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Costume College 2017 Recap -- Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Wig

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Costume College 2017 Recap -- Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Wig

"Costume College: a bunch of introverts fangirling at each other from across rooms. But in the best way."

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Classes at Costume College 2017!

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Classes at Costume College 2017!

Hi folks, I'm excited to announce that I will be teaching at Costume College for the very first time this year! Costume College is a 3-4 day annual conference held in Los Angeles in the summer.  So what will I be teaching? While I had many requests for workshops, I decided to stick with unlimited attendance lectures/demos this year. These will be easier for me to accomplish for my first year teaching, and it means there are no limits on class sizes. The Measure of a (Wo)ManCynthia SettjeMeasurements are essential for costuming, but taking your own can be an impossible...

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The Worth of Possibility

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The Worth of Possibility

The Met owns the Ironwork Gown, but it exists in the hearts and minds of nearly every costumer. It has been pinned on countless young costumers' inspiration boards. It is one of the iconic historical gowns which we have elevated to a level of idolatry and impossibility, considering them to be above our modern skillsets. I think most of us have looked at the Ironwork gown for decades and said "never." But what happens when we take another look at these seemingly impossible gowns and begin to ask "what if?" Cathy Hay asked the question with her Oak Leaf Gown. Watching her work through this...

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Replica Ironwork Worth Gown

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Replica Ironwork Worth Gown

I have been working away at this gown in semi-secret since the start of this year. There are of course a million things I would do differently next time, but I am absolutely thrilled with how it turned out. I have 127 hours into this dress from the moment I began handling fabric. I wore this at last night's Costume College Gala. I will do a proper write up about how I digitized the motif and executed the appliqué, but for now here are a couple of photos.   

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