(Spring) Cleaning Powers!

Spring is here…

…and that means time for spring CLEANING!

The cleaning of costumes should always be done professionally or with care, but what happens when you have an emergency on set?

  • How do you get that stain out of the actor’s shirt before he’s called to set?
  • How do you refresh the armpits of a shirt or dress that is worn over and over?
  • How do you keep rental shoes healthy for multiple wears?

Never fear! SCC has great tips, tricks, and products to help resolve and prevent some of set life’s costume mishaps like those above:

  • Salad oil stain on a shirt? Try WHITE CHALK! Gently blot out as much of the oil as you can with a clean cloth then take crushed white chalk and gently rub into fresh stain. The chalk will absorb the oil and you can “lift” the stain out with a lint roller or if you have the time, wash out in cold water.
  • Yellowing armpits or lingering underarm odor? Try ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP! Bacteria is the culprit when it comes to discoloration and odor. Use antibacterial hand soap to eliminate those problems by gently rubbing into the problem areas and wash in cold water.
  • Multiple users in your rental shoes? Try END BAC! Stop the spread of foot fungus and odor with End Bac. Spray into shoes after each use to keep shoes fresh for the next user.

Quick fixes are always good to have in your kit, but it’s even better to have preventative solutions to stop the problem before it starts. Check out these products that are available for purchase in our supply store:

Do you have a go-to product that you must have in your kit? Do you have a cleaning trick that has saved you on set? TELL US! Share your tips and products on our FACEBOOK page or INSTAGRAM page. Be sure to follow us for tips, tricks, and products all this month!

Celebrating Women’s History Month

 SCC Celebrates Women’s History Month

March 2019

This month SCC will honor women of history, women of film and costuming, and our beautiful vintage women’s collection. The contributions women bestowed throughout history can be seen in all fields of study, and women’s clothing provides a look into the experiences of their time; telling the story of the women who’ve worn them.

Our vintage collection consists of women’s clothing and fashion primarily from the 1950s thru the 1990s. We also house a few historical collection pieces from the Renaissance era and late 19th century.

Be sure to Follow Us on Facebook & Instagram for posts on women’s history, women of film and costuming, and on pieces of our women’s vintage collection. Join our list on Facebook to get monthly email blasts about the happenings at SCC, or click here to sign up!

Our women’s vintage dresses and formal wear. Featured dress is an authentic 1970s bridesmaid dress with matching cape. (photo credit: Nate Dorn)

 

Know Your Craft

Come Visit SCC’s Research Library!

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” ~ Socrates

  • Want to know more about the costuming industry?
  • Interested in historical dress?
  • Committed to developing your skills?
  • Have a passion for fashion?

Mastering your craft should be your objective while pursuing a career in the costuming industry. Own your skills whether they’re in design, ageing/dying, coordination, tailoring, historical clothing, dressing, etc. The most important tool is furthering your understanding of your craft by continuing to educate yourself.

 Southeast Costume has a small but mighty research library in house for your use.

Southeast Costume invites you to visit the shop and keep developing your skills. Our in house library contains books on fashion, costume design, vintage clothing catalogs, historical dress, military dress, photography, cinema and more!

Do you have books or catalogs you’d like to donate to the SCC library? We’d love to have them!

“When I do period work, I really like to read about the period as much as I like to look at pictures because sometimes the written word is much better at conveying what their lives were really like and how much they had and where their clothes came from. Because, a lot of time, people dressed in their Sunday best to pose for a picture.” ~ Colleen Atwood, Designer

(sourced from BrainyQuote.com)