ShareThis Page
‘Seams and Scenes’ to showcase unforgettable costumes, sets |

‘Seams and Scenes’ to showcase unforgettable costumes, sets

| Friday, October 6, 2006 12:00 a.m

Memorable costumes and sets created for theater productions by designers and members of the International Costumer Guild of Western Pennsylvania are exhibited in “Seams and Scenes” at the Sirani Gallery, in Squirrel Hill.

An opening reception tonight begins a two-week presentation of costumes, sets, models and photographs that illustrate the collaborative process between costume and set designers working in the theater arts.

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, “Seams and Scenes” is the second exhibition organized by the year-old Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the International Costumer’s Guild that began by founding president Igor Roussanoff, director of Theatre and Dance Costume at California University of Pennsylvania; and Joan Markert, vice president of the guild and director of Point Park University’s costume shop.

“The guild was formed to support each other, educate the public about what we do and to introduce people here to the costuming arts and broaden their appreciation,” Markert says.

“The fact that it ever comes off is amazing,” says Markert, a veteran of 25 years as Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse costume shop, a director who has seen many designs successfully executed for opening night.

Roussanoff, who came to the United States in 1988 from the Soviet Union, leaving behind a career in ballet costumer design, began his fashion and design career anew. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York City, Roussanoff founded the Pittsburgh Fashion Academy, a program for fashion-design students ages 14 and older, based in Squirrel Hill, this year.

“I think I just wanted to see people working together on something, getting people excited about something and simply to show, ‘I have this profession to do this wonderful work that people can see,” Roussanoff says.

A fashion show component of the exhibition begins at the gallery parades around the block on the sidewalk, featuring costumes by Mt. Washington designer and guild member Kari Kramer. A wardrobe master at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Kramer also independently designs architectural, colorful — often surreal — dresses under her iroNiece label.

“What I do at the theater is sew others’ designs and maintain the costumes. When I went to a meeting for exhibition, I didn’t know if I could be a part of it because I haven’t worked with set designers like costumers have, but Igor said, ‘Why don’t you do a fashion show,'” Kramer says.

Additional Information:

Seams and Scenes

What: Exhibition, opening reception and fashion show

When: Through Oct. 14. Gallery hours: 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays. Opening reception 5-9 p.m. today. Fashion show of designs by Kari Kramer 3-4 p.m. Saturday beginning at entrance of Sirani Gallery. Closing reception 5-9 p.m. Oct. 14.

Admission: Free

Where: Sirani Gallery, 5875 Forbes Ave.

Details: 412-422-2121

Categories: News
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.