Recently I have been budgeting for graduate school. Creating my own little budget got me thinking about costumers who must work with a measly amount of money to create masterpieces on stage. It can be done, but needs a few tips and tricks to look perfect.
Every costumer works with a budget, this article is to help those who receive their budget and cry little costumer tears. This is to help with the itty bitty, teeny tiny budgets.
For one reason or another sometimes a costumer's budget is smaller than s/he would like. Ideally this smaller budget accompanies a small cast with few costume changes set in modern day, but if it does not (which will probably be the case) there are a few resources at our fingertips.
As Macklemore and Ryan Lewis state, there are some pretty cool and inexpensive finds at thrift shops if you take the time to hunt them down.
Back more than eight years ago I attended a workshop that focused on costume thrifting. To the right are two pages from the lovely handout the instructor, Karen Chandler, gave us. In the class and packet she shows how to take thrift shop finds like a prom dress and salvage each piece to create period looks.
There are many different pieces you can buy "for parts" at thrift shops as well. If you have the ability to dye, embellish, or frankenstein (such a technical term) them, many pieces can be quite the investment.
Modern shows are obviously the easiest to shop for at most thrift stores, but with a little help, many period shows can also be created.
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