I am back and mostly unpacked from Costume College. It was so much fun and so much happened I will have to break everything up into multiple posts: Thursday/Friday recap, Saturday/Sunday recap, final details and summary about my Napoleonic ensemble, final post about my Cavalier dress, and a “loot” post about the goodies and antiques I managed to snag from the dealer’s hall and bargain basement. You have been warned!
After checking in and unpacking we ran over to the exhibit hall, where I was invited to display my Lady Tremaine costume. There were other really talented costumers in the room so please see my Flickr account for more photos!
My travel companions helped me dress and pad the mannequin, plus make boob-arms.
Later that night at the pool party my 1940s Star Trek group had a revival, with a new addition of a galaxy by Christina of The Laced Angel.
We passed out custom badge ribbons.
I didn’t take many photos at the pool party because of the lighting, but look at these great Reys!
Friday started out with fun. (I wore a traditional embroidered German dirndl with a vintage 1930s apron) and Stratford shoes from American Duchess (affiliate link).
Maybe too much fun (with Elizabeth/peachassassin’s codpiece).
Kim had a really cute 60s coverup and Tab soda. (The overall theme for CoCo was the 60s). It’s hard to see in the picture but underneath there is an adorable gingham bikini top and shorts beach set.
I took two great classes during the day: “Beyond the Fringe: Unravelling the Myth of the 1920s Flapper” by Leimomi Oakes and “Finishing Your 18th Century Look” by Abby Cox. I would highly recommend any classes taught by these ladies.
That evening I finally wore my completed Napoleonic court gown and train. (I’ll post more photos and a final summary later, but you can see my other construction notes along the way).
My pearl necklace and earrings were made by Gloria of Inthelongrun.
There were so many incredible costumes at the Friday Night Social I can’t post them all so here’s a selection.
Natalie as Dolores from Westworld and Kelsey as Annie Oakley.
The awesome Adria Renee in her take on Star War’s Orson Krennic.
This great Outlander gown.
Look at this amazing cord and soutache ensemble by Kelsey!
And we ended the evening with kigurumi shenanigans at the Pink Drink party!