Costume Exhibit 'Concept to Reality' Opens Feb. 6 at U.Va.

January 28, 2009

January 29, 2009 — "Concept to Reality," an exhibition featuring work by Marcy Linton, assistant professor of costume technology in the University of Virginia's Department of Drama, will be on view beginning Feb. 6 in the Ruffstuff Gallery on the first floor of Ruffin Hall.

The exhibit features costumes and crafts that illustrate her process of translating the costume designer's vision to the stage. Designers' renderings, sketches and patterns will be on display.

An opening reception will be held Feb. 6 at 6 p.m., and Linton will give a gallery talk Feb. 11 at 5 p.m.

Linton, who joined the drama department in 2004, works closely with designers, taking their two-dimensional renderings and ideas into 3-D costumes — including armor, fantasy or period clothing, hats and other imagined garment and accessory needs. As a costume technician, or draper, she is assisted by a "first hand" or assistant, who helps with these tasks as well as overseeing the team of "stitchers" who sew the required garment.
She worked extensively as a first hand and draper in theaters across the country, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and PlayMakers Repertory.

While working for dressmaker Timothy Dunleavy Inc. in New York, she draped two gowns for actress Joan Allen. Allen wore one at the Academy Awards where she was nominated as best supporting actress for "The Crucible," and the other for the New York Film Festival's opening of the movie, "Ice Storm."

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Drama Department is welcoming James Glavan, head of the Costume Technology Program at the University of Texas, Austin. Glavan will visit with undergraduate and graduate drama students Feb. 5 through 8 to speak about stage makeup techniques and offer M.F.A. candidate portfolio reviews.

Glavan teaches tailoring, draping, costume construction, mask making, millinery, fabric dyeing, painting and stage makeup. His national theater credits include the Santa Fe Opera, Boston Opera, Minnesota Opera, Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis, Hartford Stage Co., Hartford Ballet, Huntington Theatre Co., the Guthrie Theatre and Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

For information, contact Jenny Mays at 434-924-8137 or

— By Jane Ford