The Costume Shop is unusually large for an undergraduate-only theatre program. While comparing notes with other costumers in the Northwest Drama Conference (AK, WA, OR, & ID) I found it “tied” with Anchorage as the biggest college shop space (21′ x 53′ in the main room alone) in the Conference region.
Like nearly every costume shop, it is in a basement with no windows and cement walls, but in Winter in Fairbanks this is a blessing. You never realize that it’s cold and dark outside till you go to get your car. (Boy do you notice it then!)
One of the main shop disadvantages, a poor ventilation system, we turned to our advantage, by making an all non-toxic vapor working environment.
Oh, yes, and we once had a part-time costume shop cat, the estimable Shoelace.
Costume Shop Equipment
The shop has a comfortable amount of good, equipment, including 6 Wolf-type dress forms, 3 Bernina sewing machines, an industrial over lock serger, a Con sew industrial, an Airbrush and compressor, and a genuine industrial soup cooker dye vat.
Students working on their own projects have access to our extensive swatch and scrap bin system, where any fabric smaller than a foot square is available for swatches, and any fabric smaller than a yard square is folded into color coded scraps for use in shows and projects.
In addition to the main room is: