Tours

Welcome to the Tour Department of your Costume College® weekend.  Taking a Tour with us is a great way to get to know other attendees. There’s plenty of time to chat on the bus while you travel.  If you don’t know a soul when you arrive, you will by the end of the tour.

Signing up for any Tour:  Some tours are treated just like the “Limited Attendance” classes so check your scheduling and preferences very carefully, and get your requests in early!!!  (Like all “Limited Attendance” classes, tours are not transferable, and you cannot sell your spot.)  Please see the articles on how to sign up for Limited Attendance classes.


Western Costume House

Thursday, July 25, 2019:  12:30pm – 3:30pm

We are delighted to offer a tour of Western Costume, the oldest theatrical costume company in Los Angeles. They are a major resource for film and television companies and have made everything from the costumes for 1920’s epic silent movies, to the famous red shoes in the Wizard of Oz and continue to make costumes today. They have shops for beading, men’s tailoring, women’s tailoring, men’s and women’s hats and racks and racks of clothing from previous films and shows. Layton Bowers, the Director of Research and Curator, will personally guide ten lucky people on this tour, which will include private viewing of the some of the archival costumes in their collection.

Please note that this tour takes place on Thursday, before official registration opens!

Your Vice-Chair of tours took a similar tour almost twenty years ago and is still breathless at the fabulous costumes and the breadth of work done in this costume house which is almost 100 years old.

Please wear street clothes only and comfortable shoes. We will provide transportation to and from the site and water bottles for you to take with you. Transport will be in vans or taxis arranged by Costume College.

The tour is limited to ten people and will last an hour and a half, not counting travel time. Parts of the tour are not wheelchair accessible. If you have questions about accessibility, please contact Tours and Transportation.

Signing up for Western Costume Tour: Use paper or online form (both the form and the link were sent with your Registration packet). A convenience fee of 5.5% will be added if paying with debit/credit card. If paying by check, please print a copy of your email confirmation and mail it with check to: Costume College Programming, 444 Piedmont Ave. #220, Glendale, CA 91206. Please make check payable to CGW, Inc. Payment must be received by July 18, 2019. This is an in-hand deadline; a postmark will not count.


Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM)

Friday, July 26, 2019:  9:00am – 2:00pm

This year we will offer a tour to FIDM, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising on Friday, July 26, 2019. Kevin Jones, the Curator, has already begun to decide which of the treasures of the museum reflecting the Venetian Masquerade he will pull for our intimate group viewing.

The group is limited to 30 people. The tour will last about two hours, not counting travel time, and will take place on Friday morning from approximately 9:00am to 2:00pm The group will be divided into two sections, with one half enjoying Kevin’s inside look at the FIDM collection and research materials (this includes garments!) while the other half can shop the FIDM Scholarship store, where fabric, trims, finished garments and jewelry are available at discounted prices. Items for sale have been donated to FIDM by clothing and textile manufacturers, so selections will be random, but fabulous! The Museum Store may also be open!

Please wear street clothes and comfortable shoes. We will provide water and snacks. Bring a notepad for your aspirations. Photography is permitted in some areas, forbidden in others. Some parts of the tour are not wheelchair accessible. If you have questions about accessibility, please contact Tours and Transportation.

Please review the tour section of the Limited Attendance form before scheduling your Friday classes so you do not inadvertently double-book yourself!

We look forward to sharing this fabulous L.A. resource with you!

Signing up for FIDM Tour: Use paper or online form (both the form and the link were sent with your Registration packet). A convenience fee of 5.5% will be added if paying with debit/credit card. If paying by check, please print a copy of your email confirmation and mail it with check to: Costume College Programming, 444 Piedmont Ave. #220, Glendale, CA 91206. Please make check payable to CGW, Inc. Payment must be received by July 18, 2019. This is an in-hand deadline; a postmark will not count.

–Cheryl Avirom, Co-Chair Tours – FIDM & Western Costume House


LA Fabric District Tour

Monday, July 29, 2019: 9:00am – 4:00pm

By popular demand, you can sign up for the LOS ANGELES FABRIC DISTRICT TOUR the same way you do for the Gala or the Sunday Tea. Because there are no classes on Monday, this tour does not conflict with any other class or event.

The tour will depart the Hotel promptly at 9:00am on Monday morning July 29, 2019. We will be whisked (if such a thing is possible in Los Angeles traffic) downtown in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus complete with restroom facilities and luggage storage for all the wonderful purchases you will make (or for your luggage if you are heading to the airport directly from downtown.) After you have exhausted yourself (and your wallet) the bus will depart downtown promptly at 4:00pm and do the aforementioned whisking back to the Hotel. Water and snacks are provided on the bus. The bus will remain parked where it left you off all day so you can take a breather.

If you register for the tour you will receive an advance electronic copy of the tour guide book listing the locations of fabric, trims, beads, ribbons, laces, sewing supplies and other shiny objects; and will include a map of the area showing the locations of eateries and restrooms. ATMs are fairly plentiful nowadays so they will not be listed. This advance copy will give you the opportunity to plan your shopping strategy in advance! An up-to-the-minute hard copy will be provided when you board the bus.

Your knowledgeable guide will be on hand to answer any questions or guide you (after all that is her job!) to whatever you may be looking for. If this is your first time in Los Angeles, be prepared to have your head explode. There is nothing like the Los Angeles Fabric District … not even in New York! The selection of fabrics and supplies defies description.

Don’t be afraid to bargain. If you think a price is too high, don’t be afraid to say so. Also, cash speaks louder than plastic (if you get my drift!) Some of the vendors (Michael Levine particularly) offer a discount if you show your Costume College badge at the cash register, so don’t leave it behind.

NOTE: This tour involves lots of walking and it has been known to be a little on the toasty side. Wear comfortable shoes, a sun hat and sunscreen. Have water with you. Please be aware that not all locations are handicap-accessible. So, start saving up now to take advantage of all the wonderful bargains you’ll find. Seasoned shoppers and novices are welcome. See you there! If you have any questions, you can reach me before Costume College starts at njmeyer@nullearthlink.net or (818) 956-1303. Once at College, you can reach me at (562) 301-3718.

Signing up for the LA Fabric District Tour: We are NO LONGER booking the LA Fabric District Tour through Limited Attendance. Instead you can sign up and pay for this tour through its own link (no waiting to see if you’re accepted!). Please see Registration Book for more details.

–Natalie Meyer, Co-Chair, Tours – L.A. Fashion District


The Fine Print

If unforeseen circumstances result in the cancellation of a venue, we reserve the right to substitute a location of equal interest to Costume College students. We will provide as much advance notification as possible. Tours not receiving a minimum number of students may be cancelled. If you have any questions, please contact Tours and Transportation.