Revolution in the Costume World.

The costume industry is inherently wasteful – a typical film or TV drama will use more clothing than the average person uses in their lifetime and will produce more waste in a week than the average household in a year.

However, an intrepid group of costume designers, buyers and designers are making changes to the way they work in order to make their industry less wasteful, more sustainable and better for everyone across the supply chain.

Join us and start to make changes to your next production. Getting started doesn’t need to be hard – read this guide and commit to our 7 point pledge. 

Join the Costume Revolution! 

Top Tips

  1. Set a pre-loved precedent: On modern jobs, commit to buying as much pre-used clothing as possible before hitting the high street.
  2.  Make a donation: Look for ways to repurpose clothing, fabrics and office supplies at the end of a shoot.
  3. Rags to riches: Request recycling facilities for fabrics to ensure unwanted items can have a new life ahead of them.
  4. Fashion labels: Check the credentials the fabric you buy, FairTrade and Organic, EU ECO-label or Cradle to Cradle?
  5. Colour with care: Choose naturally dyed fabrics which have less of an negative impact on the environment.
  6. Down the drain: Use filters to stop synthetic microfibres entering the water stream, every time you wash clothes.

Sinead Kidao is a costume designer who has worked on productions including Beauty and the Beast, Mr Turner and Peterloo.

She created the Costume Directory to take the hassle out of finding suppliers who prioritise sustainability, environmental responsibility and fair trade.

For Designers

We are not using design cleverly and yet that is the role of a designer. Right now, our industry is too wasteful, we produce 150 billion garments/year and 53 million tonnes of textiles with 78% ends up in landfill.

Some questions that designers need to ask themselves: 

  1. Could clothing be made so that it could be disassembled again afterwards?
  2. Could something be designed in such a way that it can be reused as another item or have another lease of life in an alternative form? 
Sinead Kidao is a costume designer who's leading the way with sustainable practices
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For Buyers

Charlie Ross – Offset Warehouse:“Keep making changes – however small”

When you’re buying fabric and textiles – ask yourself these 3 key questions: Who are the people making your product, what is the environmental impact and who is the end user? 

We Are Albert

Change in the Industry needs to happen now if we are to truly tackle this issue and make a positive impact. If you are a costume designer, a wardrobe assistant, a buyer, owner of a costume house or even a student who wants to enter this world then we ask you to take a stand and pledge to do these 7 things on your next production. 

Take the pledge and tell @WeAreAlbert who are here to support you.

Need more help? Head to our Costume Directory to find even more resources.

Got more ideas to share? Let us know! hello@wearealbert.co.uk

We are albert.

We believe that the creative industries are our greatest opportunity to protect our planet.

We are leading the charge against climate change; bringing the screen industries together to tackle our environmental impact and inspire sustainable living.

We are albert. So are you.