Costume Shop and Wardrobe Manager, Adrienne Smith, Makes PPE for the Broadway Relief Project

Meet Adrienne Smith, The Flea’s Costume Shop and Wardrobe Manager! While The Flea’s theaters are shuttered and dark, Adrienne has used her expertise in costume design and fashion styling to create medical gowns for Broadway Relief Project. In this Flea Chat, get a behind-the-scenes look at what Adrienne has been up to!

What is the Broadway Relief Project?

The Broadway Relief Project is a coalition of many skilled artists in the Broadway community who are partnering with NYC/EDC (Economic Development Corporation) to assist the medical community to build surgical gowns and other needed materials. The goal is to make 50,000 fabric medical gowns and masks for public service workers (50,000) in the next few weeks for those fighting on the front lines.

What are you up to?

Each week, we are creating 30 fabric medical gowns, complete with Velcro closures and ties. By the end of this week, we are expected to have completed 90 gowns. I am typically sewing 6-10 hours per day as there are many small steps involved to make sure the gowns are safe for use in the hospital (no loose threads!) and can be washed in a washing machine.

What has this process been like? 

I love being able to put my skills to work during this crisis, but I will say this project is INTENSE! My home studio has been turned into a gown factory as the easiest way to create these gowns is step by step – it looks like the gown factory exploded all over my apartment. 

What’s next for Adrienne?

We are getting a new workload starting next week, so I am planning to have completed over 200 gowns on behalf of The Flea by June 1st.

Stay tuned for more Flea Staff updates!