The CAFTCAD blog

Friday, July 17, 2009

Uniform Creativity

When dressing background performers, how often do we reuse the same top, dress or skirt? All the time!

For inspiration on how to keep recycled pieces looking fresh, check out The Uniform Project, one woman's experiment with wearing the same black cotton dress every day for 365 days. By layering and adding different accessories and hosiery, Sheena Matheiken manages to make every incarnation look new and unique. An added bonus: donations to the project are directed to a children's charity.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Alice in Wonderland

A sneak peek at some of the fantastic costumes (and makeup) from Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland", set to be released in 2010.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Alber Elbaz

Great interview about the philosophy of design with Alber Elbaz, the artistic director of Lanvin.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Check out our brand new website

CAFTCAD online  launched Thursday May 7th

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Our Third Movie Wardrobe Sale!

On Saturday May 23rd, from 9 to 5 pm,

join us for our Spring Movie Wardrobe Sale where CAFTCAD members and friends will be selling off their treasures including vintage and contemporary garments used in local films and television, accessoires, wardrobe supplies, and handcraft goods.

Always such surprises to be found!

Taking place at Filmport Studios, 225 Commissioners Street, south of Lakeshore between Cherry Street and Carlaw Avenue.

$3 Entry fee to support CAFTCAD initiatives.

Members, Children, and Seniors receive free admission.

Free Parking.

Vendor Applications and Frequently Asked Questions are now available at

Volunteers for Friday May 22nd and Saturday May 23rd are also welcome.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sales • Toronto

Calling all Frugal Fashionistas!

The $2 Clothing Sale

Saturday, April 18, 2009
10:00am - 4:00pm
The Walmer Centre
188 Lowther Avenue, 1 block West of Spadina Ave, 1 Block North of Bloor St.
Toronto, ON
Hundreds of Modern, Vintage and Retro clothing items for Women, Men and Children of all ages, sizes and seasons!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Spring Movie Wardrobe Sale

Save the Date!

CAFTCAD is excited to announce the much anticipated Spring Movie Wardrobe Sale for Saturday May 23rd,
(no, it's not the long weekend- we checked!)

As our last 2 successful events, there will be members of CAFTCAD, Costume Industry Businesses and Individuals, and Vintage Dealers selling clothing and items from past productions and other wares to the general public. Clothing, both contemporary and vintage, accessories, fabrics, books, and wardrobe supplies will be offered at this one day event.

PLEASE NOTE that the sale will NOT be taking place at 629 Eastern Ave as it has in the past. The location is still to be confirmed.

Vendor Packs will be sent out in the next few weeks so please let us know if you're interested in participating in this sale.

Can't wait to shop!

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Our first CAFTCADEMY seminar series was a huge success!

Held at Filmport from March 6th to 8th, the seminars covered topics such as reserach, illustration, measurements and millinery. We kicked off the weekend with a presentation by world-renowned cinematographer Derek Vanlint (Alien, Dragonslayer) followed by a wine and cheese.

Please enjoy these photos from the weekend and stay tuned for the next CAFTCADEMY!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Movie Opening

Boost the Box office

Bruce McDonald's latest movie, 

PONTYPOOL - opens March 6th at the Varsity (Bay and Boor). There are plans to open the film at other theatres across the country, If it does well on opening weekend so please come out to support the fi, and be part of what could be a huge success in the making!

Bruce's movie is funny, terrifying and driven by nothing short of Award Winning Performances from Stetphen NcHattie and the entire cast, 

See the trailor and synopsis at: and see the movie this weekend at the Varsity in Toronto!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

We just got a hot tip we wanted to share

The Mirvish Bookstore on 596 Markham Street in Toronto is closing it's doors, forever.

Catering to an artistic crowd for over 30 years, the bookstore carried books on the visual arts: art, photography, architecture and design.

Saturday February 28th at 6 p.m is closing time on the last day to shop and visit this landmark in Mirvish Village.

Directions: One block west of Bathurst just south of Bloor Street in Mirvish Village. The Bathurst stop on the Bloor Subway line has an exit onto Markham Street on the north side of Bloor.

CAFTCADEMY Instructors Confirmed

We are pleased to confirm the following instructors for our upcoming seminar series.

Friday March 6

The Art of Cinematography • Derek Vanlint

Saturday March 7

Breakdown • Marjorie Fielding

Research - Traditional to Digital • Martha Mann & Luis Sequeira

Budgeting • Ruth Secord

Measuring the body • Marvin Schlichtling

The Art of Fitting • Darci Cheyne

Sunday March 8

Resum├ęs & Portfolios • Karin Martin

Reels & the web • Hector Herrera
Hector Herrera is the Creative Director for The Studio Upstairs, the post and design company under the Creative Post Umbrella.

Costume Illustration • Catherine Trembley

Catherine Trembley, instructor at George Brown College, has over 10 years industry experience with fashion illustration, product development and graphic design related projects.

An Introduction to 20th Century Hats • Loreen Lightfoot.
Last day to Register for CAFTCADEMY is Noon, Monday March 2nd (one week from today!)
Cheques are to be made payable to CAFTCAD and can be mailed or dropped off during business hours, Monday to Friday at our office address on the left.
If you require more information, please email us at

Sunday, February 8, 2009


CAFTCAD is very proud to present CAFTCADEMY,
A weekend of Film Costume Seminars with subjects to interest all those in the Wardrobe Community.

Friday March 6, Saturday March 7, and Sunday March 8
at Filmport, 225 Commisioners Street, Toronto, Ontario.

Topics include working with a D.O.P, how to make a reel, build and present your portfolio, fundamentals of fitting, aging, researching, budgeting and much more.

Lunch will be provided for those who enroll in the whole weekend or purchase day passes. Single seminars are also available.

With great thanks to Filmport and our talented instructors, we've managed to bring this series in at an amazing first time value to both our members and the community. Prices ranging from $100 for Members for the whole weekend to single seminars starting at $20, this is an amazing and rare opportunity to meet and learn from some of our industry's best.

Further info. on registration and details are available by request from
For questions regarding joining CAFTCAD as a member, please email
Also please check out out facebook page CAFTCAD.

Registration is limited so book early!

*NOTE: Visa and Mastercard may be used only when you call 416-531-2591 during regular business hours.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Friends of Chris Howard

Memorial for Chris Howard, aka 'Howie'

A Memorial service will be held this Saturday, February 7th in honour of our dearly departed friend Chris.

The service will be held at
Filmport, 225 Commissioners St. Toronto, ON. Stage #3, beginning at 1 pm.

His sparkling smile will be greatly missed to all those had the joy of knowing him.

Obituary from the Toronto Star available at

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Winter Antiques Sale at Sherway Gardens

The 2009 edition of The Winter Antiques Sale features
decorator stock, antiques, vintage fashion icluding CAFTCAD Treasurer's Ian Drummond Collection, country furniture, fun finds and lots of one-of-a-kinds!
In fact, top exhibitors from Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa,
Kingston, Toronto, Sarnia and Western Ontario will be featuring over 10,000 items.


Opens at 11am Sunday January 25th - Sunday February 1st , 2009
Monday - Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 9:30am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

Sherway Gardens , exclusive home to Toronto's oldest antiques sale
is located just 15 minutes west of downtown Toronto
The Q.E.W. just west of Highway 427

Monday, January 19, 2009

Royal Canadian Air Farce Wardrobe Sale

After 16 years of being on the air, the favourite
Royal Canadian Air Farce is closing up shop...
and selling you the wardrobe, props, and furniture from the show!

At the CBC Building, 205 Wellington St,
Wednesday January 21st and Thursday January 22nd,
from 10 a.m to 3 p.m on the 9th floor, John St. green elevators,
you can purchase various costumes and wardrobe, both modern and theatrical, sizes for women around 2-4 and 14-16, and assortment of men's items including suits for only $20. All Prices are extremely reasonable.

As well Props are for sale on the 10th floor at the John St. Entrance,
and Furniture is on both the B4 Level, blue elevators,
and the 10th floor, green elevators.

Take a piece of Canadiana home with you to place beside your TV set as you watch the show and beam when your new scarf appears on screen!

Visa, Mastercard, Cheque, and Cash accepted.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Meeting reminder