In case you’re unfamiliar with Costume College, it’s an extra long weekend of costuming events, classes and tours put on by the Costumer’s Guild West at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills, CA. Also known as the most wonderful place in the world for one weekend if you’re a costumer. Lots of people attend from all over the world. This year they even had Nina & Jane from the Tudor Tailor giving classes and signing books (Yes, I totally fan-girled and had mine signed at the “Off With Their Hoods” class). They have many tours, and one I got was for the FIDM and a behind the scenes look at various pieces of their collection (which I can’t share).
I got there a day early and stayed with Jane C. and got to meet her fabulous family. I still can’t believe how quickly she put together a beautiful turquoise and purple jacket for the ice cream social.
I stayed at the hotel Thursday until check out on Sunday with Jill, Kate & Carlie. We had a BLAST. They were so much fun. I think Jill and I would be dangerous together in large doses. Much hyperventilating, giggling and CoCo herpies (It’s worse than glitter).
I had pretty low key outfits over the weekend. I wore a green stripe Victorian Bathing Suit to the Pool Party & Frock Flicks podcast recording, my reproduction 60’s wrap dress to the Ice Cream Social, my Mad Sewingtist Labcoat on Saturday, my Princess & the Pea Chemise a la Reine to the Gala, and my 60s-ish shirt dress to the Tea on Sunday.
I taught the Corset Overview class, audited the Death’s Head button class & the flower smocking class. Took the Tudor hair taping class, and the pleater-board making class. Also poked my head into a few others. My head is still swimming.
I also got a ton of patterns, a new book, some coutil, boning caps, power net and a cute corset pin. Shopping is pretty great there.
I got to hang out with people I know from Live Journal, on different facebook groups, and just generally awesome peeps.
Talk about inspiring. Historical, Cosplay, Fantasy, everything is just…open. I need to start saving to go next year.
I’ve got a photo story set up here: https://goo.gl/photos/4L4N396wpXYBuUfAA