The costumes are being placed on all the talent within the production. Make sure you have all of the materials on hand and have backup, with extra clothing, safety pins, needles and an array of sturdy colors of thread for things that may pop off or get ripped while a person is moving in action. It happens...It happens... Having a system and layout that your costume department as well as the talent can see within a flash of time (because they’re already concentrating on their lines and other responsibilities) it will make it as easy as pie. This way...costumes will be on hand when needed, checked out and checked back in daily to keep everything where it needs to be when it needs to be there. Order, organization, proper communication and consistency will pay off and have this department operating in a smooth flow during operations. Have fun and follow what systems have had success over the years. Different things can work for different productions. Talk to people whom you’ve known to be successful in this department. Observe what they do. Ask questions. Have fun with it all!

For each shade of actors, skin tones, set of features, etc. things will vary. In a production, there can be a lady, first tattered and torn and she suddenly transforms to a gleaming princess. Yes, plenty of Cinderella stories, but, the same actress can have two or more dramatically different looks within the same production. When you know in advance what is needed, you will have the set materials in advance. Also, remember to have makeup to touch up throughout those long shooting schedules.

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