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ricRACK  is my baby.
I've been looking for ways to bring costuming skills to neighborhood children in New Orleans.

It frustrated and saddened me to see children at Halloween, and throughout the year, not dressed up, especially, in a city with such a rich heritage in costuming.

Once I heard about the Freret Neighborhood Center's Great Halloween Costume Giveaway , I started seeing the ways my world of film/tv costuming could combine with costuming lots of children at Halloween.           

On the costume side of the film/tv business, we deal so much with logistics and timing.  We have to coordinate the dressing of 400 background at a wedding or prepare to make 50 people look like walking zombies as fast as possible

At Freret, they started the costume giveaway years ago with 100 kids showing up to get their free costume or facepainted, not to mention games and prizes.  It's a super great event. Now, with the aid of the Junior League and loads of volounters, the event has grown to over 400 kids. I think this would be a great opportunity to teach children costuming skills.  And what better way to do it, than with costumes that are donated.

I have built up great relationships with costume houses and theatres over my years in the business, and know that there is limited space to keep all their costumes.  As each new production/film/tv show buys or builds new costumes, they must make way to store them.
It is my dream to contact the rental houses and theatre depts to ask for donations of their gently used costumes, supplies, or sewing machines.

I want to organize clinics at different neighborhood centers at Halloween that would bring the donations and our skilled costume volunteers together with children to teach them how to dream and "repurpose" clothing or costumes.  They'll have the opportunity to learn to sew, paint, glue, or embellish using their imagination.

This project will hopefully get it's funding from kickstarter.com.  I expect we will incur most of our costs in the shipping of donated costumes from around the country and then organizing the costumes and supplies.

I am so excited to get to get the support and enthusiasm from the film community. Hollywood Trucks has donated the use of a cube truck to deliver the racks of costumes to the different community centers. Dozens of costumers have come forward to volunteer their time. My recent trip to Los Angeles and Las Vegas secured donations from the Universal Studios Costume Rental house, (thanks Poppy!), as well as numerous performers from the Cirque du Soleil community in Las Vegas.

If you would like to donate financially to this cause, please visit our indiegog site.....http://www.indiegogo.com/ricRACK?a=782856.


If you would like to donate your costumes, trim, fabrics, old scissors and tools,  please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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