Costume Industry Coalition | Costume Education Survey

December 14, 2020

The Costume Industry Coalition (CIC) is conducting a survey of people in education studying costume design and costume making. The purpose of this survey is two-fold, to create opportunity for those currently studying the art of costume making and designing, and to raise awareness and support for the Costume Industry Coalition.

The CIC is trying to get as many people in education to participate as possible. They are looking to collaborate with the education sector to promote and raise awareness of the CIC and its role in the entertainment ecosystem. As well, as hoping to promote and preserve the many career paths graduates of higher education can take advantage of.

Please consider completing the survey as all feedback is appreciated, as well as to sharing it with your colleagues in your departments.

Take the CIC Costume Education Survey

Learn more about the Costume Industry Coalition and their work to help save the costume industry.

Mor info about the Costume Industry Coalition

In May of 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, New York City’s custom costume industry came together to form the Costume Industry Coalition (CIC). The immediate goal was to act as a united front to ensure its future as a vital part of the entertainment industry not just in New York City but around the world. The CIC was created to advocate for the survival of the custom costume community during and beyond this crisis. The CIC’s 50+ Members employ over 500 people from more than 39 different countries. 63% of our business owners are women and 30% identify as LGBTQI, and its workforce is largely made up of women, people of color, and immigrants.

The CIC has created a Relief Fund to help its Members survive the suspension of live entertainment. These funds will provide immediate assistance for the small businesses and artisans of the costume industry – a vital but often unseen ecosystem behind the scenes– who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 shutdowns and have gone for months without significant income. The Relief Fund marks the first step in the CIC’s larger efforts to raise $4.5M to protect our artisans and save their livelihoods.

This is only the beginning: throughout 2021, the CIC will continue its fight for survival, while pulling back the curtain on the awe-inspiring talent and craftsmanship that make up the custom costume industry.

Will you stand in support of the CIC and its incredible community, who use their creativity and artistry to bring histories and stories of all kinds to life?