All posts by Yeka Marie

TeslaCon 7: La Grande Exposition Scientifique

TeslaCon 7 took place at the Madison Marriott West, November 17-20, 2016. This year’s theme was La Grande Exposition Scientifique.

TeslaCon is a 4-day Steampunk immersion convention. What this means is that attendees are made to feel like they are really in the world of the convention, and they are encouraged to participate. There are cast members that put on a show, carrying along the ongoing story of the convention.

This year, the convention setting was Paris in the late 1800s. The hotel was decorated to look like the era, ambient French music played throughout the halls, and the story took place appropriately.

New this year, were teapot races and dirigible races, both inspired by events that occur in New Zealand’s Steampunk scene. And yes, there were guests from New Zealand in attendance.

I am always in awe of the innovation and ingenuity of the attendees of TeslaCon. There were people with ideas that I had never even thought of. One character was dressed as a portable candy shop. Another had a moving dragon. Still another had a hand-crank organ. Several people had lights, gadgets, and findings all over their costumes.

If you are considering attending TeslaCon, I would highly encourage it. If you’re not quite sure what it’s about, check out their website at http://www.teslacon.com/. There is also an active TeslaCon community on Facebook.

Cosplay Culture Magazine

I picked up an issue of Cosplay Culture Magazine at Archon 40. It includes coverage of events, tutorials, articles on cosplayers, editors, and even photographers. I definitely recommend checking out this magazine if you’re a costumer or cosplayer.

Check out their website here: http://www.cosplayculture.com/

A Brief History of Costuming

 

A very brief history of costuming:

1939- Forest J. Ackerman and Myrtle R. Douglas wore costumes at the first World Science Fiction Convention in New York.

1940’s – Costuming at conventions becomes more popular.

1950- First documented masquerade, also known as a costume contest, was held.

1979- First anime costume is believed to have been worn at a U.S. convention.

1980 – Starship Yamamoto group was entered into the Worldcon Masquerade.

1983 – First Costume-Con takes place.

1984 – Nov Takahashi coined the term cosplay (new evidence suggests that this may have happened earlier) and used it to describe the act of wearing costumes at conventions.

1985 – The International Costumer’s Guild was formed.

1990’s – Anime and Japanese media craze picks up in the U.S., and many anime conventions begin.

2000’s – Cosplay becomes a more popular term, and the act of wearing costumes to conventions becomes more popular, especially among teens and young adults.

2010’s – Social media helps to make costuming more “mainstream,” and gives way to costumers who are famous through social media.

September 2016 News

Costume News for September 2016

A Costume Swap is taking place in Peoria, Illinois. You can donate your gently used costumes at the Peoria Playhouse or the Peoria Riverfront Museum between September 1 and October 9. You will receive a voucher to use at their costume swap on October 15. Get rid of costumes you never wear anymore, and get something new!  For more details, click here.

Twitter things that the hottest new costume of this Halloween will be a Sexy Gorilla Costume. What do you think?

The International Costumers’ Guild named Myrtle (Morojo) Douglas as the “Mother of Convention Costuming” at MidAmeriConII. Check out the video on their YouTube channel.

Geek.Kon 2016 Masked Ball

Geek.Kon 2016 Masked Ball

Geek.Kon X took place August 26-28 at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton, Wisconsin. This annual science fiction convention includes a variety of charity opportunities, including the Masked Ball. The masked ball takes place on Friday night of the convention.

While the convention begins running Friday afternoon, the masked ball cast and volunteers spend the day preparing for the evening’s festivities. But preparation for the ball doesn’t only happen on that Friday – the cast and coordinators begin their work months in advance. The script is written shortly after the previous year’s ball takes place, and then the actors meet to learn their roles and lines shortly thereafter.

While the world of Deragovia has only been around for two years, the charity masked ball has taken place for several years. It has gone many incarnations, but has always featured dancing, food, and fun.

Check out the video above to hear from the volunteers, and to get a glimpse of what the ball looks like!

Welcome to Costume News!

CostumeNews.net was founded in 2016 to be a centralized place for news on all aspects of costuming. From cosplay to museum pieces to historical reenactments, if it relates to costumes at all, we’ll report on it!

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