Costume Technology

I know a lot of us think of technology as the latest iPhone or MacBook.  But I wanted to take a minute to give a shout out to the people I work alongside everyday, the costume technology majors.  The “technology” being the literal action of being able to construct a garment from nothing more than a picture.  The knowledge and skill that goes into something like that is immense, and the raw talent and patience even more so.  Understanding grains of fabrics, fibers within fabrics, working on wefts or the bias, the technology that goes into a piece of clothing is rather advanced.  People tend to think expensive clothing is just for a label, most of the time it is not.  The craftsmanship and expertise that goes into making something a finely tailored suit is a technological skill few people these days even have.  Being able to tell a well made garment from a cheap mass-production can take a trained eye, but it is well worth knowing.  So next time something seems too expensive just for a label, take a look at the inside, how are the seams finished?  Is the fabric cut perfectly on grain? Is the fiber a protein or natural fiber? Or man made?  Technology spans so much further than what we think of day to day and I feel it is important to remember that.

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About mlkutch

I am currently a student at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University studying costume design. In my spare time I love running, lifting, crossfit, riding horses, traveling with my boyfriend, and listening to Bruce Springsteen. I currently live in New Brunswick, but permanently reside just outside of Philadelphia.

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