CC26! Adventures in the Costume Continuum
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Costume-Con 26: Adventures in the Costume Continuum
ended on April 28, 2008
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  • if you joined us, we hope you had a great time!

    A bit of the History of the Costume-Con 26 Bid and Convention

    Why Silicon Valley?

    In 1994, Santa Clara hosted Costume-Con 12. We have fond memories of that, and we like to think others do too.

    We decided to bring Costume-Con back to the San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco is a beautiful city, but parking is impossible and hotels are expensive. Oh, and many of the con committee members live in the San Jose metro area. We believe that better hotel pricing and airfares in to the San Jose Airport are good incentives to place the conference, once again, in the Santa Clara Valley.

    The SF Bay Area is home to a large community of professional and hobbyist costumers. Interests vary from theatrical, fantasy and science fiction costume to historical and living history costumers working in a wide variety of periods. There are also numerous textile- arts groups. Jewelry designers and manufacturers abound. We hope our theme, Adventures in the Costume Continuum, reflects our desire to welcome participants from all realms of costuming and textile arts.

    Shopping is excellent too. A short hour's drive up the peninsula takes you to the fabric stores of San Francisco. Much closer, though, are Thai Silks and many Indian markets (think sari fabrics!).

    Our hotel, the DoubleTree San Jose, has plenty of experience with fan-run conventions and has plenty of both function space and guest rooms, including two 9000 square foot ballrooms, which we plan to put to good use. It also has some of the largest guest rooms in the area. For more information, visit the hotel page (note that rooms may not be reserved in our block before April 24, 2007).

    We hope that our conference will be memorable and fun for all.

    Why 26?

    When we started (2002 -- ConJose was the official launch of our bid), 2008 was far enough in the future that we had time to plan and promote what we hope will be the best Costume-Con to date. That's a difficult standard to reach for, so we need the time.

    It's also a good year to have a convention in California. We think our local groups will have recovered from the WesterCon and WorldCon taking place in California in 2006.

    And of course, there's the sentimental reason. The con-chair and his partner met at CC16 in St. Louis. We think this will be a great 10th anniversary gift to ourselves and to costume fandom everywhere.