Calling All Teachers!!!!

Calling All Teachers!!!!

The success of Costume College® is reliant on our many wonderful and generous volunteer teachers. Whether you have taught for many years or have just started to share your expertise and knowledge, we want to extend an invitation to join us again this year at the 28th Annual Costume College. We welcome classes based on all areas of costuming: from basic sewing skills to advanced armor fabrication, from historical to fantasy costuming. We are looking forward to seeing what wonderful new skills, knowledge, and talents will be shared this year.

The deadline to submit a class proposal for Costume College 2021 has passed.

However, it’s never too early to start thinking about what class you might like to present at a future event.  We have gathered class ideas from both the Costume College Dean and from the students: Take a look at the list for inspiration!!

Class Ideas:

  • Silent movies and 1910’s Hollywood glamour
  • Jacket and Waistcoat Tailoring
  • How to drape clothing
  • Trims Galore! Self-fabric, soutache, rouleaux, ribbon, beading
  • Wig care and styling for different eras
  • Sewing welt pockets
  • Glove making
  • Millinery techniques
  • Caring for and recovering parasols
  • Corset and stay making classes from all eras
  • Costuming and business experience panels
  • Making accessories (purses, jewelry, headpieces, fans, muffs, stockings, shoes)
  • Working with spandex
  • Working with Worbla
  • Armour construction
  • Creative costuming hacks
  • Re-purposing thrift store finds
  • Making bows, fabric flowers
  • Working with feathers
  • Caring for fabrics and finished costumes
  • Making shoe covers
  • Pattern drafting for real bodies
  • Inclusion in costuming

If you would like to address one of these ideas, or know someone who would be amazing at teaching, be sure to contact us and we will reach out specifically.

We usual accept class proposal submissions beginning in early December through early January via the class submission form. Please don’t wait until the last minute! The Programming Team will finalize the class schedule in mid-February so that it is ready for students to see before registering in March.

If you have any questions or there is anything that you feel would help enhance the teaching experience, please feel free to contact us at

Thank you in advance for sharing so much of yourself to help make Costume College a dynamic and engaging experience for all.

Lauren Dedow, Programming-Teacher Liaison 2021