We don’t often rent “historical” costume – as evidenced that the newspapers that stuffed these shoes were dated 2005. Pieces that work for such periods do come in from time to time though, and we are happy to sell them off reasonably if we have them. Today a rack of sad knit shawls, rough woolens and broken-down shirts in weaves that mimic hopsacks and homespuns are going out the door – along with a basket of miserable-looking shoes. Poor barely-fashionable folks of the 1700s — it must have been rough.
We’ve noticed during these past few Autumn-like days (fine, weeks) that our Etsy shop Ian Drummond Stash has had increasing traffic from those who participate in indoor winter sports. But, you know, our kind of sports: sewing, dressmaking, quilting and crafting.
Today we were eyeing the towering racks stocking our laces, bibs and bobs and bits and pieces that are due to hit the shop this winter from one massive collection we absorbed, and we sighed. They look like snowfakes, and we’re not ready.
We realized that the best way to extend the feel of summer is to look at cheery cottons and flowered prints, and novelty prints evoking the Casbah. So this week we’ll behave, complete our film work like good studio employees, and treat ourselves to getting these vintage fabrics and materials listed.
And while the weather may be chilly, our hearts are warmed by this enlightening post by the Kindness Blog: Flower Sack Dresses from the Flour Mills. We have a good stock of such fabric in the Stash shop, and it’s always a little thrill when some flour/feed sack prints turn up in the period clothing for our movie wardrobe rental stock.
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CAFTCAD Movie Wardrobe Sale!
Ian had the great fortune (and we’ll say it ourselves – good eye) this past weekend at the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show to acquire more than a few gorgeous sets of costume jewellery that are now fantastic additions to our movie and television wardrobe rental collection. Dropping names such as Hattie Carnegie, Hobé, Trifari and DeMario is hard to resist, even if the signatures themselves can’t be seen on screen. Parures and demi-parures are one of the best ways to complete a “look” – and we’re always on the lookout for more.
As one can see from past events, this is the most affordable, most interesting and varied vintage clothing sale in Toronto. We enjoy it thoroughly, and use this opportunity to clear linear feet of clothing from our racks. We need the space! Of course we bring amazing, fun, high-end items – but we also bring many many many items in the $2-$20 range because we’d just plain like to turn it all over. Come ready to try on and get your buy on!
The Ian Drummond Collection Inc. comprises thousands of items from the 1890s-1990s, and can outfit anyone from a lead to background, to “character” roles; from underwear to outerwear, and with all manner of accoutrements.
We offer a variety of services, including Ian’s talent and experience to pull for a show. Contact us to learn if we have what you need.
We can provide photos and measurements for approval by costume designers and set decorators (in as much detail as requested.)
Our clothing items are inventoried, labeled clearly with our name, their sizes and other descriptive information, and entered into a computerized invoice system that provides easy-to-use paperwork with clear descriptions and prices for your department’s convenience.
At the studio, the items are sorted by decade, then type of garment, and by size and color within those sections, making pulling fast and decision-making easy. We offer ready assistance, and references and supplies as needed to aid in the task.
We ship worldwide. Please feel free to inquire about overseas rentals. International Rentals are billed in US dollars.
Working on a specific time frame and budget? We have a quick turnaround and do our best to accommodate production budgets – we offer spec, extended rental, and run-of-show prices.
It’s SO organized! How do you do it?” Is the compliment of many first time visitors.
It has always been Ian’s goal to provide costume designers and stylists with a comfortable, clean, organized and climate controlled environment, essentially a hybrid cross between a store and a warehouse. Each aisle is individually lit and all the clothing is kept under drops sheets to protect them from fading and dust
The stock has been organized by gender and decade. To date we have entered over 16,000 pieces of clothing into a computerized numerical inventory system. Each garment is individually labeled, usually in a visible place and includes the gender, decade and size making it easier for costumers and coordinators to organize their rental stock.
The Ian Drummond Collection is located in the Fashion district in Toronto
Each aisle is individually lit and all the clothing is kept under drop sheets to protect it from fading and dust.
Top Photo: Nick Kozak for The Toronto Star