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Academy Originals Profiles Costume Designer- Mark Bridges

Academy Originals is the first web series from the Academy. It details the process of film making, and the artists who are steering its direction.

The latest episode features the accomplished Costume Designer, Mark Bridges, whose work includes The Artist, There Will Be Blood, Silver Linings Playbook, and upcoming films, Inherent Vice and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Click on the link here to watch the video.

“(Costume Design) gives an indication of things unsaid.” – Mark Bridges


CAFTCAD Celebrates Costume 2014.  Toronto, ON, Canada. (Image: Ryan Emberley)

Ontario Arts Foundation- Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design

The Viginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design is an initiative from the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF), which gives mid-career professional costume designers in Ontario, a way to foster their career further through research or travel.

CAFTCAD proudly congratulates two of it’s members who have received this prestigious award, Lea Carlson (2011) and Anne Dixon (2014). For each of these artists, it has given them the opportunity to explore a project, idea and passion, to expand their work. But more than this, it has given them the resources to replenish their creative juices.

This year CAFTCAD had the opportunity to celebrate the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award and Anne, at its annual Toronto Film Festival event, CAFTCAD Celebrates Costume, at The Spoke Club on Tuesday September 25th. CAFTCAD had the privilege of showcasing some of Anne’s work as well as being joined by CAFTCAD sponsor, the OAF.

It is great to see the continued support of costume design in Canada, and thank the OAF for its contribution.

To read more, click here.

Above: Anne Dixon in front of her costumes
Belows (L to R): Anne’s costume from Lost Girl, OAF members (L to R): Associate Director Ann Boyd, Executive Director Alan Walker, and Carolyn Gloude.

CAFTCAD Celebrates Costume 2014.  Toronto, ON, Canada. (Image: Ryan Emberley)CAFTCAD Celebrates Costume 2014.  Toronto, ON, Canada. (Image: Ryan Emberley)


the_strain_master_risingCAFTCAD Celebrates Costume 2014: Costume Exhibit


This year CAFTCAD will proudly present another outstanding costume exhibition at it’s annual Toronto Film Festival event. Set to be attended by Canada’s finest costumers and film and television industry.

The exhibit which will coincide with the event, will show a variety of costumes from CAFTCAD members from a range of mediums such as film, television and the web.

CAFTCAD commends all of its members for their contribution to the Canadian and International film and television industry.

CAFTCAD Members involved in these costumes:

Image From Above:
The Master Rising- The Strain
Costume Designer- Luis Sequeira
Assistant Costume Designer- Lindsay Jacobs
Key Textile Artist- Silvana Sacco
Costume Cutter- Tamiyo Tomihiro


The Calling

CAFTCAD would like to congratulate fellow member, Costume Designer Georgina Yarhi on her work in the film, The Calling.

A thriller set in a small and quiet town, about a detective who finds that the number of abnormal recent murders are the work of a serial killer that has a strong calling. Cast includes: Susan Sarandon, Gil Bellows, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace and Donald Sutherland. 

In cinemas now.


viktor-rolf-dutch-national-ballet-01.2New York City Ballet- Fall Gala

There is great anticipation in the lead up to the Fall Gala this year, hosted by the distinguished and renowned New York City Ballet.

This season boasts five highly regarded choreographers with some of fashions most notable designers. The works include:


  • Peter Martins’ Morgen with new costumes designed by Carolina Herrera, known for her exquisite gowns.
  • Liam Scarlett’s piece will be adorned with work by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.
  • Troy Schumacher’s debut work will debut designs from Thom Browne
  • Justin Peck’s premiere production will showcase work from Mary Katrantzou.

The Gala will also include, existing piece, This Bitter Earth from Christopher Wheeldon with costumes designed by Valentino in 2012.

The world of fashion design and costume design seem to be colliding more frequently these days, and it is great to see it on the live stage.

The Fall Gala will be held at the New York City Ballet, on Tuesday the 23rd of September, 2014. For more information visit the New York City Ballet website.

Image: Viktor and Rolf for the Dutch National Ballet

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The newest issue of Bespoke is now available to view on our website. The Vintage Issue features articles about Reign, Crimson Peak, Steampunk and more.

The sixth issue is available to read here


Textile Museum of Canada Volunteer Association Presents Annual- More Than Just a Yardage Sale

The Textile Museum of Canada will host its 19th annual More Than Just a Yardage Sale. This event is organized by the Museum’s Volunteer Association, in which the fundraiser earns significant funds in support of the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and public programs.

All items come from generous year-round donations that include fabrics such as, dressmaking, decorating, household and vintage linens, as well as quilting supplies, patterns, yarn, beads, buttons and books.

This initiative has a team of over 120 volunteers that work continuously all year round to make this event happen. Show your support or find yourself fabric for any or all of your sewing purposes at a bargain price.

The event will be set up in tents in the parking lot adjacent to the Textile Museum of Canada at 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto (St. Patrick subway station at University Avenue and Dundas Street).

Friday May 30 from 11am – 6pm

Saturday May 31 from 11am – 2pm

Admission: Free

For More information on the sale and the Textile Museum of Canada, click here.

Canadian Screen Awards Nominees

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television celebrated the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards on March 9th.

CAFTCAD is proud to mention the members who have been nominated for these prestigious awards. Congratulations to:

Winner of Best Costume Design (Television) Debra Hanson for Bomb Girls- Party Line
Lea Carlson for The Colony
Laurie Drew for Orphan Black- Instinct
Gersha Phillips The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Delphine White for Copper- The Hudson River School

To read more about nominees and winners go to:


Fashion History Museum

Founded in 2004, the Fashion History Museum recently opened a permanent exhibition space in Cambridge, Ontario. With a collection spanning over 8000 garments, dating from the 1600s to present day, this space truly is expanding the knowledge and understanding of fashion and costume design alike.
For more information, click here.

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