||My name is James
Harrington and I began my interest in costume in 1976 when I was 12 years old.
It started in the small clothing collection of the Winona County Historical
Society where I volunteered as a custodian of the garments. Since then I have explored many aspects of
a career in costuming. I have worked many places including: The San Francisco
Opera and The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, The Goodman
Theater in Chicago, The Huntington Theater in Boston, Shakespeare Santa Cruz,
and Ballet West in Salt Lake City. No matter where my career had taken me, I'd
found my home on the staff of The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis where I began my
professional career as an intern in 1983.
I started gathering information to help me in my job as a Draper for the
Guthrie. When I started collecting publications, I was thrilled to find things
like back views of garments (something that designers often don't consider),
hem circumferences (very useful when draping skirts) and much more. Now I
read meticulously for any mention of cut and construction, illustrated or not,
to expand the information in my archive.
Over the years I have learned a great deal from primary source materials. For
example, images and information on petticoats and understructures fascinate me
because I believe they are the "key" to a silhouette. The diagrams I
have found pertaining to Capes, Cloaks, Mantles, and similar garments are enthralling
in their ingenuity and simplicity.
Through this site, I hope to share this, and much more, information with
people like you. Thanks again for visiting.