More about the Costume Directory and how it came to be.

This directory has been put together to share information and ideas across costume departments. It is intended as a resource that takes the hassle out of finding suppliers and brands who are committed to fair treatment throughout their supply chain, and who prioritize sustainability, environmental responsibility and fair trade.

The global textile industry has a huge social and environmental impact. The majority of textiles in the world are produced in developing countries such as India and China. This industry relies on cheap labour and exploitation, where millions of farmers, weavers and garment manufacturers work long hours for poverty pay, in unsafe conditions, using dangerous chemicals without the proper protection or processes.

By its very nature the film industry is far from sustainable. However, as a massive consumer, it has the potential to detoxify and make a difference by supporting socially conscious suppliers and demonstrating where demand and consumer focus has shifted. Making small changes to your costume department is not going to change the industry as a whole, however, it will contribute to a growing movement for change.

When people consider the terms ethical or organic, the misnomer is that these words are synonymous with expensive and inconvenient. Making changes does not mean compromising your design, or blowing your budget. It is simply about consciously addressing the decisions you make, and seeing if it could be done in a more ethical and efficient way.

This directory is compiled as an index of contacts, as opposed to a definitive guide on all things sustainable. It sets out the varying criteria and credentials to look for when choosing a supplier, and the standards that make a given brand a superior choice. It is important to contact suppliers and verify any information included, and check for updates or changes in policy.

This is intended to be a collaborative project so if you would like to get involved then please get in touch! Any ideas, information, feedback or new contacts are also welcome!

E-mail thecostumedirectory@gmail.com

Please note that the information provided within this directory cannot be taken as comprehensive. The producers of this directory make no guarantee with regards to accuracy of information contained within. Despite our best efforts it is possible that some information may be out of date and as a result the producers cannot take any responsibility for the consequences of errors or omissions. We strongly recommend seeking more detailed information from the represented business or organisation, and therefore any reliance you place on our information or linked to on other websites will be at your own risk