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Professional Costumes, Shipped to Your Door

[article originally published at TDF Stages, December 4, 2014.]

How TDF’s Costume Collection works with out-of-state designers

(L-R) Thomasina and Septimus in Washington College production of Arcadia. Image by Paul Gilespie.

(L-R) Thomasina and Septimus in Washington College production of Arcadia. Image by Paul Gilespie.

Earlier this year, designer Joe Kucharski had to costume a production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia in a hurry. “I was to just show up for a week, do fittings, immediately go into tech, and leave,” he recalls, and since the show was being produced at Maryland’s Washington College, he knew the school’s modest theatre department couldn’t necessarily provide him with outfits for the 19th-century poets and scholars roaming through Stoppard’s play.

That’s why Kucharski called TDF’s Costume Collection, a massive facility in Astoria that rents professional costumes to non-profit and small-scale productions. And while New York-based customers can fetch clothes and accessories themselves, the Collection also ships pieces anywhere in the country. That means designers from Washington College to Washington State can find a doublet or a petticoat in a pinch. The out-of-towners especially rely on Debbi Hobson, the Costume Collection’s Staff Designer. A freelance designer and instructor herself, she chats with artists about what their productions need, then suggests items from the Collection’s stock.

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© Martha Wade Steketee (December 4, 2014)

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