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Costume-Con 26: Adventures in the Costume Continuum
ended on April 28, 2008
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    Costume-Con 26 Preliminary Program Listing

    Note: Program subject to change; also please excuse any duplicate entries that may appear as we update the database.

    Costume-Con 26 Program Items


    costuming in miniature

    Class
    Kayta Barrows (that's me)

    The idea is to explore what costumes can be done in mineature, and to offer a guided tour of the doll exhibit at the same time.

    I'd like to give a guided tour of the exhibits in the doll room, with emphasis on what can be done in scale, especially on what cannot be done full size. Things like wings and other gravity-defying parts will be pointed out. This should be a scheduled program event but must be in the doll room, so no extra space will be required. As a dollmaker and a costumer, I'd like to present dolls as a costuming option, especially since costuming for dolls is cheaper and (usualy) less time consuming. Dolls can also be used for mocking-up planned costumes, as a venue for plus-sized women who want to do costumes in other than their natural size, or a venue for costumes for which the maker has no place to wear them (I want that dress but I have no place to wear it).


    How to make Wire Frame Hats

    Workshop
    Lynn McMasters

    Many hats in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods used wire frames instead of wired buckram, felt or straw alone to give structure to the hats. Wire frames can have advantages in terms of the strength to weight ratio and it translucence. By the end of the class you will know how to use this technique to make a wire frame in any shape for any hat style.

    In this class you will learn how to make wire frames and then how to cover them to create a finished hat. You will be making a small late Victorian bonnet. These hats were fashionable in the late bustle period 1880's and into the early 1890's. The frame is a copy of one from a period hat. After making this frame you should have the skills to apply to hats of other shapes and other time periods. The pattern will give instructions on how to complete your frame by covering it with fabric or straw braid as the original.

    Teacher will provide; the millinery wire, wire joiners, fine wire 28 gauge and pattern. Students should provide; Styrofoam head or rounded poly hat block, wire clippers, needle nose pliers, scissors, a small pack of t-pins and hand sewing needles

    $15 materials fee.
    Signup pre-con is required. See the Workshops page for details.


    The Sixteenth Century Supermodel - How Recreate Historically Accurate Sixteenth Century Garments

    Class
    Elizabeth Chilver, Sarah Lorraine

    Have you noticed the disconnect between historical portraiture and what you see at your local Renaissance Faire or SCA event? This panel is designed to help identify common costuming misconceptions, addressing theatrical costumes vs. historically accurate clothing, and techniques and resources for creating the kind of clothes that look as though they were taken out of a portrait. And finally, what is it really like living as a Tudor noble three weeks out of the year?

    Have you noticed the disconnect between historical portraiture and what you see at your local Renaissance Faire or SCA event? This panel is designed to help identify common costuming misconceptions, addressing theatrical costumes vs. historically accurate clothing, and techniques and resources for creating the kind of clothes that look as though they were taken out of a portrait. In addition, the topics of primary research, requesting permission for viewing museum collections in the UK, corresponding with museums all over the world as part of building up a virtual resource for documentation will be addressed. And finally, what is it really like living as Tudor noble 3 weeks out of the year? With over 25 years of combined experience in the United Kingdom and the United States, Bess Chilver and Sarah Lorraine bring their unique perspectives, fresh research, and examples of clothing from their period wardrobes to demonstrate that historically accurate clothing of the 16th century can be functional, beautiful, practical and stylish. Bess is a regular participant at Kentwell Hall in Suffolk, England; three weeks out of the year, she lives as a Tudor noblewoman as part of Kentwell's popular 16th century reenactment display. Sarah is a member of the Greater Bay Area Costumer's Guild and the Society for Creative Anachronism, and has dedicated herself to researching Elizabethan material culture.


    Posing for the Camera

    Workshop
    Jade Falcon, Danny Low

    Costumers will learn how to pose for the camera to show off their costumes AND themselves with just a few simple tricks.

    The camera can add 10 lbs! Learn how to pose well for the camera to show off your best side, lose a few pounds, AND show your costume off to its very best! You don't need to be a skinny model to look your best. Learn how the camera sees you and what you should do to pose for the camera. A few secrets can help change your photos from good to grand!


    Costumes of Venice's Carnivale

    Class
    Jade Falcon, Erik Anderson

    Join our presenters as they talk about the Venetian Carnivale experience, show the different types of costumes seen at Carnivale, and answer any questions that you might have about this magical event.

    Venice is a city out of time, where it would not seem out of place to stroll down the street in 18th century dress. And the Venetian Carnivale is considered the ULTIMATE costumed event in the world. It is two weeks of costumed events ranging from mostly the historic 18th century to not-so-historic fantasty costumes. This panel will showcase some photographs of the Venetian costumes during Carnivale taken over the past two years from around San Marco Square, at the various costumed balls, dances, and around the streets of Venice. The presenters will also talk about their experiences with Carnivale, making costumes for it, and answer any questions. If you're planning to go to Carnivale, this lecture will also give you a few ideas (and hopefully lessen your panic) on what to make, what to bring, and what to do. Come join us for a Venetian experience!


    Secrets to Photographing Your Costume

    Workshop
    Jade Falcon

    Anyone can take a good photograph! You just need to learn how. This panel teaches you how to take a good photograph using your camera and some items found around your house to make your costumes look great.

    In order to create a good photograph, you need to understand two things: 1) how your camera works 2) how light works Luckily, you can read your camera's user manual on how to use your camera. But, what it doesn't teach you is how light works. This workshop teaches you the basics on how light works and how to set up a good photograph using your existing camera and some household items found around your house! You don't need to be a professional photographer to take a great photograph (although it doesn't hurt). Whether you're taking photographs of yourself in cosutmes or photos for ebay, the principals are exactly the same. Please bring your camera and your camera's user manual. You should minimally know how to use your camera's settings to take a photograph.


    Historical Patterns Revealed!

    Class
    Michelle Lee

    A lecture about the history of vintage sewing patterns with some show and tell. We will travel in time from Harper's Bazaar to the modern vintage Vogue pattern.

    A show and tell panel of historical sewing patterns starting with the scaled patterns in Godey’s magazine, to the Harper’s bazaar magazine inserts of the 1890’s, to the patterns from the turn of the century patterns by Butterick, May Manton. I will also discuss the patent that the McCall pattern company had on printed patterns and also discuss some of the defunct companies such at Pictorial Review, Spadea and Modes Royale. I have a beautiful collection of dress patterns from the 1950s, which are non-printed patterns. The panel will end with a brief discuss of the re-printed patterns by the major 4 pattern companies.


    Before the Shogun: Pre-Edo Japanese Historical Dress

    Class
    Lisa Joseph

    An overview of historical fashions from the Heian, Kamakura, Muromachi and Momoyama Period and practical suggestions on how to replicate them.

    "Before the Shogun: Pre-Edo Japanese Historical Dress" explores the native dress of Japan from its early history through 1600. We will explore such topics as early Chinese influences, the development of native styles and the transition of a humble undergarment to a national ethnic costume. We will also discuss how to successfully replicate the costume of the period. Lisa Joseph is a member of the Society For Creative Anachronism, with an interest in feudal Japan. She has re-created both male and female looks from the Heian, Kamakura and Momoyama periods.


    Quickie Corsets

    Class
    Jana Keeler
    Historical, Corsets

    In this demonstration class you'll see how to put together a corset using timesaving shortcuts. Working with one of the many existing commercial corset patterns readily available at most sewing stores, we�ll address all facets of putting together a quick corset. Topics addressed: Corseting problems, like working without a busk, (front closure) and can you use something else besides grommets and a fast way to the best way to put a corset together and quick sew methods. Handouts feature: corset suppliers, best fabrics to use, even a website that will generate a custom-corset pattern for you from your measurements.


    Sheer Dresses of the Crinoline Era - panel

    Class
    Bridget Bradley-Scaife
    Historical, Corsets


    Sci Fi Props Birds of a Feather

    Class
    BOF
    Science Fiction, Props, BOF


    Dance Manners

    Class

    Historical, Characterization, Dance

    How do people meet people and dance with people "in period"? A quickie course on having fun & feeling elegant


    Embellishment Fair

    Class
    Jana Keeler, Christine James, Sally Norton
    Historical, Techniques

    In this demonstration class you�ll see three different techniques for embellishments that will work for your costume projects. There will be time for questions and answers after each presentation.

    • Cockades: In the first hour, Jana Keeler will demonstrate various techniques for creating cockades from easily purchased ribbon, beads and buttons. You can easily add to men�s or women�s costumes and hats. There will be hand-out instructions you can take with you.
    • Ribbon Work, Beading and Flat Embroidery: In the second hour, Christine James will demonstrate easy ribbon embroidery stitches and techniques for adding beautiful details to your costumes. Handouts will be available.
    • Restyling Lace Pieces: In the final hour Sally Norton will demonstrate how you can use bits and pieces of vintage lace, jet and feathers and combine them into patterns, overlays, collars, cuffs, inserts and much more.


    The Evolution of Uniform Design

    Class

    Historical

    See examples of uniforms and descriptions of how they changed over time


    Masquerade Series: Judges' Rules and Judging

    Class

    Masquerade 101

    Panel discussion of specifying judging rules and procedures for a maquerade


    Bring & Solve 1: Costume Crafts

    Class

    Interactive Problem-solving

    Bring your Costume Crafts problem children to the panel for advice and revivification (note that this panel specializes in Costume Crafts � other panels will deal with other subjects)


    Seven Ways to Make Lace

    Class
    Lace Museum and Guild members
    Technique

    Come see how you can make lace with Lace Museum and Guild members demonstrating lace making techniques, samples of lace to see up close, and giving an historical overview of lace techniques, and answer any questions that you might have about this magical event.


    The Evolution of the Mustache and Facial Hair

    Class

    Historical, Hair


    DIY Shoe Design, Painting, and Embellishment

    Workshop
    Margot Silk Forest
    Embellishemnt, Shoes, Art to Wear

    In this 2.5 hour workshop, you'll learn how to transform ordinary footwear into wild and wonderful wearable art for your feet. Margot will show you how to create striking and durable shoes, boots, and sandals, using the new leather paints, her proprietary glitter paint for leather, and embellishments ranging from beads, buttons, piping and appliqu�©s to chain, chain mail, feathers, fur, buckles, bling you name it! You bring the shoes you want to work on, and Margot will bring her paints, brushes, tools and glues (there is a $10 materials fee per person for the use of these), her special stash of embellishments for purchase, and her new book (due out in March), Sassy Feet: How to Paint, Bead, Bedeck, and Embellish Your Shoes. For more information on Margot and her work, visit www.sassyfeet.com . (Any questions, email her at margot@sassyfeet.com)

    What to bring :
    • A new or used pair of shoes, sandals, or boots. These can be made of fabric, leather, or manmade material. Don't bring shoes made of plastic, suede, fake suede, or fur. (You can paint or dye these kinds of shoes, but it requires special supplies and more time than this workshop allows.)
    • A painting smock or old shirt
    • A thimble
    • Pen and paper for making notes
    • $10 Materials Fee

    Workshop limited to 20 people workshop by Margot Silk Forest (www.SassyFeet.com) Sign up pre-con is required


    Retrospective: Dana and Bruce MacDermott

    Class
    Dana and Bruce MacDermott
    Retrospective

    Costume-Con 26 is reviving the Costumer Retrospectives, first presented at Costume-Con 23. You will have the unique opportunity to view a body of work by select members of the costume community. You will be able to directly examine the evolution of the costume art.


    Mechanical Engineering in Costumes

    Class
    Moderator: Jay Hartlove
    Science Fiction, Fantasy, Puppetry

    Just how are those wings held up? What was that dragon's neck made from? How is puppetry built into extensions away from the body? How do you construct a top half - bottom half costume (e.g., a rider on an ostrich)? This panel will approach these and other types of special costuming problems from a mechanical engineering standpoint. Panelists will discuss and demonstrate proven construction techniques that really work. The panelists all have extensive experience in creating costumes that use these techniques.


    Living as a Dandy � and how to do it without Going Broke

    Class
    Gregory Seeley
    Historical


    The Sixteenth Century Supermodel - How Recreate Historically Accurate Sixteenth Century Garments

    Class
    Elizabeth Chilver, Sarah Lorraine
    Historical, Theatrical, Elizabethan, Tudor

    Have you noticed the disconnect between historical portraiture and what you see at your local Renaissance Faire or SCA event? This panel is designed to help identify common costuming misconceptions, addressing theatrical costumes vs. historically accurate clothing, and techniques and resources for creating the kind of clothes that look as though they were taken out of a portrait. In addition, the topics of primary research, requesting permission for viewing museum collections in the UK, corresponding with museums all over the world as part of building up a virtual resource for documentation will be addressed. And finally, what is it really like living as Tudor noble 3 weeks out of the year?


    Spacesuits - the Final Frontier

    Class
    Moderator Mike Smithwick
    Science Fiction

    Creating realistic and believable space suits is one of the most challenging areas of science fiction and fantasy costuming. This panel will review different types of space suits seen in science fiction and fantasy, and discuss the anatomy and construction techniques used in real space suits. It will offer practical suggestions on creating realistic and believable historical, science fiction and fantasy space suits by using this knowledge and adapting and simplifying these techniques. Topics covered include undergarments, the suit itself, helmets, boots, gloves, backpacks, and other accessories. The panelists all have expertise in the US and Russian manned space program and/or science fiction and fantasy space costuming


    Learn to Defy Gravity Through Cosplay!

    Class
    The Gals of HCC Cosplay
    Science Fiction, Anime, Cosplay

    How do you make that impossible 4 foot wide wig a possibility? What about that huge gun or fantastical wings? How do you bend the laws of space and time? We'll be covering how to build giant wigs, armor, wings and other costume pieces. We'll pay special attention to keeping your structures light and durable, perfect for cons! This panel will be hosted by the gals of HCC Cosplay (http://www.whatishcc.com)


    Historical Props Birds of a Feather

    Class
    BOF
    Historical, Props


    Masquerade Series: Planning a Masquerade Beginning to End

    Class

    Masquerade 101

    The more a masquerade director plans in advance, the less chaos and terror will encumber the masquerade. Experienced masquerade directors lay out the planning process - what to plan, timeline, and resources.


    History to Fantasy Panel

    Class

    Historical, Fantasy


    Evolution of Uniform Design

    Class
    Chris Bertani and Byron Connell
    Historical, Fantasy

    Uniform construction and design, with examples of changes over time.


    LIMITED SPACE WORKSHOP: Eliminating the Stress of Distressing Costumes

    Workshop
    Gail Wolfenden-Steib
    Techniques

    Basic distressing techniques covered will include: dyeing/teching down garments to create age, discussing the technique of working wet and working dry (using direct applications of paint and dye) to create 'natural' and 'unnatural' wear and tear, airbrushing to create age and depth (will be demonstrated), mechanical means of distressing (rasps, wire brushes, sand paper, stones, etc.) and creating worn leather from new. There will be numerous examples of costumes and photos of the various processes used to create garments to support the discussion as well as the opportunity for a few people to work hands on with the airbrush. Bring an apron or wear something you don't mind getting dirty if you would like to be part of the airbrush hands on group. We will also spend time on shop safety and discussing the characteristics of dyes and paints. Cost $2


    Stagecraft Series: Using Performance Space

    Class

    Stagecraft

    How to use the stage for a costume presentation; masquerade, tableaux,artist's setup


    Retrospective: Pierre and Sandy Pettinger

    Class
    Pierre and Sandy Pettinger
    Retrospective

    Costume-Con 26 is reviving the Costumer Retrospectives, first presented at Costume-Con 23. You will have the unique opportunity to view a body of work by select members of the costume community. You will be able to directly examine the evolution of the costume art.


    Fursuit Construction

    Class
    Critters by the Bay
    Fursuiting


    Sci-Fi Militaria

    Class
    Moderator: Johanna Mead
    Science Fiction, Uniforms

    Space Uniforms and whatever else will be worn


    Characterization in Fur Suit

    Class
    Critters by the Bay
    Fursuiting

    How to play a convincing character with body language and personality.


    Livery: Creating a unified and identifiable look - taking it into Costuming/Masquerade

    Class
    Moderator: Robin Berry Panelists: William Ringer, Leisa Henry, Jennifer Tifft
    Historical, Uniforms

    One of the costuming challenges is to create a look that the audience can identify with little difficulty. Come hear and see how they did it historically and how modern day historic reenactment groups adapt the concepts.


    Smoke and Mirrors

    Class
    Philip Gust
    Science Fiction, Props, Stagecraft, Effects

    This class will discuss and demonstrate how to create a number of costuming special effects using ordinary materials and tools. Included are an overview and how-to demonstrations on using lighting, sound, motion, atmospherics, appliances and other special effects to turn an ordinary sci-fi or fantasy costume into an extraordinary one. The instructor has been creating props and developing special effects techniques for science fiction and fantasy costumes for a number of years, and working to establish special effects as a recognized subdiscipline of costuming.


    Costuming In Miniature: Docent Tour of Doll Exhibit

    Class
    Kayta Barrows
    Dolls

    A guided tour of the exhibits in the doll room, with emphasis on what can be done in scale, especially on what cannot be done full size. Things like wings and other gravity-defying parts will be pointed out. As a dollmaker and a costumer, I'd like to present dolls as a costuming option, especially since costuming for dolls is cheaper and (usualy) less time consuming. Dolls can also be used for mocking-up planned costumes, as a venue for plus-sized women who want to do costumes in other than their natural size, or a venue for costumes for which the maker has no place to wear.


    Steampunk Birds of a Feather

    Class
    BOF
    Steampunk, BOF


    Masquerade Series What I Wish I had Known

    Class

    Masquerade 101


    WORKSHOP Hair pieces and Postiches with Christine James

    Workshop
    Christine James
    Techniques

    Christine will demonstrate first, then help you work with your own "additional hair" to achieve the look and style you are trying to create. Worth getting up for � Christine is one of the most accomplished designers and stylists the Bay Area knows.


    Tamil Saree

    Class
    Lakshmi Venkataraman
    Ethnic Costume

    India is a land of diverse culture, religion and climate. Every state has its own unique traditions and costumes, quite different from the other states. I come from the southern-most state of Tamil Nadu. The costume for teenage girls and women used to be half-saree and sarees respectively when I grew up. Now, it is still prevalent in the smaller towns and villages but not in the metropolitan cities like Chennai where I was born and raised. Though the saree is the most common dress for women throughout the country, the way it is worn by different communities and religious sects for various occasions is varied and not known to many people even within the country! I will be concentrating on Tamil Nadu and the sarees worn by Hindus for their weddings.


    Masquerade Post Mortem

    Class
    Masquerade and PDinD Staff
    Masquerade, Stagecraft

    The Masquerades and Dimensions in Parallel Design Staff relive this convention's presentations with you


    Bring & Solve #2: Costume Construction Problems

    Class

    Interactive panel

    Bring your failures here. What's not working, or what took incredible hours to do, re-do, re-do...


    The Costumers Hardware Store

    Class
    Moderator: Johanna Mead

    What Might You Need? How Might You Use It? Where Will You Get It?


    Costuming Electroluminescent (EL) Wire

    Class
    Doghood and Wayne

    EL Wire is a very cool and new lighting material that lights up like neon but has the flexibility of bending and shaping like wire. It can also be very long. You can create amazing lighting effects on your own fantasy costume. You will be the head turner at the party. Come learn how to work with EL Wire. Soldering, costuming lighted animation, techniques and the concerns you need to have about it. Speakers: Doghood and Wayne Doghood is an electronic artist. Wayne is a graphic artist. D&W formed an art duo producing lighting art on costumes, interiors, sculptures and other forms.

    EL Wire is a very cool and new lighting material that lights up like neon but has the flexibility of bending and shaping like wire. It can also be very long. You can create amazing lighting effects on your own fantasy costume. You will be the head turner at the party. Come learn how to work with EL Wire. Soldering, costuming lighted animation, techniques and the concerns you need to have about it. Speakers: Doghood and Wayne Doghood is an electronic artist. Wayne is a graphic artist. D&W formed an art duo producing lighting art on costumes, interiors, sculptures and other forms.


    Get Yourself and Your Goodies Through Airport Security Without Having or Causing a Meltdown

    Class
    Stacy Meyn

    Get Yourself and Your Goodies Through Airport Security Without Having or Causing a Meltdown Costumers, prop builders, reenactment and recreation groups...all kinds of fans need to bring attention- getting objects on the plane. Can you do it with little to no fanfare? An aviation security specialist explains how.


    ICG Board of Directors meeting

    Class
    ICG Board of Directors

    The ICG Board of Directors meets before the annual members meeting.


    Mexican Garments and Textiles: The Past is Present

    Class

    Maria de la Rosa and Rudy Figueroa will discuss traditional clothing from many regions of Mexico. The lecture will include several samples of indigenous and mestizo garments found in present day Mexico and a brief discussion of their histories, cross-cultural influences and current uses. Fine examples of machine embroidery,cross-stitching, natural dye techniques, hand weaving and other hand crafted textiles will be on hand for viewing. The lecture will also feature a power point presentation with photographs to contextualize the information. A bibliography will be available to conference attendees.


    Bustle Period Hats

    Class


    Updates from The Archives

    Class


    Basic Bodice Draping for the Victorian Era

    Class
    Kendra Van Cleave

    Sick of bodices that don't fit like a glove? Come learn the basics of bodice draping! The instructor will demonstrate the process of draping a custom pattern suitable to the Victorian era -- although this process can be used to create patterns for any era or genre of costuming! -- and then discuss creating your custom pattern.

    Sick of bodices that don't fit like a glove? Come learn the basics of bodice draping! The instructor will: - demonstrate the process of draping a custom pattern suitable to the Victorian era -- although this process can be used to create patterns for any era or genre of costuming! - discuss the process of mocking up and fitting - discuss the process of drawing out a custom pattern - discuss resources for learning more about pattern drafting and draping


    Meet The Costumer: Christine James

    Workshop

    Meet the costumers who created items in the Garden of Good and Evil Exhibit

    This is your opportunity to ask how a costume was built, how it was patterned, what techniques and materials were used, and discuss the design and execution of these costumes with the talented people who made them.


    Meet The Costumer: Lynn McMasters

    Workshop

    Meet the costumers who created items in the Garden of Good and Evil Exhibit

    This is your opportunity to ask how a costume was built, how it was patterned, what techniques and materials were used, and discuss the design and execution of these costumes with the talented people who made them.


    Meet The Costumer: Kendra van Cleave

    Workshop

    Meet the costumers who created items in the Garden of Good and Evil Exhibit

    This is your opportunity to ask how a costume was built, how it was patterned, what techniques and materials were used, and discuss the design and execution of these costumes with the talented people who made them.


    Meet The Costumer: Scott Fulks & Jennifer Erlichman

    Workshop

    Meet the costumers who created items in the Garden of Good and Evil Exhibit

    This is your opportunity to ask how a costume was built, how it was patterned, what techniques and materials were used, and discuss the design and execution of these costumes with the talented people who made them.


    Meet The Costumer: Kathe Gust

    Workshop

    Meet the costumers who created items in the Garden of Good and Evil Exhibit

    This is your opportunity to ask how a costume was built, how it was patterned, what techniques and materials were used, and discuss the design and execution of these costumes with the talented people who made them.


    Meet The Costumer: Phillip Gust

    Class

    Meet the costumers who created items in the Garden of Good and Evil Exhibit

    This is your opportunity to ask how a costume was built, how it was patterned, what techniques and materials were used, and discuss the design and execution of these costumes with the talented people who made them.


    Meet The Costumer: Frannie Germeshausen

    Class

    Meet the costumers who created items in the Garden of Good and Evil Exhibit

    This is your opportunity to ask how a costume was built, how it was patterned, what techniques and materials were used, and discuss the design and execution of these costumes with the talented people who made them.


    Meet The Costumer: Kij Greenwood

    Class

    Meet the costumers who created items in the Garden of Good and Evil Exhibit

    This is your opportunity to ask how a costume was built, how it was patterned, what techniques and materials were used, and discuss the design and execution of these costumes with the talented people who made them.


    Meet The Costumer:

    Class
    Monique Motyl & Frannie Germeshausen

    Meet the costumers who created items in the Garden of Good and Evil Exhibit

    This is your opportunity to ask how a costume was built, how it was patterned, what techniques and materials were used, and discuss the design and execution of these costumes with the talented people who made them.


    Meet The Costumer: Leah Slyder Vass

    Class

    Meet the costumers who created items in the Garden of Good and Evil Exhibit

    This is your opportunity to ask how a costume was built, how it was patterned, what techniques and materials were used, and discuss the design and execution of these costumes with the talented people who made them.


    SPECIAL EXHIBIT TOUR: A guided walk-through with the exhibit curator, Sally Norton

    Workshop

    Meet the Curator

    This is your opportunity to ask about how the entire exhibit was built and executed. From initial inspiration to risers, lighting and the eventual staging of the greatest battle ever fought...and won.


    Meet The Costumer: Theresa Soder

    Class

    Meet the costumers who created items in the Garden of Good and Evil Exhibit

    This is your opportunity to ask how a costume was built, how it was patterned, what techniques and materials were used, and discuss the design and execution of these costumes with the talented people who made them.


    Meet The Costumer

    Class

    Generic Meet The Costumer

    Costumers with Items in the Exhibit will be available to discuss their items.


    Costumers Swap Meet

    Workshop

    Bring your gently used items to sell or trade. $5 gives you a half table for three hours. Sign up starts at 1:30 in the Gateway Foyer (upstairs). Requests for second spaces will be accommodated after each attendee has one space. Must be members of Costume Con 26 to sell items.


    Costume Exhibit - Guided Tour

    Workshop

    Guided Tour of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    Guided Tour with a docent


    Stagecraft Series: Herding Cats: Creating Award Winning Group Costume Presentations

    Class

    Van Helsing Motion

    The members of VHM have been creating costumes and performing together as a group for several years. Our collaborations include a dramatic Van Helsing theme and a comedic space spoof: Dancing with Celebrities from the Stars. We have come up with a formula for working together that has successfully pleased crowds and judges, and we'll share our process with you. We'll take you through the stages of concept, creation and competition. We'll discuss the uniquechallenges and rewards that are to be encountered costuming together as a group. These will include: strategies for choosing group costumes and concepts; ways to organize your production so you can divide and conquer your tasks; and tips on making dynamic presentations to best showcase your group to the judges and the audience. We'll also discuss the importance of properly planning breaks and parties so you all have fun as you get your project done! Doing it as a group is rewarding and enjoyable. We'll share our experiences to help your group costume a crowd.


    Cantonese Opera Trunk Show

    Class
    Wun Mark

    Wun Mark presents costumes from Cantonese Opera. The lecture will include several samples of 1950s and 1960s opera costumes and a brief discussion of their history, cross-cultural influences, and current uses. Fine examples of sequining, stitching, and waterfall sleeves will be on hand for viewing. The lecture will also feature a DVD showing makeup and hair styling techniques.

    No fee, although Wun Mark will have a few items for sale at her table for an hour after the class.


    Learn to Defy Gravity Through Cosplay

    Class

    Learn to Defy Gravity Through Cosplay! - How do you make that impossible 4 foot wide wig a possibility? What about that huge gun or fantastical wings? How do you bend the laws of space and time? We'll be covering how to build giant wigs, armor, wings and other costume pieces. We’ll pay special attention to keeping your structures light and durable, perfect for cons! This panel will be hosted by the gals of HCC Cosplay (http://www.whatishcc.com)


    Pre-1920 Theatrical Makeup

    Class
    Tara McGinnis


    Sunday Morning Services

    Class


    Pin-fitting a paper pattern

    Class
    Frances Burns

    CLASS TITLE: Pin Fitting a Paper Pattern CLASS DESCRIPTION: Would you want to like to check how a pattern fits you and make basic adjustments before ever putting pattern to fabric? Pin fitting a paper pattern allows you to do just that. We will go over how to find your correct pattern size; pin fit a paper pattern, and make corrections to your paper pattern. Note: I will be using a middle age model with a “real world” body; so several common pattern alterations will be shown, as well as discussed. Handouts are $2.00 CLASS LENGTH: 1 hr. 45 min. CLASS LIMIT: Unlimited : N/A CLASS TYPE: Lecture STUDENT LEVEL: Beginners


    Building Light-Weight Monsters--Ways to create Bug-Eyed Aliens that won't break your back or your ba

    Class
    Kate Morgenstern

    Discussion of techniques for the construction of non- human forms using simple tools, found shapes and the same structural materials used in clothing! Low-cost although sometimes labor-intensive alternatives to a machine shop. Kate Morganstern, Arabella Benson, Thomas Benson


    Teddy and Thomas At-Home

    Class

    British Historical Costumers and Costume Collectors Thomas Nanson and Teddy hold an open conversation with about costuming, historical what-to-wear, hiding stitches, uniforms, vestments, and whatever else comes into their minds.


    Historical Patterns Slide Show

    Class
    Michelle Lee

    A show and tell panel of historical sewing patterns starting with the scaled patterns in Godey’s magazine, to the Harper’s bazaar magazine inserts of the 1890’s, to the patterns from the turn of the century patterns by Butterick, May Manton. I will also discuss the patent that the McCall pattern company had on printed patterns and also discuss some of the defunct companies such at Pictorial Review, Spadea and Modes Royale. I have a beautiful collection of dress patterns from the 1950s, which are non-printed patterns. The panel will end with a brief discuss of the re-printed patterns by the major 4 pattern companies.


    Fiber Arts Birds of a Feather

    Class
    none

    A chance for Fiber Arts lovers of all types to meet together informally and show their creations to each other.


    Costume Cons of the Future

    Class

    Costume Con 27, Costume Con 28, and the bidder for Costume Con 29 tell you what wonderful things are in store for you in future Costume Cons


    Costuming Children

    Class

    Mothers and Experienced Costumers discuss the special requirements of costuming for children and show examples.


    Guided Tour: A walk-through with the exhibit curator, Sally Norton.

    Workshop
    Sally Norton

    Guided Tour. A walk-through with the exhibit curator Sally Norton, Exhibit Curator.

    Guided Tour. A walk-through with the exhibit curator Sally Norton, Exhibit Curator.


    Guided Tour:

    Class

    Monday, 1 - 2pm. Guided Tour. (Trystan is doing this tour but does not want her name listed.)

    Monday, 1 - 2pm. Guided Tour. (Trystan is doing this tour but does not want her name listed.)


    Corset Lacing Demo

    Class

    Autumn Adamme of Dark Garden shows the secrets of good corset lacing -- how to lace your corset so it fits well and supports you properly.