5 Costume Tips for New Directors


School is back in session across the country, and we know what that means… it’s time to get your Rivar’s order started! For those of you that are seasoned professionals, you know the drill when it comes to picking your fabrics and styles (you probably started brainstorming last school year!), sizing your students, and placing your order with your account manager. But for all the new directors out there, this process can be overwhelming, and it’s hard to know where to begin. Rivar’s is here to help.


  1. Ask questions!

There is no such thing as too many questions when talking with a costume company throughout the ordering process. These costumes are made-to-order, and we want to make sure you love them and your expectations are met! Schedule time to call your sales rep and discuss the sizing/ordering process at length. Knowing all the details about sizing, ordering and timeline will help you feel more prepared, and make your sales rep more prepared to accommodate your needs.


  1. Seek design advice.

Overwhelmed by the variety of sequins? Our sales reps are here to help you in the creative process as well as the administrative one. They are familiar with the fabrics and styles we offer, and they can help you design the dress of your dreams. Because we work as a team, we are able to bounce ideas off of one another, which allows us to put together the perfect outfit for your group.


  1. The earlier, the better!

Size early. Order early. The earlier you order, the less panic will ensue as your concert date arrives. As a new director, you have enough to worry about without having to stress about your costumes. We are here to take care of your costumes, but we need your order in our hands to get your costumes into production. Questions about sizing and ordering? Call us!


  1. Find a costume mom!

Costuming will need care and attention all throughout the school year, and having a costume mom or team to take care of the situations that arise will make that process much smoother.  A common misconception is that costumes will arrive, fitting perfectly, and they won’t have to worry about them from there on.  The reality is, students grow and change throughout the school year.  A hem might tear or zipper might bust due to heavy choreography and constant wear.  Some students will be better about keeping track of all their pieces than others.  Having a costume army to take charge of these things will keep you focused on the bigger picture – your students and the music!


  1. Remain calm, and enjoy the ride.

We believe that you are playing a vital role in the lives of many students. The arts are such a special field to be a part of, and we are grateful that you are giving this season of your life to developing the next generation of artists. We are a custom apparel company, but we are also huge supporters of the arts and music education. We encourage you to remain calm when the overwhelm starts to take over, and remember that this new school year is part of a wonderful adventure. You are changing lives, and there is nothing better than that.