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

CGW Costume Retreat – Lobby

Welcome to the CGW Costume Retreat “Lobby”, where we have our Costume Retreat social events, puzzles and games to keep you busy between classes, and photos from past events to share. Don’t forget to visit our Virtual Lounge!

 

Costume Retreat Virtual Lounge

Welcome to the very first CGW virtual lounge, which is taking place during our Costume Retreat. I am super excited to have my 2021 Costume College Assistant Dean, Gina Cowley, hosting with me on this fun-filled weekend.

Pop in any time between via Zoom Saturday, August 1st from 9am to 4pm and/or Sunday August 2nd from 9am to 3pm. (Please see your student confirmation email sent between July 29-31st for links).

Touch base with old friends, and meet some new CGW members while having morning coffee or afternoon tea with costume enthusiasts. Where there will also be a great lineup of exciting activities and special guests throughout the day.

–Geri Rex

The Virtual Lounge Schedule is also available as a PDF.

 

Virtual Lounge – Saturday August 1, 2020

9:00 AM:

Coffee and Donuts ~ Teachers mixer: Meet the teachers of Costume Retreat.

10:00 AM:

Behind the Scenes with Richard the Thread: Meet Lois Munera, where she will take us on a tour of her shop. With Q&A at the end.

11:00 AM:

The Beautiful World of Jane Austen: Chat about your favorite novels, movies and costumes.

Noon:

Behind the scenes with The Historical Hairdresser: Meet Tracy Gomez where she will share with us her wigs and vintage collections.

1:00 PM:

Elizabethan Bees: Chat and share your favorite 16th costumes and latest sewing projects.

2:00 PM:

Movie Magic: Do you have a favorite period movie, historial drama or Sci-Fi thriller? Share your favorite photos or movie scenes.

3:00 PM:

Bingo at the Catskills: Summer fun at the Catskills! Music, Drinks, Bingo and Prizes!

 

Special Event – Saturday August 1, 2020

6:00 PM:

CGW At-Home: Enchantment Under the Sea Dance – Engage in a little at-home time travel back to 1955! Put your glad rags on, and join us at The Fish–er, The Enchantment Under the Sea Dance!  Twist, Bop, Bunny Hop, Rock and Roll – or just do the Hand Jive from the comfort of your easy chair! Or, since we’re time travelers, do that weird skankin’ 1985 Robot dancing that you don’t want anyone outside of your house to know you’re really good at – it’s up to you! The dance will be DJ’d and broadcast LIVE on KryptonRadio.com, or you can join in a Zoom Webinar (Check your email for special Zoom link) and make requests and small talk via the chat window while you listen. Be there or be square!

 

Virtual Lounge – Sunday August 2, 2020

9:00 AM:

Coffee and Donuts ~ Teachers mixer: Meet the teachers of Costume Retreat.

10:00 AM:

Behind the Scenes with Renaissance Fabrics: Meet Diana Rotheneder where she will take us on a tour of her shop. With Q&A at the end.

11:00 AM:

DisneyBounding and Beyond: Wearing your favorite fantasy in the real world. Share with us your favorite outfits.

Noon:

Exploring Antique Textiles with Renaissance Fabrics: Join us as we examine and discuss 2 to 3 items of antique fabrics from Renaissance Fabrics antique clothing collection.

1:00 PM:

Sew’N Tell: Bring your hand-sewing projects, show us your sewing room, or latest costume project etc.

2:00 PM:

Bingo at the Catskills: Summer fun at the Catskills! Music, Drinks, Bingo and Prizes!

 

Special Event – Sunday August 2, 2020

7:00 PM:

CGW At Home: Catwalk – A CGW Retreat Red Carpet event! (Check your email for special Zoom link).

 

 

Puzzles & Games:

Why not play a few puzzles or costume-related games while you wait for your class to start?

Word Searches:

Hidden Fabrics Word Search Solution can be found at the bottom of this page. (No cheating!)

Fashion Museum of Bath Fashion Designer Wordsearch

 

 

Online Puzzles:

Fashioning Fashion Exhibit

Parasol acquired by CGW for FIDM

Victorian Fashion Plates

Godey’s 1873

Admiring her jewels

1950s Dresses

Colonial Williamsburg: Dress the Part

 

 

Conversation Starters / Just for Fun:

Austen Men Challenge (click to view full size)

 

 

Quick projects to make:

V&A Make your own pocket

Fashion Museum of Bath Colouring Sheets

 

 

Online Exhibits:

Women in Fashion from the Museum of FIT

Balenciaga: Master Craftsman from the V&A

Artificial Flowers according to Courtly Practice from the Kyoto Women’s University

How 1780s Dress has Influenced Fashion Today

Wearing Culture in Detail

 

 

 

Photo Gallery:

 

 

 

Click to visit the CGW Flickr site

 

Click to visit the Costume College Flickr site

 

 

Andy Schmidt of The Shotwell Collection says: “I have recently been thinking that there’s probably a lot of people missing Costume College, so I just started putting out videos, featuring portraits from my years in the Portrait Studio, a few days ago.”

 

Thank you, Andy, for sharing your beautiful work! Please visit Andy at The Shotwell Collection on YouTube, as well as The Shotwell Collection website.

 

 

 

 

**Solution to the Hidden Fabrics Word Search