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Costume Shop - Dance

Before and after costume design

Before and after costume design by Tara Webb

The Swarthmore College Costume Shop has provided costume-related services to the Swarthmore campus and the surrounding arts community for many varieties of performances, events, and student social functions since the Lang Performing Arts Center opened in 1990.  The Costume Shop operates to assist students and faculty with costume related issues during the academic year as well as to provide a learning space for costume design classes. The Shop also provides costume production assistance for most campus performances and arts events in the LPAC while maintaining a variety of stock costume items available for check out to the campus community.   The Shop is gratefully supported by the Dance Program and Theater Department as well as Drama Board and the Lang Performing Arts Center administration. 

In an effort to make your Shop experience more efficient and pleasant for everyone involved, please take note of our posted GUIDELINES, which are also available from the shop staff. If you have any questions regarding Costume Shop issues or general queries about the Shop or you need to set up an appointment to checkout costumes, please contact Tara Webb, the Costume Shop Manager, by telephone at 610-957-6212 (x6212 from a campus phone) or by email at

Location and Schedule

The Costume Shop is located in Room #16 in the basement hallway on ground floor of LPAC.  Hours of operation are posted at the start of each semester.  Generally, the Shop is open Monday through Friday during regular business hours, unless otherwise noted.  Due to the volume of activity in the Shop, access to the Shop outside of posted hours is by appointment only or with special departmental permission. 

Unsupervised access to the shop is reserved with permission from the Shop Supervisor for design students, faculty, and Shop staff only.

Contacts and Hours

Please schedule an appointment with the staff in advance,

especially if you are planning a large project or are part of a class.

Tara Webb '94, Costume Shop Manager

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