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Vol 3 No 1 - International Costumers' Guild, Inc.

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o tnr'suarterlyVolume 3 Number 1Summer 1989Edited by Kelly & Karen TurnerCover by Harper's Baza,r-1896With great thanks to the following people for submitting articles:Janet W. Anderson Robert BeechDon Garvey Julia Hyll Janice MergenhagenKelly Turner Joan M. VerbaArt by Linda Bo'wland, Angelique Trouvere & Animal XTable of ContentsrCG Meeting Notes 3Backstage At The Masquerade 5A Pictorial of Costume Con 7 10Confessions of a Costume Widower... 14An Experience With Body Make-Up 15Assorted News and Reviews 17Coming Attractions 19Back Issues 20As The Costume Turns 21Guild Chapters... 22The Costumer's Quarterly - Summer 1989 2


InternationalMeeting AtCostumer's GuildCostume Con 7i U8i8U1 _=Reported by Janet Wilson Anderson, official delegate for Guild West PresidentRobin SchindlerIA lot happened at !:his year's meeting that will affect usas members of the International Costumer's Guild.This report summarizes those happenings.I. New ChaptersThe Guild welcomed four new chapters (brings us up ~o13, I think)a. The Rocky Mountain Costumer's Guild located inColoradob. The Confederate Costumer's Guild located in Tennesseec. The Philadelphia chapter AKA Lunatic FringeCostumer's Guildd. The Pittsburg chapter AKA P.Y.M.W.Y.A.Costumer's Guild (People Your Mother Wamed YouAbout)II. Guild Directory - You'must send in the Q'naires!a. The Guild voted to flU1d the printing of one copy ofthe directory semi-annually to be sent to each chapter.b. Each chapter is responsible for making it available tothose who want it and funding distribution as needed.c. The first edition only printed names of members unlessyou filled in the questionnaire and sent it in LoBetsy Marks. The Guild-West had sent her the entireroster previously, but she wants ro be sure that she hasspecific permission from each member to have informationbeyond the name listed. So, to have more thanyour name listed; you have to send Betsy the Questionnaire.We include the blank form in this Squeals foryour use. You don't have to answer anything you don'twant to. [Editor's note-If you want a copy if thequestionnaire, semI an SASE with a request for thequestionnaif€ to the Quarterly's Address.]d. There is no specific; deadline for returning the questionnaire.She will issue updates twice a year and includeeverything. she has to date.REMEMBER, YOU WON'T BE LISTED INDETAIL UNLESS YOU SEND IN THE FORM TOBETSY!III. International Guild tofOlrmalize legal status asnon-profict corporationThis was the biggie. Kathryn Condon, leG Treasurer,found out that she might be liable for taxes personallyon all the ICG dues money, unless we got legal fast. Asa result, this brave lady volunteered to ramrod the legalprocedure through with a good, but cheap attorney tofile the necessary paperwork to make the ICG a nonprofitorganization. She is also filing the paperwork toget the ICG 501 (c)3 status with the IRS.a. To do this, we voted to empower her to take actionon our behalf, to expend funds up to $900 in fees toaccomplish this, to draft for chapter approval the necessarybylaws and hO gain the necessary agreements tothese bylaws - all to take place hoepfully before CCRso the Guild-WC~;;L, as tile sponsOIing body, can enjoythe legal umbrelJa of ICG status.b. The bylaws draft will be circulated to all Guild chap·ters for comments and approvals. Thesc should beprinted by the local chapters in their newsletters.c. All chapters approving the bylaws as finally agreedtowill become part of the ICG. Those not agreeing tothe bylaws or wanting more time to decide can alwaysjoin later, through the new chaptcr fOImation procedureTBD.d. There are a lot of open issues as regards the status ofthe Guild chapters vis a vis the rules of the states wherethey are located and the IRS. As we find out howthings are developing, we will keep you posted.e.SOl (c)3 status is a Good Thing for the' CGW to havesince it makes your contributions to the Guild tax deductible,and the expenses of your participation as avolunteer in Guild activities deductible (like mileage toand from programs you are working on). No. you can'tdeduct the costs of the costumes themselves. But the'3The Costumer's Quarterly - Summer 1989


0: Set chairs arQund the edge of the room forcontestants to sit on.E: Put lip signs on the wall locating each contestantgroup by den mother assignment. "Entries1-5 here", "Entries 5-10 here", etc. This will helpcontestants locate their dem mOlher and helps locatethe contestants when it's their tum to go on.F: If there is to be workmanship judging, set up asmall table in a well-lighted area out of the maintraffic flow backstage for the workmanship judge.Label the location "Workmanship JudgingHere" -G: Set up the check-in table just outside the Green.Room main entrance. Put up a BIG sign"Masquerade Check-in Here". Have "staff'badges· or labels or ribbons available to identifycontestants' helpers accompanying contestants.H. Put up "No Smoking" signs everywhere!I. Put a sign up near the Green Room entrancesaying "Restricted Area· Contestants and StaffONLY." Assign a volunteer to stand door guardto keep' out on-lookers. (Otherwise your GreenRoom will get overrun with photographers andother curious folk.) Everyone backstage should beidentified - either as contestant or helper.THE CHECK-IN PROCESS1. Make your check-in sheet just as soon as therunning order of the masquerade is determined.. Listeach entry by number, skill division, entry name and.costumer name. Make several copies of this, since itis the running order of the masquerade and will beneeded by check-in, Backstage Director, Tech head,audio, lights, and video staff and Sergeant-at-arms.Each judge should also get a copy, as should thejudges' clerk.2. Assign den mothers to contestants and list themon the check-in sheet. For an SF Masquerade, where, last-minute repairs or assembly are the rule, you \viUwant one den mother for each 5-6 entrants. For ahistorical masquerade, where the costumes. generallyarrive in a more complete state, one for every 8-9, :hould do.3. Make a file card for each entry. Write the entrynumber on it (big) and the den mother's name(small).4. Give your checker(s) the check-in list and the filecards. As a contestant arrives, he is checked ·off; heis told who his den mother is and where to findher/him, and he is told to HANG ON TO THECARD UNTIL JUST BEFORE HE GOES ONThe Costumer's Quarterly - Summer 1989STAGE! If he has brought his own helpers, labelthem before they get backstage.5. The Backstage Director should periodically checkwith the check-in desk to see who hasn't shown upyet. If someone hasn't arrived by five minutes toshow time, the Backstage Director should inform ~heMasquerade Director, so the Me, judges and techcrew can be informed.DEN MOTHERS1. Give each Den Mother a very conspicuous badgethat says "DEN MOTHER NOS. X to Y". This willhelp the contestant find his Den Mother. The DenMother should write her contestants' numbers on herbadge and mark them off as they show up.2. A Den Mother is the main line of communicationbetween the Backstage Director, Masquerade Directorand the contestants. If something comes up thatall should know, the M.D. will tell the B.D. whotells each Den Mother who tells her group. Sheshould let her group know all relevant informationabout traffic flow, location of essential facilities, 'seating, and stage layout. She should be sure theyknow the sequence of events. Even if they shouldalready know this, she should tell them again!3. A Den Mother's primary responsibility is to serveher group of contestants. She should know the locationof the repair table. She should offer them liquidrefreshment or munchies. Some costumers have beenknown to forget to eat or drink for hours before andduring a Masquerade, leading no a seriously-depletedstate. Others can't face the thought of eating ordrinking, so a Den Mother should always ask. If shethinks someone is about to pass out, she should callfor the Backstage Director immediately.4. If a costumer needs considerable help in getting Iready (more than a couple of minutes) a Den Mothershould call for a mother's helper to devote herself tothat costumer's needs. This insures that the rest ofher group do not get neglected while she helps justone person for a long time.5. If there is official photography before theMasquerade, it is the Den Mother's responsibility toshepherd her pack through photography. She mayuse the floating mother's helpers to assist her in this.She can mark through each contestant's number onher badge when they have been photographed tokeep track. If photography is afterwards, she shouldaccompany her group there and help them throughthe line.6. A Den Mother should be alert to problems andnotify the Backstage Director as soon as she sPOts6i


one. if one of her cont t: ts is goin n to h II aspecial entry r exit need that lhey hav n'l aLrea yidentified, sh should let the B.D. know. 0 the helpersand catchers are' rted.7, She should always identifY lhelQrohlcm COSlllm(~by its entry numher (check the conlcstant's card forthis), since this number is the key one for all concerned.8. A Den Mother should know all of her group bynarne ,md number. \Vhen it is time to assemble. to goon stage, it is the Den Mother's responsibility todeliver everyone to the Sergeant-at-anns for line-up.If someone is missing, she goes and tracks themdown.9. A Den Mother should watch over her group'sbelongings, especially those items like glasses orwatches shed at the last minute before going onstage. Remember to give them back, too.10. A Den Mother accompanies her group to thestage for the competition, and after the last one is onstage, meets them either at photo or at contestill1tseating. She should stay with them during the judgingintermission and help them back on stage if theywin.11. If there is stage access for practice before thecompetition, a Den Mother should let her groupknow about it. She may help them herself or draft amother's helper to do so.HER'SEL ERSMother's Helpers perfoml two main functions:1. . efore the M< e are UTe ami gtaff. Th 'j help with len sem ·es/repair~.T cy help people on and off stage d iring prac.tice.ey serve as gofer for the ackstage. Director.They run the errands to ops, security, hotel staff.They fi 11 ill \I,ihcrever an additional pair of hands orfeel is needed. They too should have klrge conspicuollsbadges, so everyone knows who to grab toget some help. You need one for every two denmothers.2. When the Masquerade starts. three or four of theMother's Helpers - the big strong ones - will assistpeople to get onto the stage with their costumes intact(not to mention their persons). These Helper'swill lift trailing draperies from the front to helppeople up stairs ,md lift heavy props. These Helpersare called Pushers, imd report to the Sergeant-manns.SERGEA T-AT-ARThe Serge,mt-al-anns serves four main functions:1,. He keeps order backstage and evicts unauthorizedvisitOrs.2. He is the one charged with gelling the contestantslined lip in order to go on. A few minlllcs beforesliU1ing time, he should ask the den mother of thefirst group to bring [hem to the staging area. Usingtheir numbered cards, he lines them lip in order. I-Ieis responsible fm keeping the linc mov ing and beingsure that each pack is calkd in time. If there is aproblem and the sequence has to be changed, he isthe person who notifies the Backstage DiJeClOr, \\'hoin tum gets word to the 7\1C ,mel tech crew. The MeHow to communicate with your cats, Lesson 1[:"Body Language-what does it mean?"That was some othercat that fell head-firstinto the toilet.Lick ModeAs soon as sheleaves the room,that cape is history.7 e Costumer's Quarterly - Summer 1989


will of course announce the change to the judges andthe audience to avoid confusion.3. In large masquerades, he is on head-set with thetech crew, keeping them informed of who is up nextand when they should start the tech for that entry.4. He is in charge of the pusher crew who acmallymove contestants on to the stage.lOURING llHE M SQUERADEThe Backstage Director is the liaison with the techcrew. She is the person who lets them know wheneach costume is ready to go on and the one whocalls a halt if trouble arises. She is the last person thecontestant sees before going on stage. She wilt havethe check-in list back from the checkers, and as eachcontestant hands her his numbered card, she checksto be certain it is the right person. And she gets towish each contestant their final "Good Luck!"JUDGES'ClERKThis helper is assigned to make the jl!ldges' lifeeasier. His/her functions:AFTER THASQUEDE1. The den mothers check to make sure each of theirgroup has gone through the phOto line, if there isone. They can help hold paraphemalia, arrangedraperies and help the contestant move through eachposing station. The den mothers also return anymaterials left with them.2. When the judges return to announce the awards,den mothers should make sure all of their contestantsrea')semble where they can hear the awards. Cheerinftloudly wizen one of your group wins is perfectlyacceptable den mother behavior. After all is over,the Backstage Director and crew clean up the GreenRoom. Repair table supplies are inventoried so itemsused up can be replaced for the next show. Signs aretaken down and any left-behind articles retrieved.The Backstage Director should tum these over to theMasquerade Director who can take them to thecostumers' post ma


BACKSTAGE DIRECTO'R ­OTHER DUTIES.In addition to the duties spelled out above, the BackstageDirector's main function is to deal withproblems as they arise. Nonnally it is she who setsthe tone for her crew and the entire backstage area.If you panic, don't let it show! It is also critical thatthe Backstage Director be highly visible and mostimportantly, BE AVAILABLE! You can't solve aproblem if you can't be found. With a good crew,these will be minimal, but there will always be somelast minute crisis for you to deal with.3. The Backstage Director should be notified of anypersons not wearing a badge or competing. She willquery the interloper and determine his status. Crewmembers should always refer interlopers to the Sergeantat Anus or Backstage Director who can evensummon Security if necessary.4. After the Masquerade, the Backstage Director willwannly and personally thank every member of thecrew for their help!5. The Backstage Director should show up a~ theMasquerade Post Mortem, if any, and invite suggestionsfrom the participants on what went right andwhat can be inlproved. Again, gracious ,thank~)'ouswill help insure the return of good crew for thenext s'how!LASTWOR-No one can eYer predict all the things that can happenat a Masquerade. As one Masquerade Directorput it: "It's a big show where there's no rehearsal;the cast and crew meet each other for the firs~ timethat night, and you have no idea who's is going to dowhat. It's a wonder things go as well as they usuallydo!" The key thoughts are:ANTICIPATE!COMMUNICATElAnd most importantly,HAPPY MASQUERADINGlJanet Wilson AndersonA Guide to the Costume Con 7 Pictorial~m::WMt9t~a;r a&:a 1 :s: tli tl:2llSJ2l& U 1G .i..~&£&$BO aMi: )J ill mI IS.&:Z;HZ U JPage 10 Page 11 Page 12On the next few pages arc photos taken at Costume Con 7,held over Memorial Day weekend in AlOOflY, New York.Here is a key to those photos:A. Bobbi Gear, Patricia Hammer, and Kathym Condon as "Inthe Court of the Winter Queen."B. Karen Turner as "Moon15ase personnel" from the televisionseries UFO.C. Elaine Mami, Barb Schofield, Caroline Juhan, and JaquiWard as "The Four Housewives of the Apgcolypsc­Housework, Cooking, Cleaning, and Gossip."D. Julia Hyllas "The Dragon Uidy."E. Tom ALk~nson in Men's Sarfleet Miniskirt from Star Trek~The Next GenerationF. Gary Anderson & Janet Wilson Anderson as "RetiredSpace Marine" & "Rangy Lil" from the F'uture Fashion Show.G. Kathy Sanders at the HistoricalMasqueradeH. Eleanor Farrell and Deborah K. Jonesa~ "Alliance". Best of Show winner inthe SF & F Masquerade.I. Denice Girardeau and Bill Nelson as"Kali-People Never Learn."J. Jaqui Ward at the HistoricalMasqueradeK. Kathy Sanders as "Maza'an ThePage 13 Faceless" at the Future Fashion ShowL. Victoria Ridenour at the HistoricalMasquerade.M. D. Jcanneue Holloman in an "African Tudor" made byJennifer Ketcham.N. Ted Hammer and Ricky Dick in Civil WtJr uniforms atthe HiSlorical MasqueradeO. Victoria RidGnour and Adrian BUlterfeld at the IIislOticalMasquerade.P. IJcborah K. JaMs at the HistOrical Masquerade.Q. Gary Anderson and Janet Wilson Andetson as ?R. Animal X as "Lady in waiting to Marie Antoinette." Bestof show winner at the fhslorical Ma"qucradc.S. Patti Gill, Karen Turner, and Dianne Dawe as SonjaHcnni, Carmen Miranda, and Esther Williams-"The Three40's Crackpots."9 The C0slumer's Quarterly - Summer 1989


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Confessions ofWia CostumeIPart One... by Don Garvey... (Mr. mda Bo la I)You don't know what it's like, really. It makes It gets worse. The last major costume that myAlice in Wonderland look tame by comparison. sister made was glittered. Since then, I havebanned glitter from my sight. Our lawn wasIt started out simply enough. A sequin here. Some q>Vered with more little sparkling flakes thanglitter there. Just a couple of little things to liven grass. We were the first in the neighborhood toup an otherwise dull convention costume.have a glitter carpet. This was courtesy of the catsAha! But that is where the madness began. Afterall, if a little bit helped to make it beuer, then lotsof the stuff will blow the other costumers out ofthe competition.I'm speaking from experience here. You see, I ama costume widower. I have this passive interest incostuming. On the other hand, my wife and sisterare fanatics of the type that make hashassians looklike slackards.What makes matters worse, is that my four-yearoldson, is as mad as his mother and aunt. All hewants is conventions with swimming pools andcostumes. He wants to go on stage.And, I think, the cats are in on it too. I'm sure ofit.Why me?Let me tell you what it's like.House! Surely you jest. I have no house! I'mlucky to keep it out of the bathroom...most of thetime.Two typewriters and two sewing machines adornthe kitchen table. The counters are covered withbatiking and costuming supplies. Patterns litterthe living room floor, and what was supposed tobe the office, is ceiling-high with boxes ofmaterials and supplies.We used to have a bedroom. It's now a storagebin.who rolled in the stuff then ran through the housemerrily distributing it everywhere. (l told youthey were in on it.) My co-workers made little 'comments about the little cloud of animated glitterthe foHows me around. J try to ignore it.I guess what really did it, was finding glitter in theCorn Flakes one morning. AFld the stuff was in anun-opened box!And there was that Christmas, two years ago...The embarrassment of it all.We were in a department store; looking atChristmas tree decorations. I absently commentedthat there were some very nice decorations thatyear. Suddenly, both my wife and her sister beganto drool. There were these glazed looks in theireyes. Before I could cry a warning, they hadstripped the displays naked, and with a cry of"Glitz!" they disappeared. Needless to say, noneof it ever reached our Christmas tree.I am fast losing my grip on reality.Wait! What's that noise? That demonic giggling?There is a voice beckoning... "Oh long sufferingspouse and brother of costumer... "Oh no! It's that time of year. They want a dressdummy! I won't do it! No! Not that! Not thecorset! Get that wig off my head! No! No![...Mr. Garvey is currently resting quietly in UJlIiversityHospital, London. He is thclCfore unable to finish thepilious talc. He has, however, promised to completc itsometime after his release from the hospital.}The Costumer's Quarterly - Summer 198914


An ExWitorod.............eThe ST:TNG Uniform Thatost Wasn'tby Robert BeechOnce, while I was typing away at work, I had an idea:Build a Star Trek: The Next Generation (ST:TNG) costumeout of paint. It has solid blocks of color, so if Idecided to wear anything less than black swim trunks,my buttocks would be solid black and therefore easy tohide. It seemed possible, and such a perverted ideawould probably go over well at a SF convention.Originally, I had envisioned using Pax paint which isnormally used for painting masks (pax, developed byDick Smith). I use it also on the hands instead ofgrease make-up because it docs not rub off. The staffof Hammond & Davis SFX make-up company warnedme that using Pax over the entire body would befoolish and dangerous. I would be wearing the slufffor a week!After more research, I slumbled on a water solublecake make-up by Kryolan called Aquacolor, and an articleabout liquid make-up for dancers made fromAquacolor.The three ingredients were:>- Aquacolor cake make-up>- Fixier spray (another Kryolan product. This makesthe make-up sweat resistant.)>- AlcoholNo proportions were given so as a first guess I decidedto mix equal amounts of cacho The ingredients weremixed together in a kitchen blender (much to the dismayof my wife).I made a costume that was red and black. The blackpart covered at least twice the area of the red. I had noidea how much this fonnula would cover. I used 1cake of red make-up and 2 cakes of the black. Thiswas starting to get expensive! (each cake costs $7) Asit turned out, I used only a.bout haJji of this quantity forthe final application.After using the make-up on a small test area, it wasevident that I would have to shave my whole body inorder to give the illusion of cloth. Wish I'd thoughtabout that before spending the on make-up! Because15of the alcohol in the formula, I shaved close one weekbefore the can and then touched up with an electricrazor lhe day of the application. TI'lat way, my skinwas free of any cuts or abrasions that would sting.By this time. I had enough conl1dencc in the coverageof the make-up, that I decided that I would wear only aG-string. Since there would be a small possibilily thatmy G-string could get lost or (heaven forbid!) stolen, Ifil:,':Ured that it would be wise to paint my groin as well.Application took 2 hours with one helper. A helper/painteris essential because of all the difficult toreach areas. We


T t:n ( we t . . hopping. TIp rea lions from oLh r'ans uickly ispeUed all feeling:-: f robarrm menLra more than 10 feel a iiy. or wilh ruy a qui'kglallc', it 10 ked like n]y one of many ST unifOnJ1.'.Upon cJoser inspection, eyes widen, jaws drop. and expressionslike "Of! my gllOd l It's paint!" are heard.On t \\iO occasions [\-va convers'ng with someone forover a minute before they realized that m>' costumewasn't there. I eve received a few cartoon-like doublelakes... from P rs. the hardest audiencc in the worldto freak out. he. costume was a success. As might beSUSI~ctcd, [lie fcm fans liked U1e costume a lot.When I was done, the make-up came off in the showereasily WiLh soap and water.Although the co.stume was a success, there arc still afew areas for improvement if I ever choose to do thisagain:The paim wears all very quickly in areas of abrasion:under the anns, inside of elbows, between the legs.under and around the G- string. These areas might bepainted wilh a matching Pax paint or sprayed witill/ixier. It woult! be difficult to remove, but would alla-wme LO raise my amlS.nu~ paint' l . hiny for he typ of cloth I am tr)~ngto 'mula,l , d che 1] lions al -eve"" cs ci- yin ash pictures. Per (ps powdering with face p w­clefS and ma.l.c I the plli.nt colors is the ,mswer.This wa the most outliageous costume I have everworn. Also one of lhe most fun. I was not botheredby hotel security. [did not look like one or thosestrange people wearing only a loin cloth or chain mailbikini. I was completely covered, and very nearlynaked at the S,UTIe time.IALS NEEDED:> 2 cake KRYOLAN AQUACOLOR - BLACK> 1 cake KRYOLAN AQUACOLOR - RED. BLUE,or YELLOW> I can KRYOLAN Pixier Spray:> 8 oz. Alcohol 91 % 'Isopropyl:> Blender (note !imall blender jars arc helpful)The author gratefully acknmvledgcs the assistance of:Dianne HammondBetsy Marks (my painter)Kinetic Artist, Inc.The Costumer's Quarterly - Summer 198916


A so ted ws ev s"Romance of the Desert" Party ABig hit a WesterconAt Westercon, the West Coast regional ScienceFiction & Fantasy Convention, the Costumer'sGuild West held a "Romance of the Desert" party(inspired by the re-release of "Lawrence ofArabia".) The party was a HUGE success. Thiswas partly helped by the convention programmingthat only had 2 scheduled items on the evening itwas held. So those people that didn't like thealternate programming came to the Guild Party.The only problem was that the convention onlygave us a 12' x 12' room to hold a party for 100+people. Needless to say, we overflowed into thehalls. Thanks also to the filkers who gave us theirroom to overflow into for over an hour.Costumer's Go On-LineA Costumer's Bulletin Board System has just goneon-line. For those of you with personal computersand modems, this new BBs has just opened up!It's the DAG board run by Eric Gerds. The numberis (213) 546-1861. Modem settings are300/1200 8N1. Room 6 is devoted to costumingand Costume Con 8.NOTICE: Star Trek WelcommiUeelooking for costume volunteer!The Star Trek Welcommittee (a fan-run help service)is looking for a cosmme consultant. Thiscostume consultant would primarily be answeringthe questions of fans on Star Trek costumes-----bothoriginal Trek and Next Generation Trek; both onunifonns and costumes worn by guest stars. Thepost is entirely voluntary and the only recompenseis the satisfaction of helping other fans. Whoeverfills this post will have to bear minor postage expenses,such as answering letters without SASEs,and will have his or her address printed in the StarTrek Welcommittee infom1ational flyers. The requirementsof the position also include writing aletter of activities (even if there are not any) oncea month to the Vice-chainnan in charge of services,consultants and specialists. If interested,please write to:Joan Marie VerbaP. O. Box 1363Minnetonka, MN 55345Beware of Hostile Emcee!This letter was just sent to us by Janice Mergenhagenof the Great White North chapter:Dear Karen & Kelly,II m not sure if YOll can publish this,but I was so upset by the incident thatI had to write to other costumers.I attended EMPIRICON 189 last weekend.For various reasons, the convention wasnot very well attended. The Masqueradewas scheduled for Saturday night and Iwas not planning on entering, not havingseen any registration forms or informationon it when we registered.My boyfriend and I attended theMasquerade in Starfleet outfits and wereapproached in the hallway by a man in aPhantom of the Opera outfit who askedif we were entered. When we said weweren't l he convinced us to sign up asthere were only 3 other entries.The man in the Phantom outfit was theMC. I learned later that his name wasStephen Hartman. I have NEVER been soangry at the end of a masquerade.First l we all waited while this mantold jokes and anecdotes that theaudience did not want to hear. Then,when called up on stage l it was obviousthat he had no idea of where our costumeswere from l so instead of justleaving well enough alone l he ridiculedthe costumes and the person who hadmade them. Other contestants sufferedsilly jokes and snide remarks abouttheir costumes tOOl even if he knewwhat they were.I would like to warn costumers to stayout of any masquerade that is MC'd bythis man unless you are ready for theverbal abuse he dishes out.SincerelYIJanice Mergenhagen17The Costumer's Quarterly - Summer-1989


etter'esea:r,ch J urnalThis is the newsletter of USITT (The United StatesInstitute for Theatre Technology). The one issue thatwe have seen was 9 pages long (although the pagesize was a large (11 "x17"). It had an extensive articleon an 18th century men's coat (including patterns).Also, a BASIC computer program for alteringpatterns, a men's 1890s spat pattern, a list of sources,book reviews, and more. It come out 4 times a year.The price is $10.00 for USITT members and $15.00for non members. Write to ; Cutter's Research Journal,J


Coming At ractio sA Calendar of Costume-Related EventsHollywood & HistoryPalais de la CivilisationlIe Notre DameMontreal, Quebec, CANADAThis is the travelling exhibition of hollywood'sversion of historical costumes organized by ,theLos Angeles County Museum of Art. It runsthrough October 11, 1989The Proper Lady:Fashions and Etiquette in the 1880sChicago Historical SocietyChicago, ILThis exhibition contains 35 complete costumes. Itruns from October 18, 1989 through February 11,1990. There is a catalog of the exhibition. Formore infoffilation call (312) 642-4600St. Nicholas Christmas BallSunday, December 34:00pm - 11 :OOpmCan you dance all night? Can you dance all nightin a Victorian? If so, don't miss this ball! Admissionis $35 until October 14, 1989 and $40 untilNovember 30, which is their cut-off. 19th centuryevening dress is appreciated, but modern fonnalwear (no cocktail-length dresses, please) is acceptable.For reservations or more infonnation, writeto Ralph Harnnann, 521 S. Mariposa St.,Burbank,CA 91506. Thanks to Guild West's Squeals forthe info {Editor's note: We haven't found out exactlywhere the dance is taking place yet.]Costume Con 8Dates: February 16-19, 1990Rates: $30 from June 11, 1989 - Feb. 1, 1990$40 after Feb. 1 and at the doorAddress: 3216 Villa Knolls Dr.Pasadena, CA 91 107This is the next Costume Con. It offers greatfacilities and a competent staff. Proposedprogramming items unique to this Costume Coninclude the Great $1.98 EveI)/one is Equal, Designand Make it on the Spot competition. This eventwill challenge the creativity of all participants,who will be provided with a large pile of materialsand given one hour to build an entire costume onthe spot. Another special event is the Hall CostumeCompetition on Saturday themed "A Saluteto Hollywood". Those wishing to make costumesbased on movie sources are invited to show themoff at this time, and perhaps win a prizeCostume Con 9Dates: February 15-18, 1991Rates:$25 until Sept. 10, 1989$30 from Sept. 11, 1989 to June 10, 1990$35 from June 11, 1989 to Feb. 1, 1991$40 after Feb. 1, 1991 and at the doorAddress: Costume Con 9c/o Katherine CondonP. O. Box 194Mt. Airy, MD 21771Compuserve 10: 72310,3005MC1MAIL TO: RROBINSONThis is the next Costume Con on the East Coast.It offers the same facilities as Costume Con 3 (theColumbia Inn, Columbia, Maryland). Also, muchthe same staff as Costume Con 3. Buy your membershipnow while they are cheap! We will keepyou posted as fUI1her details come in.Is 1!here a convention or exhibit that we should be listing?'?If so, LET US KNOW! We can't know everything on ourown. We rely on our membership for our info, so speakup! .:.19The Costumer's Ouarterly - Summer 1989


Back IssuesMany people have expressed an interest in obtaining back-issuesof Lhe Quarterly. So for those of you that want to completeyour collection (or didn't know that back issues or certainpast artides existed) here is a complete list of past issuesincluding current priciFlg, These issues arc availablefrom the Quarterly address. Enjoy!I Volume 1 Number 1:I (Summer 1987 - 26 pages - Reprint cost S3.CX»How To Conserve Vintage ClothingBeading-A Crash CourseSewing WiLh Stretch MaterialsHow To Choose A SergerHandy Household Hints For CostuuoersHow To Make Beaded EarringsVolume 1 Number 2:(iFall 1987 - 26 pages - Reprint cost: $3.(0)How To Do Historical ResearchWorking With Friendly PlasticHow To Live WiLh A CostumerHow To Do Batik (Part 1)Star Trek: The Next Generation UniformsHow To Cut The Perfect TrainCostuming Books In PrintVolume 1 Number 3/4:(Winter/Spring 1988 - 46 pages - Cost $3.(0)Everything You Wanted To Know About GlueGlue, Gunk, and StickumHow To Do Batik (paFt 2)The WorldCon Watch Parts 1 and 2Facades (The 10 different types of costumers)Handy Household HintsMuseum ReviewsThe Costl1mer's Lament (a filk)Volume 2 Number 1:(Summer 1988 - 22 pages - Cost $2.00)Paper Mache Hardware TechniquesMore Handy Household HintsHistorical CIOlhing: Getting a Look At TIiIe Genuine ArticleBeach Blanket BabylonAll The News That's Fit To PrintLiving WillI A Non-CostumerVolume 2 number 2:(Fall 1988 - 26 pages - Cost 52.00)How To Make MasksAs The Costume TurnsThe Making Of "Dread Warrior"The Costume Society or AmericaThe Religion Of CostumingThe Art Of Making Appliques (Part I)The Costume (a filk)Volume 2 Number 3:(Wimer 1989 ~ 22 pages - Cost $2.00)The Art Of Making Appliques (part 2)The Stress DietNolaCon PictorialPoints on DressmakingIn Defense Of Costumes (a [ilk)Chain Of CommandVolume 2 Number 4(Spring 1989 - 30 pages - Cost $2.00)Leather ArmorThe Making Of: Beneath Alien WavesNorcascon NewsDanish EmbroideryThrift Store StrategiesThat's Not The Way To (a [ilk)Cost: 52.00Cestumer'x{lllllrterl.l'(he ltlllllumrr',QuarffTJ~,i.IDDt< '87,,;/.-~.'~, .' ., lj-",".'ll!.-(:t;t.


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Gild Cha tersThis zine ponsor d by tInt ratio let mer' Guild. For your e -ip dues, you receive 4 issues of this g zine local e ~ e fer, mcetin s, andlocal discounts.lumbiatu e 's ild01 7st er uilThe Great White N rtho turner's Guildc/o Costumer's WorkshopB x 784 Adelaide St. POeronto, Ontario CANADA M5C 2KlDues: $12 a yearThe NY/NJ Costumer's GuildC· ka The Sick Pups of Monmoth County)c/o Mami85 West McClellan Ave.Livingston, NJ 07039Dues: $12 a yearidwest Costumer's Guildc/o P"uin r270 .. reltLincoln, NEDues: 1 a y'5ct2Wild n Woolly Co t mer's GuildP. O. Box 1088 [' ti n MCalgary, Albert CANADA T2P 2K9Due.: $12 a yearConfederal Costumer's Guil6 32 I or CircleCha t nooga, TN 37416Lunatic Fringe Costumer's Guildc/o Vicki Warren1139 Woodmere Rd.Pottstown, PA 19464PYMWVA Costumer's Guild(People u Mother Warned You About)c/o Animal707 rson Ave.Pittsburg . iA, 15232Coming Next Issue:Visiting a "Pro" costume sh"Fashions For Stout Women" - August 1907Masquerade JudgingA Video Tape Tutorial (Really!)More cartoons by lind BowlandThe Costume Repair 11 ble-A MemoirPlus more!The COSlumer's Quarterly - Summer 198922


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