France's crafts in focus - October 2019

Costumier Cathy Ingrassia and a Venitian costume

Past, present and future in costumes - Being a costumier is a demanding job, requiring sewing skills, creativity and interest in research

Films and television drama demand ever-increasing levels of authenticity when it comes to costume design.

So the craft of a costumier remains a rewarding one –despite an influx of cheaper Eastern European and Chinese imports.

Costumes are in demand not only for the screen, but also for theatre, historical re-enactments and events, as well as for private parties.

Being a costumier is a demanding job, requiring sewing skills, creativity and interest in research.

Most are engaged on short-term contracts, with their own manufacturing space, and they work to order.

A few, however, are salaried and employed by prestigious companies such as the Opéra de Paris or the Comédie-Franç ...

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