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The Costume Supervisor’s Toolkit by Rebecca Pride

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CHAPTER 2 Different Types and Genres of Production

The work of the costume supervisor may seem relatively straightforward to a costume student or early-stage professional, but the processes and skills are difficult to acquire without experience. There are sadly no shortcuts, and you just have to learn by jumping in! It is important to remember that the basic requirements of the costume supervisor’s role are the same for any size or genre of production: ‘realizing the designer’s creative vision within the constraints of the production budget’.1 However, the scale of the production can present different problems and issues, so I have interviewed supervisors from each type of show, and will refer to their experience of the challenges and processes ...

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