CGW is a club for amateurs and professionals who like to make historical, science fiction, or fantasy costumes.

Past Events 2013 and Earlier

Notes on Events

The events listed on these pages are those events that were either hosted by the CGW or one of its members. Hosting an event may consist of running the entire event, like a tea at a restaurant, or being the point-person for a meetup where you welcome members of the CGW to join you at an event organized by someone else, like a picnic at a historical house or a museum trip. If you would like to host an event, please contact CGW Events Coordinator.

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2013 Events

Miss Havisham’s Wedding Breakfast – A tea at the Getty Villa in Malibu. We toured the museum, had a lovely meal, and had a guided tour of the kitchen garden.

Outreach at Anime Los Angeles – We awarded a Costume College Scholarship to one masquerade winner and offered our services in the Costume Repair Station.

Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. Special Meeting – We voted on changed to our Bylaws and Standing Rules, as recommended by the Bylaws Committee and approved by our Board of Directors.

CGW Goes to Rose Bowl Flea Market – Some of us dressed in our 40’s & 50’s warm play outfits, and we bought lots of vintagey goodness!

Outreach at Gallifrey – We awarded a Costume College Scholarship to one masquerade winner at this Dr. Who convention. In the costume repair station, we raised $287.25 for the Costume College Scholarship fund by sewing together badge ribbons for $1 a foot!

CGW Goes to the Movies – Oz: The Great and Powerful – A small group gathered in 1930s costumes to see the origin story of the Wizard.

CGW Goes to the Movies – The Great Gatsby – About a dozen of us dressed in our 1920s finery to see Baz Luhrmann’s luscious telling of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story of love and despair among the 1%. Afterwards, we headed out to the historic Culver Hotel for cocktails.

CGW Event – Gilbert & Sullivan Picnic – Over 40 people gathered at the Point Fermin Lighthousepark, dressed as characters from Gilbert & Sullivan operettas or contemporaries of the authors, where we picnicked, toured the lighthouse, strolled, had a dessert competition, and sang along to music from Pirates of Penzance, Mikado, and H.M.S. Pinafore.

Costume College – CGW’s annual costuming convention was Cavaliers with a side of pirates.

CGW Annual Meeting and Fashion Show featured a light luncheon and a reticule-making contest.

Outreach to Long Beach Comic and Horror Convention and Loscon Science Fiction conventionCostume College Scholarships were awarded at each masquerade.

Messiah Sing – Our members met at the Messiah Sing at the Richard Nixon Library in Georgian and Regency costumes.

2012 Events

Outreach at Anime Los Angeles convention – We fixed costumes and offered a Costume College membership in the masquerade.

Edwardian Workshop – Slideshow and demo on Edwardian outfits

Corset Workshop – We learned to make an Edwardian corset.

Outreach at Gallifrey Dr. Who convention- We fixed costumes and offered a Costume College membership in the masquerade.

Whose Sari Now? Series – Shopping in Little India with master costume designer, Mela Hoyt-Heydon; How to Drape a Sari Workshop; Lunch (wearing the purchased and draped saris) at Taste of India Restaurant.

Strumpets in Stripes Tea – We all wore our stripey, naughty best and had a delightful tea.

Outreach at Labyrinth of Jareth – We helped fix costumes at this fantasy ball.

Costume Collge -CGW’s annual costuming convention was the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Outreach at LA County Fair – We awarded 2 CGW Memberships and 4 Costume College Scholarships.

Member Appreciation Picnic – We treated our members to a tour of the Banning House and a lovely autumn picnic.

Outreach at Long Beach Comic Con – We offered a Costume College Scholarship at the masquerade.

Outreach at Loscon Science Fiction Convention – A Costume College Scholarship was awarded to one masquerade winner.

Messiah Sing – The annual Messiah sing in Georgian, Regency, and Victorian Costumes.

2011 Events

CGW Goes to Disneyland – We wore our best 1955 clothes to tour the park, riding all the rides that were available in 1955.

Black & White tea – We were all fabulous in our black & white of many different eras.

Creating Net Lace on Your Sewing Machine Workshop – What wonderful items were made in this workshop.

Steampunk picnic – We donned our goggles and guns to fly kites in the park.

Costume College

Member Appreciation Picnic – Cherries were the theme for this bbq in the park.

Outreach at the LA County Fair – We offered CGW memberships and Costume College Scholarships to winners of the costume competition

Long Beach Comic Con – We offered a Costume College scholarship at the masquerade.

CGW goes to the Movies – Harry Potter 7.2

2010 Events

CGW goes Bowling – we bowled in our Mad men outfits.

Costume College

Outreach at the LA County Fair – We offered CGW memberships and Costume College Scholarships to winners of the costume competition

CGW Goes to the movies – Harry Potter 7.1

2009 Events

January 2-4: Anime Los Angeles. Great place to see anime costumes. Help out at the Costume Repair Station or see the Masquerade. Contact Jess Miller for more details.

January 10: CGW Holiday Party. Bring your favorite dish to share and visit with other members.

January 11, 2 pm: Skating party in downtown Los Angeles! Put on your ice skating outfit or come as you are. RSVPs already include Dickens and 1910s costumes. We had tea at the Biltmore at 2 pm ($36 or $41 if you’d like champagne, which includes tax and tip, which consists of a pot of tea, a selection of elegant tea sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Devonshire cream and jam and a selection of miniature pastries). At 4:30 pm we strolled to the skating location in Pershing Square. Skating was one hour at a cost of $6 + $2 for skate rental.

An evening at the Edison Nightclub (Wednesday, March 11)
The Edison, which describes itself as a signature lounge alive with artifacts from its history as Downtwon LA’s first private power plant; a celebration of an era of invention and imagination – the blending of science, art, and industry, is a sort of a living history nightclub. Lucent Dossier is an adult event and the event cost $20. See for details on the event.

CGW Beggar’s Bazaar (Saturday, March 14)
The CGW Beggar’s Bazaar is the place to buy (or sell, there’s still time to sign up) your unneeded costumes, fabric, ribbon, crafts, costume books, or anything a costumer might need.

FIDM Gallery 17th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design (Saturday, March 21, 2009)
Hope you joined us for dimsum in Chinatown, followed by a tour of the FIDM Gallery. Dimsum, or Chinese brunch, at the Empress Pavilion, cost around $12. FIDM is free.

Finish Your Finery (Saturday, July 18) Don’t have your College ensemble quite done yet? Need fitting help? Trimming advice? CGW members are organizing a day devoted to helping each other finish those last minute costume details. There were three locations:Nuevo in Riverside County: Hosted by Shelley Peters; Rollling Hills Estate in Los Angeles: Hosted by the South Bay Sewing Circle; and Van Nuys, Hosted by Regina Lawson.

Costume College

Costume College post-mortem Sunday, August 30, 2009, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

HCA 1870’s Picnic – Sunday, September 20, 12:00 – 4:00 pm In conjunction with the Historical Citizens’ Association, we picnicked in 1870s costume at the Banning Residence Museum.

Sound of Music Sing-along – Hollywood Bowl (8 pm, Saturday, September 26) Dress in your dandiest dirndle to sing with all your friends at the Bowl.

Day of Fashion at the Los Angeles County Fair – Saturday, October 3, 2009 We modeled costumes of many types at the Fair.

Messiah Sing Along on Sunday, November 29, 2009. The event was held again at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda.  Georgian, Regency, Victorian, or current “dressy”  is fine.  A group from the CGW attended the second seating and went to dinner at the Summit House in Fullerton.

December 20, 2009 – Ice Skating Meet for the CGW at Seaside Ice at Seaside  Lagoon

2008 Events

April 13, 2008 : Rose Petals and Tea Leaves. An event to benefit the CGW Scholarship Fund. Any period tea attire – hats required, but gloves optional. Hostesses: Cindy Hemkin, Gladys Leipersberger, Carol Colel Mar, Jeanie Ming, Loralee Page Ortez and Linda Patton.

May 10, 2008 : CGW goes to the Renaissance Faire.

August 1-3: Costume College!

September 5-28, 2008 : CGW Costume Exhibit and Competition at the LA County Fair. The CGW sponsors a costume competition at the County Fair.

Sunday, September 14, 2008, 12:30 – 6:00 pm: “What ho, Jeeves!” A Live Action Role Playing Game and 1930’s picnic at a countryside fair. The fair included footraces; quilting, and baking competitions; games of bingo and croquet; and a tea tent. Please go to “What ho, Jeeves!” for more information. Hosted by Colleen Crosby.

Sunday, October 12, 2008, 11:00 am The “Post-Mortem” meeting for Costume College 2008.

Saturday, October 18, 10am – 3pm: Ribbonwork class and Tea hosted by WASABI Sewing Circle. Basic Ribbonwork class taught by Elizabeth Reed. Lleave the event with a sampler card of basic techniques and ribbon roses. The cost of the tea and class was approximately $20.

November 1, 5-9 pm: CGW goes to the Gasfitter’s Ball – A Sherlock Holmes Dinner Dance. 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

November 15, 2008: CGW Storms Downtown Fullerton at 12:00 noon. We visited the Fullerton Museum Center to view their exhibit, The Purse and the Person: A Century of Women, followed by shopping and a late lunch at Steamers Jazz Club and Cafe. Fantastic handbags highly encouraged! Organized by Elizabeth McCash

November 28-30, 2008 : LosCon 35: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the LosCon. Thanksgiving weekend at the LAX Mariott hotel. Jess Miller coordinated the masquerade with her usual panache. The entry list was small, but included some excellent entries. There were costume-related panels and a CGW table.

Sunday, November 30, afternoon — Once again the CGW attended the Messiah Sing Alongpresented by the Yorba Linda Arts Alliance, and the Handel Society, and California Choirs and the Richard Nixon Library. Organized by Loralee Page-Ortez.

December 5, 8 pm: It’s a Dickens of a Christmas. See a Victorian Holiday Christmas whodunit show at Elise’s Tearoom in Long Beach. $27.50 for appetizer, dessert and show.

2007 Events

Monthly Teas: CGW went to a different tea house each month for a gathering with friends.

Backstage Tour of Wicked: CGW went to see the play Wicked and had a special backstage tour, including the costume department! Hosted by Joyce Saunders.