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10/9 am
on KET

5:30/4:30 pm
on KET2

Louise Cecil Costumes

You could call her a Jill-of-many-trades.

Louise Cecil, archival photo Louise Cecil has been a model, a professional Christmas tree decorator, a public speaker, even an editor-at-large for a national magazine. However, for the last 35 years Cecil has earned a reputation as Louisville’s premier costumer.

Louise Cecil Costumes, located at 817 S. Floyd Street in downtown Louisville, is 4,500 square-feet of incredible attire – approximately 10,000 costumes – many of them handmade.

Louise’s creations have helped Louisvillians celebrate the holidays and special events; have helped school sports fans cheer on their teams in the form of mascots (including Western Kentucky University’s Big Red and the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Bird), and have graced local stages in theatre productions.

Louise says she doesn’t use patterns to produce her works of art, rather she uses pictures and drawings. Her costumes also require in-depth research.

Louise Cecil Louise Cecil learned sewing through 4-H and her high school home economics class. She began making costumes out of her home in 1973. Her growing inventory has led her to relocate several times, most recently in 2007.

Amazingly, Louise doesn’t rely on computers to catalogue her large stock of costumes. She keeps it all in her head!

Program 305
Odd tales about the Commonwealth, a unique leather goods store, local costumer Louise Cecil, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Sandy Bowen, executive director of Safe Place, joins us in the studio. (#305)