment industry-related businesses ceased operations. By May the Costume Industry Coalition began to organize and mobilize. Initially it included the costume makers in New York City but quickly they began to recognize the industry is an ecosystem that includes dressmakers, tailors, milliners, crafters along with embroiderers, pleaters, painters, shirt makers, printers, knitters, beaders, sculptors, plus specialty vendors, the last costume rental shop in the city and the dry cleaner to Broadway. Here’s a video from the CIC looking back at this past year.

The CICs over 500 costume artisans and experts are involved in every aspect of the costume industry, from concept to care. Since they started, they’ve partnered with a non-for-profit fiscal sponsor, The Artisans Guild of America, and began fundraising for its Recovery Fund. They also began lobbying the government to ensure the creative economy gets the relief it needs. A year later they are still recovering but they are ALL ready to get back to work. They’ve travelled a very long road and they know they still have a long way to go. But as the entire entertainment industry is poised to begin its recovery, the support they have received has fortified them with the strength to push forward. The Costume Industry Coalition can’t thank you enough.

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