The Art of Aging And Destruction

Film/TV "ager/dyer" Jill Thibeau. (WBUR/Andrea Shea)

Ager/Dyer Jill Thibeau makes costumes for films to look older. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

The movie industry in Massachusetts has been getting a lot of attention lately with the filming of blockbusters like “American Hustle” and the forthcoming Whitey Bulger biopic, “Black Mass.”

When you think of all of the professionals involved in making movies, you probably think first about the actors, directors, writers and photographers. But there are also a lot of jobs in another key area: costume design and construction.

Costume teams are responsible for everything from dreaming up the glittery gowns we see onscreen to making sure every inch of James Bond’s suits stay neatly pressed — but WBUR’s Andrea Shea recently met someone whose job is to destroy clothing.


Jill Thibeau, clothing ager/dyer for film and television.


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  • “‘Most of what I do is just invisible,’ Thibeau said as she rubbed a new black leather belt back and forth on a work table with the heel of her hand. ‘I do a lot of belts and a lot of shoes. You know these are things you’ll never notice in the movie. But they’re things that just set the atmosphere.'”

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