The work of the Costume Industry Coalition can be seen worldwide. They collectively employ hundreds of expert artisans, including pattern makers, cutters, stitchers, tailors, milliners, hand finishers, craftspeople, embroiderers, sculptors, painters and dyers. Since timelines for the reopening of entertainment venues continue to shift, CIC Members recognize their survival is in jeopardy, as their orders have largely been cancelled or delayed indefinitely, leaving them without income for the foreseeable future.
The Costume Industry Coalition mobilized in the wake of the entertainment industry shut down to advocate for the survival of the New York City custom costume industry. It includes over 50 small, unique, independent businesses and artisans–in and around New York City–that create and supply costumes for the entertainment industry. Members employ hundreds of specialty artisans: pattern makers, cutters, stitchers, hand finishers, tailors, painters, sculptors, crafters and more, that represent over 39 different countries. They transform a Costume Designer’s two-dimensional designs into custom, one-of-a-kind costumes for theatre, dance, opera, concerts, theme parks, cruise ships, ice shows, live entertainments and on television and film worldwide.