Costume College®

July 25-29, 2019

Share your love of costuming!

Costume College® is an annual three-day costuming arts conference produced by Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. We offer lectures, workshops and demos on all things costuming: from general sewing (pattern grading, setting sleeves, etc.) to historical construction methods (corsetry, petticoats, etc.) to time period overview classes to science fiction/fantasy costume construction. All of our classes are taught by volunteers who enjoying sharing their knowledge on a particular topic.

Along with the opportunity to learn new skills, we offer our members several social gatherings to show off their creations! We host a Pool Party, a Friday Social, a Gala Dinner & Dance, and an Afternoon Tea (the Gala and the Tea each have a separate admission).

We also have a Marketplace filled with fabulous vendors who cater to costumers and an Exhibit Room filled with costumes created by our members. Both of these events are free to the public.

Costume College is the perfect opportunity to meet people who share a love of costuming! If you are thinking of coming to Costume College for the first time, take a look at our Freshman Orientation page.

Costume College® 2019 will be held July 25 – 30, 2019, at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, California.

This year’s theme is “What’s That Fabric?!?”

What’s That Fabric, You say?  That’s right!  With emphasis on the question and exclamation marks.

Often times when watching a movie, show, or play, we ask that exact question.  We may be working on a project’s fabric and straining our eyes to see anything that will give away it’s secret… is it a wool twill or a poly-cotton twill?  What the heck?  Silk or polyester?  You would not believe how similar these unidentifiable fabrics look alike in pictures or portraits or on screen.

So, we’re taking it to the College.  Let’s help each other identify fabrics, source fabrics, manufacture fabrics, suggest fabric for SciFi, Fantasy, Anime, or identify what they used in historical clothing.  What do you use?  What do you recommend?  And will you teach a class on that for Costume College 2019?


Costume College 2019 Bonus Track: Celebrating Women-The 100th Anniversary of American Women’s Suffrage.

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of American Women’s Suffrage is apropos to our current political climate. We must never forget the women who fought for our rights, as well as those who continue to do so every day. One can’t consider the suffrage movement without taking note of the changing role of women that really took off with WW1 when women first did the factory and production jobs of men while they were soldiering. As a result, fashion underwent huge changes from 1910-1920 that lead to the freedoms in fashion that women enjoy today. We are looking forward to an incredible Bonus Track next year to explore all of the aspects of these changes and their impact on fashion as we know it!

Remember that the Bonus Track is in addition to all the other costuming, research and sewing classes we offer from all time periods and genres.



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