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Costume College Report & Pictures

Wow. Wow, wow, wow. I’m not sure I can adequately write enough to properly describe this weekend, but I’ll try! As previously reported, we (Sarah, Trystan, and me) drove down early Thursday and made it to the Garment District at 3pm with a perfect amount of time to shop (there was actually some oversleeping and traffic trauma, so we were worried we weren’t going to make it). We were focused shoppers, and I quickly found the fabric that I was looking for, plus some that was looking for me. The court dress fabric is just stunning – I’ll take some pics this afternoon of all my purchases and post them.

Thursday night was the LiveJournal meetup. It was fun to see everyone and a mellow evening. Friday was classes – in the morning I took “Historical Influences in Fashion,” which was fun as this is something I’ve always noticed (for example, 1840s being so heavily styled on 1660s). Had some down time in the middle of the day, so I did some hanging out and chatting in the cafe with many LJ friends and talked to those who wandered by. In the afternoon, I took a class on fairy wings that was very inspirational, although less involved than I’d expected. I did wear my 18th c. tart costume altho took no pictures!

Friday night was the GBACG meetup followed by the pirate and Pretty Pretty Princess parties in the Hospitality Suite. I wore my black francaise and REALLY BIG WIG, and after feeling like the dress looked kind of blah on the mannequin in the CC26 exhibit, I was worried I’d feel blah about the whole thing. Instead, it looked FABULOUS on if I do say so myself, especially with the wig that turned out just amazing (don’t worry, I took lots of pics to post a tutorial on the wig, and I’m going to offer to do a demo next year at College). Had a ton of fun that night running around, having pink drinks and being ridiculously silly and inappropriate with all my friends – we ended up in Diana’s room at the end of the night, dancing on the bed and singing.

Saturday was more classes. Sadly, I overslept and missed Trystan’s class on stripes (I’m really hoping she’ll do it again?), went to our panel on the Eugenie project which was good but needed more time (basically, we talked about what we made and the experience of a group project and being in the masquerade). I wore my what-was-a-1780s-jacket, which became a 1740s jacket (I of course had a last minute yen to wear something totally new, and was inspired to finish that project up – yes, will update the dress diary asap). There was a class cancellation a few days before College, so I volunteered to teach my 18th c. printed cottons class in the afternoon. I wasn’t sure if it went so well as I taught it – it’s always so hard to tell! Especially as I’m really NOT a textiles expert so much as a costume expert, so while this is a topic I’ve geeked out on, I don’t know EVERY in and out.

Saturday night was the gala. I felt like I’d blown my costume wad on Friday night and wished I could have switched so that I wore the black francaise to the gala (as evidenced by my total lack of pictures of the Eugenie dress), but it was also fun to wear the Eugenie dresses with most everyone from the group. As always there were tons of amazing costumes there and I was really impressed by so many. Had lots of fun stalking costumes to take pictures, and dancing and running around with my friends. Ended up going to bed relatively early (11:30ish? shocking!) as I did get a bit grumpy at the end of the night.

Sunday was yet more classes. I wanted to be comfy so went for a repro 1940s dress and sandals. Caught the end of Victorian Ladies Evening Gowns which had lots of nice eye candy, then taught my 16th c. Venetian women’s costume class. Later that afternoon, I taught my 18th c. hair & makeup demo, which was really fun – I’m so into hair/makeup as it so ties the costume together, and I’m just SO into 18th c. right now. The people in the class were fun and had great questions/suggestions (I was extremely flattered that Tara Maginnis of the Costumer’s Manifesto took my class!), and the demos went really well (you can see the results of the 1760s hair/makeup in my pictures).

Sunday night we meant to get out of the hotel to eat, but realized with such a big group it’d work better just to stay in the hotel. I was glad we did, as it meant more time for running around and socializing in the evening – the best part of which was when we ended up in Tara’s room, where she had Marie Antoinette playing on her projector against the wall – got to alternately laugh about ridiculous things and then geek out about the costumes in MA. And then we drove home Monday!

Now my mind is ABSOLUTELY WHIRRING with about 5,000 costumes, all of which I need to make RIGHT NOW… However, I need to stay focused on my new Venetian gown. Gah! I also already know what I want to teach next year, and my mind is whirring with class plans.

So here you are: pictures! And one video: What REALLY happens at Costume College…

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  • Reply Sarah Bellem August 5, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    AHHHH! The video! Incriminating evidence!

  • Reply akasha-zuul August 5, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Your class utterly rocked. And you looked fabulous all weekend!

    I love the photos you took of me. . . don’t tell me how much you photoshopped them and send me copies!

  • Reply Kendra August 5, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Jen: I didn’t photoshop at all, except for red eyes! Will send high res tonight.

    Sarah: I know! Hopefully not TOO incriminating – I’m scared of the Friday night videos that Eric took.

  • Reply isara August 6, 2008 at 12:53 am

    you looked AMAZING in that dress! You were like, 7 feet tall!

    Are you going to teach your Venetian class again? Cyn and I had to drive north in the middle of your class, so didn’t get to go :(

  • Reply maeko-nohara August 6, 2008 at 1:42 am

    Alright, I’m using one of the gala pics as justification for making a gigantically striped 18th cen that’s not 1780s (too bad I can’t get the same for a Ren Faire one, unless you know?)…

    Ah, those were absolutely fantastic pics, some of my favourite on the site. :)

  • Reply Inoui August 6, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Eik! It all looks and sounds so wonderful. Okay, now that I’m back in the country for a little while, I MUST come to costume college next year. Plus, I’d like to meet you all. Please, please, please tell me 2009 didn’t sell out at costume college like it did last year…

  • Reply Kendra August 7, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Inoui: they are doing membership (ticket) sales totally different next year. Hopefully this will be a one year scenario – it’s until they find a new hotel.

    There will be a lottery for memberships. Costumers Guild West (the org. that runs Costume College) members get first crack – they will get their membership apps in their newsletter. They will send in their apps, and there will be a drawing where a certain # of memberships go to CGW members.

    Then, they will put the membership app up on their website. Anyone can send it in. There will be a second drawing consisting of any CGW members who didn’t get drawn in the first drawing, along with everyone else.

    Not sure the specific percentages for each lottery.

    I’m sure they will put up info on their website about it.

    So yes, you definitely have a shot!

  • Reply hierogothic August 7, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Love the black francaise and anxiously awaiting your wig tutorial!

  • Reply brocadegoddess August 24, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    If you’d like to geek out some more on 18thC printed cottons, and haven’t heard of these resources yet, I have some shameless promotions for you!

    My MA advisor has done significant research on Indian printed cottons and their trade between the 17th and 19th centuries. Her name is Dr Beverly Lemire. She has published an article entitled “Domesticating the Exotic” and a book called “Fashion’s Favourite”. Both are about the English trade and industries in printed cottons of the early modern period.

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