Thursday, August 1, 2013

What is Costume College anyways?

If you weren't following me this time last year, you are probably wondering what the Costume College thing is that I keep talking about. Since I'm flying out today for this event, let's demystify it for you.

1. Is Costume College a fashion university?

It's actually not a school of any kind. (Though it'd be so fun to get to go to a design school!) Costume College is a costuming convention that is held every year in LA.

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 Costume on display at Costume College '12.

2. So what do you do at Costume College?

There are classes and work shops taught by fellow members of the costuming community during the day. At night, there are fun social events-pool party, ice cream social, gala, and tea. And there is loads of running around in pretty dresses and oohing and ahhing over how fabulous everyone looks. And on Monday there is a trip to the Garment District for fabric shopping!

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The "red carpet" for the Gala

3. What types of costuming do people do?

Every year, there is a theme and many people choose to dress in the theme and take classes from the bonus theme track but people do all kinds of costuming! A lot of it is historical costuming but there is definitely a scifi/fantasy costuming presence there too! Last year the theme was 30s, 40s, 50s Hollywood Glamor so I wore loads of vintage things but this year is Cavalier with a dash of Pirate and I won't be wearing anything theme related.

Rosie the Riveter gals ready for classes!

4. Now I want to go to Costume College!

Keep an eye out on the Costume College website for info on next year's event! If you are going this year, please to do stop me and say hi! For more Costume College fabulousness, see here.


  1. Number four rings true for me big time! :) I so want to go to Costume College one day, too. Are non-sewers invited to participate, too?

    ♥ Jessica

  2. I hope you are able to attend afternoon tea, this looks like such fun. It sounds like there is a plethora of exciting things to do and you could dress up however you want. How fun!

  3. I was wondering about that! It sounds AMAZING!!! Have fun! I hope to attend someday too.

  4. Wow! That looks like a fabulous good time!

  5. wish there was something like this in the UK