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Behind the curtain: Broadway and Theater Costume

April 29th, 2014

For Broadway and Film, costumes are integral to the story line and overall excitement of the production. Where does the process begin? What elements are needed? Could a detailed pocket really matter? Shop Gotham has put together a unique “behind the curtain” NYC theater experience, exploring the Steps of Creation in Broadway & Theater Costume Design!

This program showcases the wardrobing process, taking guests both behind- the-scenes to a renowned design studio and to private industry-only shops for an enlightening costume and production overview that can only be found in NYC.  Step into this world non-thespians rarely enter.

Tour includes visits to a Costume Design Studio, a Theater & Costume Jewelry Showroom, a Theatrical Stage and Dance Shoe Supplier as well as visits and discussions of other integral hubs of the New York Broadway and Theater Community. We invite students and adult groups both to explore this program, for more information please email us: info@shopgotham.com or call us: (917) 599-6650

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Interview with a Fit Model, Continued

November 6th, 2012

Shop Gotham has had the pleasure of speaking with a fit model here in NYC.  A fit model is someone who tries on designer clothes before they hit the stores.  Like every other job, it has its highs and lows.

Shop Gotham (SG): What bugs you most about your job?

Fit Model (FM): What bugs me most about the job might be that everyone assumes I’m dumb because I’m a model. Some people can get a little condescending because of that, and that’s the most infuriating thing in the world to me. Also long fittings- we’re talking 6 to 7 hour fittings- are pretty brutal because you’re just standing there, in four inch heels, for sooooo long. Your feet & body get achy, and if you’re working with a team that doesn’t ask for a lot of input, it gets HELLA boring. But you just have to suck it up, let your mind wander, and think of the dollar signs.

SG: Which brings us to the next question.  What’s the pay scale like?

FM: At my most high-paying account, my take after my fit model agent’s commission is roughly $200.

SG: Per hour?

FM: Yup.

SG: Did you come to New York to be a model?

FM: No, I came here to be an actor.   So for an actor, it’s a godsend of a day job. And for the most part, it’s pretty flexible, usually just a few hours a day.

SG: Is it fairly consistent?

FM: Right now I happen to be in the midst of a solid month of 9-5 work, which is extremely rare for a part-timer, and that amount of hours is really difficult. But I’m going to make a quarter of my last year’s income in a month, and it’s hard to say no to that.

SG: Well, thanks for taking the time out to speak to us.  It’s been very interesting!

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