UK costume makers turn from Star Wars to focus on scrubs

CHIPPING CAMDEN, ENGLAND: Costume makers in Britain who normally dress actors in shows from Downton Abbey to Game of Thrones and Batman have joined forces to make scrubs for medics fighting the coronavirus outbreak.

Working from kitchens, sheds and attics across the country, the team is churning out uniforms for returning medics and clinicians who do not normally wear them.

Dulcie Scott, who most recently made couture dresses for Ruth Wilson in the BBC’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, is helping lead the effort alongside a material buyer who once worked on a medical drama.

Now some 150 costume makers are producing the garments, including those who previously worked on such shows as Star Wars, Outlander and Doctor Who.

“It went way beyond anything I could have imagined,” Scott told Reuters. “We have the most phenomenal, world-class network of costume makers helping us.”

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