The Costumer's Manifesto: Many of you have Questions. I Don't haveall the Answers.
I get about 105 email a day, about 8 of which are questions from Manifesto fans. I can answer only a very few of them. Time spent answering individual questions sucks away the time spent on expanding the Manifesto for everyone. Many questions I don't have any good answer to in any case. I'm putting up this page to redirect questioners to places where they can find answers more quickly, since even the rare questions I do answer are rarely attended to swiftly. I work full time at UAF teaching and costuming, and my spare time is invariably taken up with maintaining and expanding the Manifesto. I'm sorry about this (being the "Dear Abby" of costuming was fun) but I feel it will be best for everyone if I concentrate on the Manifesto instead of individual email.
Someone who will answer serious costume inquires:
If you are a Jr. High or H.S. student who has been told you have to "interview" a costume designer or fashion designer for research on that career, please don't ask me for an interview. I get one of these inquires a week, all requiring I answer a page or more of questions that require long, complicated answers that suck time. Everything I have to say on the topic I post here:
What Do You do as a Costume Designer for a Living?If these answers are not enough for your report, there are also a host of online pages of similar interviews with costume designers that you can mine for the rest of the information you seek, all linked from the bottom of the
There is also now an online interview with me in
You can support my site by buying products offered by my affiliate sponsors:
For information about places where you can study costume design go here, , also see the links on the
People also want to know if I will make them a costume, or have one for sale. No, and no, but the people listed on the
Costumes for sale and rent page will either make one to order or have ones to sell or rent.
You can also post a question (or answer) to my threaded discussion page where the Manifesto fans answer each other's queries
There are also dozens of other
specialized costume eGroups and message boards where you can post questions. If you often have questions, consider
joining a Costume e-list in your area of focus. You can then get regular correspondence from others working on your types of costume.
My Advice and How-to links lead to the answers for many of you, both with pages of my answers and to outside pages that offer helpful advice.
Then there are outside pages of FAQ on a variety of costume topics you may find appropriate:
Some of the most common Questions are who am I, where do I live, etc.
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