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Costume-Con 26: Adventures in the Costume Continuum
ended on April 28, 2008
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    Costume-Con 26 Fashion and Art to Wear Competitions and Show

    Costume-Con 26 Parallel Dimensions in Design Awards

    Posted: May 7, 2008

    Here are the awards given for pieces in the Parallel Dimensions in Design runway show.

    In addition, Dawn McKechnie, winner of the "Dr Terwilliker Memorial Award" for her Future Fashion Folio design for "Little Miss Malicious" was presented with a copy of The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T; the prize was presented by Convention Chair Kevin Roche, sponsor of the award.

    Ms McKechnie was also presented with a copy of "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins" by PDiD Directors Bruce and Dana MacDermott for her overwhelming support for the Seussian subtheme in the Folio.

    Art to Wear Awards

    Most Animated (Art to Wear)
    Interpretation of a Late 20th Century Scarlett O'Hara Ball Gown
    Darcy Fowkes and J Rosella Myers

    Techno Art (Art to Wear)
    Zig Zag Beat
    Doghood and Wayne Rhodes

    Single Pattern Contest Awards

    Honored for Attention to Detail (Single Pattern - Wellington Top Hat)
    Who's In Your Rose Garden?
    Julia Hyll

    Sheer Intricacy (Single Pattern - Wellington Top Hat)
    Lace Mueller
    Judith Hollenberger

    Best in Class (Single Pattern - Wellington Top Hat)
    Tipsy Topper
    Nora Mai

    Special Hat Award - It's Grape! (Single Pattern - Wellington Top Hat)
    Tipsy Topper
    Nora Mai

    Best Construction by an Up-and-Coming Costumer (Single Pattern - Kontusz Coat)
    Future Court Jester
    Elizabeth Mittmann

    Best in Class (Single Pattern - Kontusz Coat)
    Saramations? I thought you said Dalmatians!
    Karen Siemens

    Best Use of Dead Puppies (Single Pattern - Kontusz Coat)
    Saramations? I thought you said Dalmatians!
    Karen Siemens

    Best Fabric Choice by an Up-and-Coming Costumer (Single Pattern - Kontusz Coat)
    Dragon's Apprentice
    Erin Mittmann

    Attention to Detail (Single Pattern - Clown Costume)
    Florabelle
    Catherine & Irene Leeson

    Boundary Breaker Award (Single Pattern - Clown Costume)
    Ren Fair Nightmare
    Mary Ellen Smith

    Best in Class (Single pattern - Clown Costume)
    Halloween Clown
    Dawn McKechnie

    Best Workmanship (Single Pattern - Clown Costume)
    Remembrance of Threads Past
    Jacqueline M. Ward

    Future Fashion Awards

    ! (Future Fashion Show)
    The New Fashion in Airline Security
    Dorothy O'Hare

    Best Workmanship (Future Fashion Show)
    Palace Protocol Officer
    Janet Wilson Anderson

    Honored for Excellence in Fabric Choice (Future Fashion Show)
    Elder Statesman
    Pierre E Pettinger

    Best Interpretation not by Designer (Future Fashion Show)
    If Jules Verne Had Been Julia: The Lighthouse Keeper
    Karen Dick

    Most Seussical (Future Fashion Show)
    Auntie's Fluzzy Wuz Coat and Fancy Flurbish Hat
    Mary Ellen Smith

    Honored for Pleating (Future Fashion Show)
    Priestess of the Sky Goddess
    Loretta Gilmartin

    Honored for Materials Processing (Future Fashion Show)
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Lisa Ashton

    Best Interpretation by Designer (Future Fashion Show)
    Black Widow
    Sarah Ittyerah

    Best in Folio (Future Fashion Show)
    Fae Warrior
    Jonnalyhn Wolfcat

    Creative Translation from Page to Fabric (Future Fashion Show)
    Little Miss Malicious
    Genevieve Hildebrand-Chupp

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    Costume-Con 26 Parallel Dimensions in Design Entries

    Posted: May 7, 2008

    Here is the complete run order for the pieces presented in the Parallel Dimensions in Design show at Costume-Con 26.

    1. Art to Wear
      Lost & Found
      Designed by: Julia Hyll
      Created by: Julia Hyll
      Presented by: Julia Hyll
    2. Art to Wear
      The Lost Button
      Designed by: Kathe Barrows
      Created by: Kathe Barrows
      Presented by: Kathe Barrows
    3. Art to Wear
      Interpretation of a Late 20th Century Scarlett O'Hara Ball Gown
      Designed by: Darcy Fowkes and J Rosella Myers
      Created by: Darcy Fowkes and J Rosella Myers
      Presented by: Darcy Fowkes
    4. Art to Wear
      Cyber Pink and August
      Designed by: Jean Battiato
      Created by: Jean Battiato
      Presented by: Eric Prill
    5. Art to Wear
      A Go Go Boy from Jupiter
      Designed by: Doghood
      Created by: Doghood
      Presented by: Doghood
    6. Art to Wear
      Zig Zag Beat
      Designed by: Doghood and Wayne Rhodes
      Created by: Doghood and Wayne Rhodes
      Presented by: Wayne Rhodes
    7. Hat (Single Pattern Contest)
      Who's in your Rose Garden
      Designed by: Julia Hyll
      Created by: Julia Hyll
      Presented by: Richard Hyll
    8. Hat (Single Pattern Contest)
      Lace Mueller
      Designed by: Judith Hollenberger
      Created by: Judith Hollenberger
      Presented by: Judith Hollenberger
    9. Hat (Single Pattern Contest)
      Reception at the Center of the Earth
      Designed by: Judith Hollenberger
      Created by: Judith Hollenberger
      Presented by: Judith Hollenberger
    10. Hat (Single Pattern Contest)
      Mad Veterinarian Hat
      Designed by: Lisa Root
      Created by: Lisa Root
      Presented by: Lisa Root
    11. Hat (Single Pattern Contest)
      No Bad Days
      Designed by: Lisa Root
      Created by: Lisa Root
      Presented by: Katherine Webb
    12. Hat (Single Pattern Contest)
      Tipsy Topper
      Designed by: Nora Mai
      Created by: Nora Mai
      Presented by: Nora Mai
    13. Kontusz (Single Pattern Contest)
      Vintner's Kontusz
      Designed by: Nora Mai
      Created by: Nora Mai
      Presented by: Nora Mai
    14. Kontusz (Single Pattern Contest)
      The Russkaya Prostitutka
      Designed by: Nicole Roberts & Dot Caffrey
      Created by: Nicole Roberts
      Presented by: Nicole Roberts
    15. Kontusz (Single Pattern Contest)
      Future Court Jester
      Designed by: Elizabeth Mittmann
      Created by: Elizabeth Mittmann
      Presented by: Elizabeth Mittmann
    16. Kontusz (Single Pattern Contest)
      Saramations? I thought you said Dalmatians!
      Designed by: Karen Siemens
      Created by: Karen Siemens
      Presented by: Karen Siemens
    17. Kontusz (Single Pattern Contest)
      Dragon's Apprentice
      Designed by: Erin Mittmann
      Created by: Erin Mittmann
      Presented by: Erin Mittmann
    18. Clown (Single Pattern Contest)
      Florabelle
      Designed by: Catherine Leeson
      Created by: Catherine & Irene Leeson
      Presented by: Catherine Leeson
    19. Clown (Single Pattern Contest)
      Ren Fair Nightmare
      Designed by: Mary Ellen Smith
      Created by: Mary Ellen Smith
      Presented by: Keri Doering
    20. Clown (Single Pattern Contest)
      The Blossoming Rose
      Designed by: Kimberly Gruenke
      Created by: Kimberly Gruenke
      Presented by: Kimberly Gruenke
    21. Clown (Single Pattern Contest)
      Halloween Clown
      Designed by: Dawn McKechnie
      Created by: Dawn McKechnie
      Presented by: Dawn McKechnie
    22. Clown (Single Pattern Contest)
      Hot Pink Harlequin Fancies Flight
      Designed by: Loretta Gilmartin
      Created by: Loretta Gilmartin
      Presented by: Maurine Starkey
    23. Clown (Single Pattern Contest)
      Remembrance of Threads Past
      Designed by: Jacqueline M. Ward
      Created by: Jacqueline M. Ward
      Presented by: Jacqueline M. Ward
    24. Future Fashion
      The New Fashion in Airline Security
      Designed by: Dawn McKechnie
      Created by: Dorothy O'Hare
      Presented by: Bill Howard
    25. Future Fashion
      Modesty Wrap
      Designed by: Karen Heim
      Created by: Karen Heim
      Presented by: Anne Davenport
    26. Future Fashion
      Elegant Gothic Lolita Afternoon Ensemble
      Designed by: Nora Mai
      Created by: Karen Heim
      Presented by: Karen Heim
    27. Future Fashion
      Palace Protocol Officer
      Designed by: Janet Wilson Anderson
      Created by: Janet Wilson Anderson
      Presented by: Janet Wilson Anderson
    28. Future Fashion
      Flame Coat
      Designed by: Janet Wilson Anderson
      Created by: Jonnalyhn Wolfcat
      Presented by: Joe Kukowski
    29. Future Fashion
      Elder Statesman
      Designed by: Pierre and Sandy Pettinger
      Created by: Pierre E Pettinger
      Presented by: Pierre E Pettinger
    30. Future Fashion
      Knight of The Triad
      Designed by: Pierre and Sandy Pettinger
      Created by: JoAnn Abbott
      Presented by: Scott Abbott
    31. Future Fashion
      If Jules Verne Had Been Julia: The Lighthouse Keeper
      Designed by: Alison Kondo
      Created by: Karen Dick
      Presented by: Karen Dick
    32. Future Fashion
      Sheriff McPeaches' Sneetch Breeches
      Designed by: Dawn McKechnie
      Created by: Greg Sardo
      Presented by: Greg Sardo
    33. Future Fashion
      Auntie's Fluzzy Wuz Coat and Fancy Flurbish Hat
      Designed by: Dawn McKechnie
      Created by: Mary Ellen Smith
      Presented by: Mary Ellen Smith
    34. Future Fashion
      Merovingian Emperor's Nouveau Walking Suit
      Designed by: Phil D. Page, aka Kevin Roche
      Created by: Kevin Roche
      Presented by: Kevin Roche
    35. Future Fashion
      Priestess of the Sky Goddess
      Designed by: F.W. Evans
      Created by: Loretta Gilmartin
      Presented by: Loretta Gilmartin
    36. Future Fashion
      Smoke and Mirrors
      Designed by: F.W. Evans
      Created by: Lisa Ashton
      Presented by: Lisa Ashton
    37. Future Fashion
      Black Widow
      Designed by: Sarah Ittyerah
      Created by: Sarah Ittyerah
      Presented by: Gail Wolfenden-Steib
    38. Future Fashion
      Future Formal Wear 2
      Designed by: Zhang Tian
      Created by: Kathe Barrows
      Presented by: Sandy Pettinger
    39. Future Fashion
      Little Miss Malicious
      Designed by: Dawn McKechnie
      Created by: Genevieve Hildebrand-Chupp
      Presented by: Genevieve Hildebrand-Chupp
    40. Future Fashion
      Fae Warrior
      Designed by: Dana Teh
      Created by: Jonnalyhn Wolfcat
      Presented by: Jonnalyhn Wolfcat

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    Parallel Dimensions in Design Show: Fashion and Art to Wear at Costume-Con

    Posted: February 12, 2008

    On Sunday morning at Costume-Con 26, join our local paparazzi to be be bemused and amazed by a parade of fun and fashion at Parallel Dimensions in Design, our runway fashion show. It's up to you whether you enjoy the show from a seat in the audience or from the runway itself!

    Parallel Dimensions in Design will feature garments resulting from three different competitions:

    If you wish to participate, you can reserve a design from the Folio using our online system, or you can email ffshow@cc26.org to inquire about the Single Pattern Contest or Art to Wear exhibition.

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    Your imagination is the only limit in the Costume-Con 26 Single Pattern Contest

    Posted: February 13, 2008

    There are three patterns for this year's single pattern competition. You may select any of them and tweak and interpret, embellish and modify as you see fit. Two of the patterns were selected in time for optional inclusion in the Folio. You can still select either of these patterns to work with.

    They are

    Registration for the Single Pattern competition can be done in advance or at the convention up to Saturday mid day. The absolute deadline will be announced after scheduling is complete. Needless to say, we prefer if you register in advance. There will be an online registration form for this, but in the meantime you may simple email us at ffshow@cc26.org informing us of your intention to enter.

    Updates on competition and staging details will be communicated to those registered for the event and posted on the website

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    Art to Wear at CC26

    Posted: February 13, 2008

    Costume-Con does not always have an Art to Wear event, but in keeping with our mini-theme, it seemed as though Parallel Dimensions in Design really ought to include it.

    What is Art to Wear? It's a...
    "Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need! It's a shirt. It's a sock. It's a glove. It's a hat. But it has other uses. Yes, far beyond that." Dr Seuss, The Lorax

    Do you have an article of clothing you have created that is not quite a costume, doesn't fit into any of the other events, but uses creative techniques to result in something unique and artistic? Or do you want to build something of this nature in time for CC-26?

    If so, the Art to Wear competition may be the ideal place for you. Your entry can be a single piece of clothing, or an outfit. It can be completely of your construction, or something you have embellished into an entirely new identity.

    For this event, we will need you to register in advance with a photograph of your item and a description of what it is, and how you did it. Although you can send us up to a half page of description, we will need one paragraph of up to 50 words for the MC to read. We reserve the right to jury the entries for this competition.

    Email us at ffshow@cc26.org or contact us by mail. Once again, updates on competition and staging details will be communicated to those registered for the event.

    Bruce and Dana MacDermott, Co-Directors, Parallel Dimensions in Design, 2801 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

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    Ordering official Costume-Con 26 DVDs

    Posted: June 8, 2008

    The Official Video DVDs of the Costume-Con 26 Stage Competitions are now available for order!

    There are two DVDs available:

    • CC26-SIFI - Contains the Science Fiction Masquerade Event.
    • CC26-HIST - Contains the Historical Masquerade and the Dimensions In Design Event.

    Each DVD is $14.00 Dollars (includes shipping). Order requests should be sent to

    Eric Cannon,
    6446 Abbeydale Court,
    Orlando, Florida, 32818.
    Checks should be made payable to "Eric Cannon".
    

    If you prefer, you may contact him at RRVORLANDO (at) MSN.COM, if you would prefer to pay via PAYPAL.

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    Posted: February 13, 2008

    From page to stage, Costume-Con's fashion competitions allow you to take the role of couturier, designing your own spring collection and having it modeled on the runway. A challenge for both the designer and the manufacturer, Future Fashion merges the real with the fantastic, the practical with the decorative, and in the best cases the ridiculous with the sublime. We are currently planning three main outlets for your fashion visions:

    Future Fashion Folio and Future Fashion Show

    Did you enjoy Fashion Plates or Katy Keene when you were a kid (watch it, you're dating yourself)? Do you like sketching wild and avant-garde fashion designs? The Future Fashion Folio is full of designs selected by our jury from sketches submitted by designers from around the world!

    The selected designs were assembled by editor Karen Tully and her staff into a keepsake unique to Costume-Con. The Folio will be sent out to all registered members, or delivered in person at the conference when we get close to the its weekend

    Once the Folio is sent out, the second part of the fun begins! If you're the kind of person who likes figuring out how to actually make something from little more than a sketch and a description, you can make a design from the Folio for our at-con Future Fashion Show. (Note that you must be a member of the convention to be in the show). Instructions for reserving designs for the show from Bruce and Dana MacDermott, our Fashion Show Directors, may be found here on this page as well

    Single Pattern Competition

    Like to alter/embellish, but hate to draft patterns? Perhaps the Single Pattern Competition is the outlet for your talents. We select some patterns that lend themselves to embellishment, and then turn you and your imagination loose on them.  Bring your finished pieces to the convention to be judged by our panel of costumers and wearable artists, and then show it off during the Sunday Fashion Show!

    Art to Wear

    We also have room for those artistic garment creations that aren't costumes, aren't future fashion, but really ought to be seen by an appreciative audience. A juried runway exhibition of Art to Wear is the third component of our Fashion competitions ensemble.

    Models:

    If you don't sew, but are willing to model someone else's work in the show, we can use your help!

    For information about the Future Fashion Show, at-con Single Pattern Competition, or modeling, please email Dana and Bruce at ffshow@cc26.org

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    Sneak preview of Future Fashion Folio designs...

    Posted: February 2, 2008

    A few of our designers gave us permission to post images of their submissions on our website. You can get a sneak preview of some highlights of the Costume-Con 26 Future Fashion Folio in our gallery. If available, we've posted the color version!. Of course, the only way to see all the designs in the Folio is to join Costume-Con 26 as an Attending or Supporting Member!

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    Awards in the Fashion Show

    Posted: November 28, 2007

    Parallel Dimensions in Design will offer (optional) workmanship judging for all categories of entries: Folio; Single Pattern and Art to Wear.
    Awards will be given to recognize excellence; ICG Guideline-style competition levels may be considered as an indication of experience.
    At the discretion of the Show Directors and Judges, special awards may be given for any work that evokes Dr. Seuss.
    Entries from the Folio will be eligible for awards for the realization of the original designs.
    All judging will take place backstage or before the show.
    Complete information on the judging process, guidelines and rules will be released at a future date.

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    How to reserve Folio designs for the Future Fashion Show

    Posted: November 28, 2007

    Here is your Folio, check out each page
    For the entry you're dying to take on the stage.
    The runway is calling, you know what to do:
    Reserve it, and build it. The show counts on you!

    Parallel Dimensions in Design, aka The Future Fashion Show, will be held on Sunday, April 27th, 2008, as part of Costume-Con 26. To participate, you must be an attending member of CC26.

    Here is how to get into the show.

    1. Submit a design reservation request via regular mail, e-mail or log in and use the reservation form on this site no sooner than December 5, 2007 (15 days after the Folio was mailed to registered attendees)
      Requests will be honored in order of postmark date OR e-mail date stamp, not the order received.

      We highly recommend using the online reservation form as it places your request directly into our database without any risk of transcription errors. It also automatically generates a postmark.

      Reservations may not be made by phone, text message, or instant messaging.
    2. Designers always have first claim to their designs. Designs that have already been reserved exclusively for their designer are so indicated in the Folio.
    3. You may select three or more designs and indicate your order of preference. If you wish to create more than one design, be sure to indicate that as well. You may build more than one design for the Fashion Show, but you may only appear on stage once.
    4. It may be possible, at the discretion of the Designer and the Directors, for more than one member to create a design. Otherwise, choices will be assigned based upon availability. If all of your choices are unavailable, you will be notified promptly.
    5. When making a reservation for a design, please include your name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address (if available), your CC26 membership number from your mailing label, and your preferred way to receive your reservation confirmation (e-mail or postal).
    6. We will confirm your design reservations via your stated preference. This will allow you the maximum time for procurement of materials and production of your creation.


    E-mail your reservation requests to: ffshow@cc26.info
    Or mail them to:
    Parallel Dimensions in Design
    2801 Ashby Avenue
    Berkeley, CA 94705-2305
    Please note: if you are reserving one or more designs, we will need to be in contact with you as the Convention approaches. An e-mail address would be optimal

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    Third Pattern for the Single Pattern Show Announced

    Posted: November 28, 2007

    And, now we introduce to you an additional single pattern you can choose to work with as part of the Parallel Dimensions...

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    Important update to Costume-Con 26 Single Pattern Competition!

    Posted: July 24, 2007

    In response to popular demand, the Costume-Con 26 Future Fashion Folio and Future Fashion Show directors have...

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    Future Fashion Folio Rules and Submission Guidelines

    Posted: February 22, 2007

    Updated: July 24, 2007...

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