Mae Haskins

Mae Haskins

Assistant Costume Designer at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

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Location:
1650 North Halsted Street, Chicago, Illinois, United States
HQ Phone:
(312) 335-1650

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Mae Haskins
Assistant Costume Designer

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Most recently, I had the fortune of shadowing our Assistant Costume Designer, Mae Haskins, as she began shopping for costume pieces for A Parallelogram.
After spending one day with her, I felt as though I had been trained to become an undercover agent on a deadly mission.

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Most recently, I had the fortune of shadowing our Assistant Costume Designer, Mae Haskins, as she began shopping for costume pieces for A Parallelogram.
After spending one day with her, I felt as though I had been trained to become an undercover agent on a deadly mission. After Mara gave these images over to Mae, it was then her job to purchase clothing that resembles those images as closely as possible. For two and a half hours, I looked through Mae's favorite websites and bookmarked any sweaters worth considering, while Mae searched for "hooded sweater" on Google. While looking through the Google images, Mae came across a picture of the same model that was in the image provided by Mara. So Mae clicked on the Google link, and within seconds was able to navigate the website to find the exact same hooded sweater the designer wanted. My jaw dropped in awe of her detective work. Next, we decided which stores to visit in person. To plan the route, Mae takes into consideration which stores have the brands preferred by our ensemble members and the quality of clothing the characters in the play would wear. Once the stores are selected, she maps out the special parking places and even notes which stores have the nicest restrooms. Mae also keeps many gadgets on hand: measuring tape, costume piece list, research images, actor size chart, tax-exempt letter, coupons, rewards cards, and reusable bags. Even with all the preparation and tools by her side, Mae is not a lone agent. In certain stores she has secret operatives on the floor to assist her while she is shopping. Tony is one of her go-to salesmen. All she has to do is hand him the costume images and he takes over the hunt from there. Once he has selected some pieces, Mae nods a "go ahead" and hands over the credit card and tax-exempt letter. The damage has officially been done. After this round of shopping, each actor now has several options to try on for the designer and director to look at for approval. Should they decide that one of those items is not quite right or want to move in a completely different direction, Mae will be sent back out into the field for another mission. With strong capabilities in research, preparation, execution, and delegation, Mae Haskins could always work for the C.I.A. should she decide to leave the theatre industry. I would feel confident leaving both my wardrobe and my country in her hands.

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