UNITED TO ADVOCATE FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE NEW YORK CITY CUSTOM COSTUME INDUSTRY
UNITED TO ADVOCATE FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE NEW YORK CITY CUSTOM COSTUME INDUSTRY
We are over 50 small, unique, independent businesses and artisans--in and around New York City--that create and supply costumes for the entertainment industry. We transform the Costume Designer’s two dimensional designs into custom, one-of-a-kind costumes for theatre, dance, opera, concerts, theme parks, cruise ships, ice shows, live entertainments and on television and film worldwide.
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ADELE RECKLIES CO.
Dr. Adele Rogers Recklies has had a career that encompasses both beads and fiber as well as academic work and creative play. Dr. Recklies opened her own business in 1987 to specialize in theatrical knitting, crochet, and related crafts. Dr. Recklies' embroidery work can be seen in the recent movie Memoirs of a Geisha. Her knitted costumes have been worn in other movies such as Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Big Fish and Stepmom as well as Broadway shows such as CATS and the recent revival of Company.
Founder of Arel Studio, Russia-born master tailor, Ilya Fatakov, opened doors nearly 20 years ago offering high-end theatrical costumes. Fatokov’s attention to detail, stellar craftsmanship and his accommodating attitude have grown Arel Studio into one of Manhattan’s top theatrical costume houses.
Arnold S. Levine, Inc., Theatrical Millinery and Crafts, builds for all areas of the entertainment industry. Their work can be seen in shows and parades for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Norwegian, Disney, Viking, Virgn Cruise Lines, Frozen Stage show at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, on Broadway in Moulin Rouge, Disney’s Frozen, Mrs. Doubtfire, Hadestown and a number of national and international tours.
Artur & Tailors Ltd. is one of New York City's finest and most creative bespoke tailoring shops. Their resume includes prominent film and theater costume designers, actors, dancers, and celebrities. For the past few years, they have been primarily building the principal men's costumes for Hamilton the Musical.
Bethany Joy Costumes, Inc. is a woman owned Costume Shop located in the heart of the New York City Garment District. They construct high quality garments for Theatre, Opera, Dance, TV, Film and Live Entertainment.
Bra Tenders has been supporting, sculpting, smoothing and shaping the heavenly bodies on Broadway stages for over three decades.
Carmen Gee and her team are a multi faceted shop who’s work encompasses fitting, on set tailoring, designing, building, pattern making draping, re-styling and more. With her shop located in the heart of the Garment District Carmen’s work can be seen in commercials, on TV, Film, on Broadway and on fashion runways the world over.
For 38 years Carl Goldberg has been making shirts for stylish New Yorkers. For the last 20 years, CEGO is the go to shirtmaker for the costume industry. Making modern fitted shirts to all sorts of period shirts from 70s disco to 16th century peasant shirts. Made on Fifth Ave, NYC.
Colin Davis Jones Studios is a costume production and tailoring shop founded in 2013 by Colin Jones. This group of young professionals produces couture garments and executes alterations for dance, theatre, film, and private clientele. In 2014, Colin Davis Jones Studios moved to a new space in the center of the Garment District.
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Costume Armour, Inc. is the world's leading custom armour studio producing authentically styled, highly durable, vacuum formed, Greco-Roman, Gothic, Elizabethan and Fantasy theatrical armour. In addition to an extensive inventory of stock armour and weaponry, their take pride in the fact that their staff of artists is capable of creating exquisite custom armour of any style or period. They also produce the finest custom sculpture and props. Museum quality fine art combined with innovative design and construction is our hallmark. Their staff of artists led by Nino Novellino has created masterworks for Broadway, Disney, opera, film, television and industry.
DAVID DALRYMPLE STUDIO
Designer, stylist, and builder David Dalrymple creates special costumes for film, stage, and television projects. David Dalrymple studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and spent the late 80’s and the early 90’s training in the notorious world of New York’s downtown. Since then, his client list reads like a who’s who of the entertainment business. David Dalrymple is committed to creating costumes, and his unique brand of theatrical, sexy fashion in the historical garment center of New York City is a challenge he finds extremely rewarding.
DONNA LANGMAN COSTUMES, LLC
Since 1984, Donna Langman and her remarkable staff have been collaborating with generations of designers to create costumes for hundreds of productions including “The Lion King”, “Hamilton”, “Aladdin”, “Kinky Boots”, and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Founded in 1991 by Raylene Marasco, Dyenamix Inc. combines creative skill with technical knowledge and creates some of the most innovative and high profile projects in the film and television, Broadway and off-Broadway theatrical, live performance and dance industries. By combining traditional techniques of dyeing, painting and hand silk screening and textile manipulation with the latest technology in digital textile printing, Dyenamix creates new innovative surface designs.
Eric Winterling, Inc. is a costume shop which creates beautiful costumes for a wide spectrum of clients, including those in the motion picture industry, theater, and dance. The company, started by Eric Winterling over 30 years ago, is one which is well suited to perform numerous services related to the design and construction of costumes. Its reputation for quality and beauty is highly regarded among costume designers, producers, directors, and actors.
Ernest Winzer Cleaners has had a longer run on Broadway than any stage show. Since 1908, they have specialized in providing the surety of quality and turnaround time that a hit Broadway show demands. From intricate period costumes for a cast of hundreds to a casual outfit for a one man show, Winzer and wardrobe mistresses have been working together for over one hundred and ten years to make certain that when the show goes on, the cast is sanitized and ressed their best! In 2018 Ernest Winzer Cleaners was honored by Broadway with the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre.
Since 1990, Euroco has been producing quality costumes and fabrics for a wide range of clients. Though they specialize in Broadway shows, constructed for all the rigors and demands that these garments require, Euroco has a reputation for quality, style and attention to detail.
Custom Fabrics using Digital Printing as well as Traditional Screen Printing for use in Theatrical Costumes and Interior Design.
GENEVA CUSTOM SHIRTS
Geneva Custom Shirts was established in 1991. During the past two decades, the company has become the source for New York’s finest custom made shirts. They continue to provide custom shirts for award-winning movies and television shows such as “Goodfellas” “The Aviator,” “The Departed,” “The Irishman” “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” All of their shirts are hand cut and hand sewn on premises, and they adhere to the highest standards of quality from the initial fitting, to the pattern making, shirting fabric, buttons, threads, and tailoring.
Hat Rabbit Studio is an artisanal design/build workshop based in Brooklyn, New York. They specialize in special effect costumes, props, and prototypes for the fine and performing arts.
Giliberto has been making custom clothing for the entertainment industry and high profile individuals since 1979. Located in the heart of the Garment Center they are a family run business with a dedicated quality control staff. They have worked with some of the most famous actors and costume designers on creating wardrobes for some of the most well known shows in all types of venues.
Helen Uffner Vintage Clothing has rented authentic 1860s-1980s clothing since 1978 to movie, theater & TV industries from its 7000 square foot LIC showroom. With 5 Emmy Award citations, their work spans from “Out of Africa” to currently, “Mrs. Maisel”, “The Plot to Kill America”, “The Hunt” and “I Know This Much is True.”
HOCHI ASIATICO STUDIO is known for treating, painting, and embellishing contemporary clothes and beautiful period fabrics for live stage show costumes that hold up and hold color under the most demanding performance schedules. Their work has been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and tours throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe.
JENNIFER LOVE COSTUMES
For over 24 years, Jennifer Love Costumes has constructed numerous theatrical costumes for Tony winning and nominated shows from Chicago, Hamilton, Cinderella, Beatlejuice and many others, as well as theatrical costumes for Disney Cruise Line, Radio City Rockettes, and The Alvin Ailey Dance Company.
Jerard Studio is an association of artists and craftspeople. John Jerard and Mary Creede, the owners, are the Studio’s primary art directors and have been creating high quality props, puppets and costume armatures, sculptures, and custom furniture for over 25 years.
John Kristiansen New York, Inc. is a custom costume shop serving the entertainment community, providing high quality costumes for theater, dance, film, television and live action entertainment. With dressmaking, tailoring and crafts/millinery departments, John Kristiansen's team includes artisans from around the world who utilize their talents to create one-of-a-kind costumes for any medium.
Julz Kroboth has been working in NYC as a dyer, painter, and crafts person for over 35 years. Starting at Parsons-Meares, then Barbara Matera Ltd., and for the last 10 years or so, as an independent for theater, TV, film, fashion, and the music industry.
LE STUDIO VIOLETTA
Lisa Krizner-George has been building costumes for Broadway, The Met Opera and Live Entertainment for over 25 years. Starting out at Barbara Matera Ltd. as a first hand and ultimately working as a draper for Tricorne, she has also done work for Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, NYC Ballet, Paper Mill Playhouse and most recently, Madonna's MadameX Tour. Her studio also creates custom bridal gowns for private clients incorporating many techniques of embellishment and couture level finishing. A couple years at Montclair State University as a draper and adjunct professor rounds out her experience.
Lynne Mackey Studio is a theatrical millinery studio that builds beautiful hats and headpieces for theatre, opera, dance, TV, and movies.The studio was founded over 28 years ago out of Lynne’s apartment in Washington Heights, New York. Now situated in the Garment District, it is known for couture millinery techniques throughout the industry.
MF Knitwear makes custom sweaters for Theater, Film, TV and Opera since 1985.We use both machine and hand knit techniques to create the finest quality knit garments. Current projects include, The Bands Visit on Broadway, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Star Trek Picard on TV and The Irishman in Film with over 200 projects completed.
Based in New York City since 1977, Lynne has been involved with more than 100 Broadway productions; most recently principal costumes for Aladdin; Hello, Dolly!; Pretty Woman The Musical; Moulin Rouge; Wicked, Kinky Boots and The Metropolitan Opera’s La Traviata.
Marian Jean Hose LLC is a custom costume crafts studio started in New York City's garment district. Begun by Marian "Killer" Hose in 2004, the studio works with top designers, retailers, and Broadway costume shops to create high-quality handmade pieces. Killer specializes in wirework, character bodies and heads, masks, millinery, theatrical armor, wings, and display props. Whether for fashion, Broadway, television, or advertising, Killer and her team use their technical expertise to make the designer's vision a functional and beautiful reality.
NEW YORK CITY BALLET COSTUMES
New York City Ballet, one of the foremost dance companies in the world, is unique in American artistic history. Solely responsible for training its own artists and creating its own works, the New York City Ballet was the first ballet institution in the world with two permanent homes, the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. Click above to explore what New York City Ballet has to offer — its rich company history, repertoire of ballets, and world-class dancers.
Mio Design Studio opened in November 2015 by Miodrag Guberinic, offering design expertise, collaborative creative services, and the finest handcrafted work. Mio's team provides full development of an idea, from detailed concept design illustrations through prototyping process and finished piece. Most recent projects include artisan work for the Broadway production of Frozen, Amazon TV Show The Tick, Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour, and Katy Perry's Music Video "Chained to the Rhythm".
Penn & Fletcher, established 1986, is the direct descendant of the embroidery department of Eaves-Brooks costumes and before that Brody Embroidery begun in 1921. With our expertise in hand embroidery, our artistry with hand-guided machine embroidery using machines dating as far back as 1879, and our masterful work in computerized embroidery, there is almost no embroidery project this company of artisans cannot produce. The company creates embroideries primarily for theatrical designers, interior designers. architects, museums, artists, religious institutions and fashion.
Parsons-Meares, Ltd., making costumes for theater, dance, opera, television, film, circuses and spectacles since 1980, was founded by Sally Ann Parsons and James Meares. Anything a performer wears, from garments of any period to fantastic creatures imagined by designers, is our challenge. The designer’s vision and the performers needs guide us as we employ the skills our staff – draping, dressmaking, tailoring, fabric painting, dyeing, sculpting, craftwork, millinery, mask-making – to attain the final product seen.
On Stage Dancewear has been serving dancers Since 1980.They are located on Madison Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, and are New York City's only independent, and non-brand affiliated, Dance Shop.They offer expert advise and New York City's largest selection of dancewear and dance shoes with over 50 brand names to choose from.
POLLY KINNEY BEADING
RCP builds costumes and puppets for Broadway, TV, Movies, Sports Events and feature films.
ROBERTA HAMELIN COSTUMES, LLC
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Polly Kinney specializes in beading for costumes. After moving to New York City in 1983, she has worked for Woody Shelp, Barbara Matera and Gregg Barnes. Her work has been seen on Broadway (Aladdin; Drowsy Chaperone; Hello, Dolly!; many more), at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, various regional stages, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows and the Met Gala. She teaches beading classes at NYU.
RODNEY GORDON, INC.
Known in the business for not only his creative vision and master craftsmanship, Rodney Gordon also has the ability to create non-traditional pieces from unusual materials and made-up techniques. His work is featured throughout the world including Broadway, Opera, Dance, Television, and film and is created in New York City.
SEW WHAT INC.
Sew What Inc is a women’s run costume shop located in the heart of Astoria Queens. With experience running the gambit from theatrical, film, television and cosplay costume creation/ alterations, the singular focus has always been to provide the highest quality specialized costumes possible.
Three Bay Barn, LLC. offers an array of services to the professional costume and props designer, including: sculpting, mold making and casting of masks, props and prosthetics in many materials; patterning, sculpting and carving; soldering and small-scale metal forming and welding; plastics forming; full millinery services; sewing; costume crafts; painting/finishing and more.
Started in 2000, Tricorne is a full service costume workroom making stage clothes with a couture level of fit and finishing. We pride ourselves in our support of designers during and through their creative process. Tricorne has a dedicated and talented staff that delivers the highest quality workmanship. Tricorne has been very fortunate to become a major costume resource for Broadway, dance, television, film and the greater entertainment industry .
Founded in 1996, Timberlake has earned a reputation for well made costumes, delivered on-time at a reasonable price. Their clients accumulate with pride, now including American Girl Doll Theatre, The Lion King, Book of Mormon, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (they make clothes for THE most important person in the parade!), along with multiple theatrical projects too numerous to mention.
Vogue Too is a pleating, stitching and embroidery business based in the Garment District of New York City. They are a nimble team of skilled craftsmen and technicians who focus on the design and development of special techniques for independent designers, established design houses as well as the stage, screen and film industries.
Founded in 1999, Yvette Helin Studio offers custom-made costumes and costume design services for motion pictures, live events, and advertising campaigns.The studio is located in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, NY. The studio specializes in character costumes, sculptural, and theatrical costumes, and offers services to the film trade including tailoring, custom clothing, and alterations.
Wing & Weft (home of Lacrasia) Gloves has proudly crafted gloves “the way Shakespeare’s daddy made [them]” by hand in our factory located in NYC's Garment Center since 1973. Clients range from TV/film and Broadway designers to stylists and celebrities; from debutantes and military honor guards to drag queens and clients with unique hands. As the last custom glove factory connected to historic Gloversville, NY, our legacy continues with each glove created; furthering our mission to preserve and nurture craftsmanship within the US.