Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764, I.A.T.S.E.






Hat Class Offered at FIT


Member Janet Linville, who works at the Metropolitan Opera as a milliner, will be teaching a class this spring through FIT’s Professional Development Department called “Hats and Headpieces for Styling, Image and Costume Design”.  For those interested in taking the class, it is course number SXW460 in the FIT course catalog.  Tuition cost for this class is $220. The class runs for 5 Mondays beginning April 21st,from 6 to 9 p.m.  Students will learn cleaning, stiffening, repair and restoration of hats, which should appeal to wardrobe professionals.  Students will also learn how to take easily found hats---a fedora, for example---and turn them into period or fantasy hats.  This should appeal to a designer on a budget.

Anyone interested can register through FIT.  For more information, you can email Janet at





The Theatrical Wardrobe Attendants in New York City first organized in 1919 as a federal union affiliated with the American Federation of Labor.  In 1942, this union was granted a charter to become part of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada.  In 1982 the word "attendants" was dropped from the name and the Local was issued a new charter as "Theatrical Wardrobe Union, Local 764 of the I.A.T.S.E."  The Local currently has over 1,200 members working in all aspects of costume and wardrobe work in the New York City area in virtually every major live entertainment venue in the city, as well as on television shows and motion pictures shooting within a 50-mile radius of Columbus Circle.
Our Mission
A union is a group of workers who have come together to promote their common interests.  Many people in many ways have expressed this basic understanding over the years.  Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes put it this way in a 1937 Supreme Court Decision:
"Long ago we stated the reason for labor organizations. We said they were organized out of the necessities of the situation; that a single employee was helpless in dealing with the employer...that the union was essential to give laborers the opportunity to deal on an equal [basis] with their employer."
The employees' role in an unionized workplace is unique. With a union, those who work for a particular employer are no longer just a group of individuals; they are a collective unit, as well. The union has the right-and the legal duty-to speak with one voice on behalf of all the employees' in what is called the "collective bargaining unit"; thus, the employer loses the advantage of dealing with each employee individually. In a non-union setting, workers count on only their own strength; in a union setting, workers still have their own strength, plus the strength of the group.

The heart and soul of this union is our members. Local 764 encourages our members to be involved in Union matters in as many ways as they can. Attend the membership meetings; serve on contract committees, read the newsletter and other communiqués from the Union to keep yourself informed. Other ways to keep involved are to participate in the annual Toy Drive, Quilt Raffle, and summer member party. Keep in touch with the Business Representatives and union officers, and call them when you have questions on the job. Read your contract.
Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764, I.A.T.S.E.
545 West 45th Street, Floor 2 | New York, NY 10036 |
Phone: 212-957-3500 |   Fax: 212-957-3232

The following is a link to a very interesting article on the tragic death of IA member Sarah Jones.

Please take a moment to read this and and keep it in mind in keeping yourself safe on the job site.