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.

Tour # 1

More information TBA.

Tour # 2

More information TBA.

–Cheryl Avirom, Co-Chair Tours

Los Angeles Fabric District

August 2, 2021:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Attention all shoppers!  Once again Costume College will be chartering buses to take all you avid fabric shoppers to the Downtown Los Angeles Garment District.  If you’ve never been there, be prepared to have your head explode.  There is nothing that compares to it . . . not even in New York.  The selection of fabrics and supplies defies description.

The tour will depart the Hotel promptly at 9:00 am on Monday morning.  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 4:00 pm and do the aforementioned whisking back to the Hotel.  Water and snacks are provided on the bus which will remain parked where it left you off all day so you can take a breather.

You will be able to register for the tour at the same time and the same way you register for any of the other Costume College events.  This is not considered a “Limited Attendance” class as it does not conflict with any other classes.

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 to guide you (after all that is her job!) to whatever you may be looking for.  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 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 handicapped-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 or 818-956-1303.  Once at College you can reach me at 562-301-3718.

Tour sign-ups and payment information will be announced in the Registration Book.

Natalie Meyer, 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.