Ddora Costume Fellowship

  • 07 Feb 2020 2:30 PM
    Message # 8733185

    Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is seeking a full-time fellow to work and study under the leadership of OSV’s costume department for 12 months, starting in spring 2020. As a living history site dedicated to the history of early 19th century rural New England, a major component of OSV’s mission is its commitment to costumed third person interpretation. OSV’s costume department is responsible for fitting, constructing, and maintaining the period-appropriate costumes for more than 250 staff and volunteers. In addition to working with the costume department, the fellow will consult with OSV’s curatorial staff and have access to a significant collection of more than 6,000 historic garments for study and documentation.

    This fellowship is generously funded by the The Ddora Foundation, a foundation that seeks to benefit endeavors in the fine and applied arts, cultural preservation, and education.

    Interpretation – Costume Department

    Focus Area:

    Costume Study and Fabrication  

    Education & Experience

    • ·       High school diploma or equivalent
    • Proven ability to both machine and hand sew
    • Familiarity with appropriate fabrics to 19th century dress
    • Background in pattern work  
    • Experience in fittings   
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences


    • ·       Study and recreate a historic garment from the collection, including selecting an item of clothing, developing a pattern, selecting the correct fabric (weight, material and color), and grading.
    • ·       Costuming an individual staff member; fitting, pattern, muslin and sewing.
    • ·       Fitting for staff, volunteers, interns, fellows and discovery adventures.
    • ·       Lead educational programing for OSV varied audiences including, front gate visitor, education groups and Old Sturbridge Academy. 

    Hours, Stipend & Application:
    This is a one-year fellowship begins early spring 2020. The workday is normally from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the museum is usually open Wednesday – Sunday; winter hours may differ. The fellow will receive a stipend of $14,000. Stipends are based on a 40-hour a week and will be prorated if shorter hours or season are agreed upon. The position includes housing available at no cost (housing deposit is required). PTO & Sick time is accrued based on hours worked. No health or medical benefits are included.

    Please submit a letter of interest indicating a desired focus area, resume, and two letters of reference to kadams@osv.org. Please put “Ddora Costume Fellowship” and your last name into the subject line.

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