Making Stage Costumes from Ready to Wear Garments
Salomé Cabaret Burlesque Academy
Southern Fried Burlesque Festival
Alabama Burlesque Festival
This workshop covers the basics of creating stage costumes from store-bought, ready to wear garments. The class will focus on costuming for the
burlesque stage, but will cover embellishment techniques that can be applied to any stage performer’s wardrobe.
Learn how to deconstruct and transform off-the-rack garments into eye-catching stage ensembles. Master the ins and outs of getting in and out
of your clothes with a vast vocabulary of costume closures. Gussy up your getup with embellishment techniques guaranteed to liven your livery. Explore the astounding underworld of burlesque addictions, with an in-depth discussion of rhinestones, feathers, and fringe.
Siren Santina shares her tools, techniques, and tips of the trade including what to buy and where to buy it. The class is a mixture of lecture, discussion, demonstration, and display and includes an up close, hands-on look at Miss Santina’s personal costume collection. Students are encouraged to bring pen and paper for note-taking and current costuming projects for Q&A.
Note: Sewing skills are not required for this course. While machine sewing will expedite many of the processes reviewed, alternate methods for non-sewers and hand-sewers will be discussed.