IMG 0108RCA, or the Royal Costume Academy, is my new partner for life.  I took a vow to see this through richness and poorness, sickness and health.

I started teaching "Costuming in Film " workshops early this year at the Southern Costume Company. Besides finding a new venture for myself, I met so many other individuals with a passion for costuming and a desire to learn more. We met every Saturday for 3 hours, for 6 weeks. We broke down a script, got an intro to aging/dyeing, learned set and fitting room etiquette, as well as the ins and outs of wardrobe continuity. There were differnet guest speakers every week who specialized in various areas of the costume department.

The second workshop I held was a one day seminar led by the one and only Betty Besio.  Betty is a legend in our industry for creating a costume/script breakdown computer program called CPLOT. Betty introduced us all to the newest version, v3, of CPLOT. Check out www.prosanity.com for more info.

From these workshops, I have the idea to bring more specialized workshops to New Orleans.

It is my new dream to bring the most experienced and talented professionals in costume2012-02-04-12.00.18 arts to New Orleans. 

To start, I have sequestered the talents of the most amazing shoemaker, Jeff Churchill, who's worked with and amongst the greatest designers, including the late Eiko Ishioka. Jeff and I met in NYC when he was the head of wardrobe on the Cirque du Soleil show , ALEGRIA. He subsequently went on to become the head shoemaker for the underwater show LE REVE in Las Vegas. You can see a photo of Jeff and I hard at work in the "costumery" section.

I don't have the words to give his work justice, it's best to visualize it for yourself on his website wwww.jitterbugboy.com.

Even though I haven't  had the pleasure of working with Phyllis Thurber Moffit, I know she is a legend in the film community. She is a master fabric manipulator and textile artist. It is my pleasure and honor to host a workshop given by Phyllis here in New Orleans. Please be amazed at her list of credits on her imdb page http://imdb.com/name/nm0862131.

There will be a leather class given by Brianna White.  Brianna graduated from FIT with a degree in leather accessories and was recruited immediately to work as a technical engineer for COACH handbags in NYC.

The last class of the year will probably be a leotard/stretch fabric class. Belinda Lee Long has been a seamstress/costume maker in the Vegas community for 20 years starting with the Cirque du Soleil show, Mystere. She will teach a master class working with stretch fabrics and building leotards for gymnasts and acrobats. 

The next 6-week "Costuming in Film" workshop I will host starts in September.

Please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're interested in teaching or taking any of the above.

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