Apr 1, 2020
Costume makers and designers make a difference in the medical community

All across the country, there is a trend and it is not in the type of costume designs that will be seen this year and beyond. Instead, it is a purposeful trend, one that will make a difference for medical personnel and other first responders in their work on the front lines against COVID-19 – one where costume makers are using skills to create medical masks instead of theatrical ones.

In a recent article in dcist.com, Lenore T. Adkins details how Marsha LeBoeuf, costume director for Washington National Opera and her team switched from creating costumes for Porgy and Bess revival, an opera that was cancelled due to the pandemic, to making face masks for medical professionals at both Children’s National Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital. 

Yet, this is not the only instance where this transformation is taking place. Ball State University’s costume shop in the Department of Theatre and Dance has created hundreds of masks from cotton fabric. Ball State University is located in Indiana, a state that has a little over 2500 confirmed cases as of March 30, 2020.

Emily Ruiz at Ball State University is one of the leaders of this production. In an article on Ball State University’s website, Ruiz noted she started Project Benny: Masks for Muncie, which is behind the mask making efforts, to help with the needs in the medical community and as noted in the article that it is now “part of a national movement of theatrical organizations helping meet a critical need.” 

If you or your business is helping in some way to make a difference in the COVID-19 efforts, let us know by sending press releases to the editor of Party & Halloween Retailer.


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