For Sam Reckford, costume production is her “all day, every day.” The third-year graduate student is finishing her Masters of Fine Arts in Costume Production, works at PlayMakers Repertory Company alongside her studies.
“Classes are a range of topics in everything related to costume production, which is our specific degree,” Reckford said. “These classes can be on topics like hat making, patterning for men’s wear, tailoring, body padding, fabric manipulation, shoemaking or advanced sewing techniques.”
Reckford said her day is divided between attending classes in the morning and working at PlayMakers in the afternoon. She said the time spent working at PlayMakers counts as a practicum and towards credit hours for students.
“Depending on the show, we all will do different roles,” Reckford said. “For 'Sherwood,' I was the draper for Maid Marian, which means that I created the patterns for her costume and then created the costumes themselves. I got drawings from the costume designer and then it was up to me to actually create the costume.”
She said all of the students working in costume production take turns doing everything, so they get experience taking on all the different roles that make up costume production.