Costume Contest

The International Steampunk Symposium Costume Contest was held Saturday afternoon, with the winners announced on Sunday afternoon. The costume featured five categories, with a first, second and third place awarded in each. This year also introduce two categories for very young children, but there were no entries from the those categories. 20 airship points were […]

Masquerade at WorldCon!

“A fabulous show!” – A Judge The 74th WorldCon Masquerade took place on August 19th at MidAmeriConII in Kansas City. The costume contest was one of the highlights of the weekend and was conducted according to ICG guidelines. Costumes were judged in two categories. The workmanship category is concerned only with how a costume is […]

Cyberpunk on a Budget

Here’s the beautiful thing about doing a cyberpunk cosplay: the era that gave us cyberpunk also filled today’s thrift stores. Many of those generous donations sit on the shelves to this day, and new merchandise is always being discovered. Putting together a costume has never been easier. Here are a few tips, tricks, and items […]

5 (Last Minute) Costume Ideas for Midsummer Masquerade

The 2016 Cincinnati Midsummer Masquerade is officially one month away. What does that mean for you? Well, if you’ve already planned your costume, then you can continue plucking along – provided that plan included some construction time, and you haven’t caved to the Lords of Procrastination. Still, if you at least know what you’re doing, […]

T-Rex Tuesdays

Everyone loves dinosaurs. Asking someone about their favorite dinosaur is right up there with asking for a favorite color or season. Triceratops, raptor, stegosaurus, or tyrannosaurus rex – we all have our favorites. And we can never get enough of them. While humans have been busy resurrecting the prehistoric beasts in books, film, and television […]

Masks: Anonymity and Excess

Masks were originally part of the regalia for religious rituals and early theater in Europe. The fashion of wearing masks as an accessory did not make its way to the Continent until the early 1570’s when Italian courtesans began wearing stylish face coverings in order to hide their identity while in public. Although masks are worn for many purposes in the modern era, the celebration of Halloween is currently the main reason for choosing to cover one’s face. The purpose of “masking” ones identity remains the same as in the Sixteenth Century: The scope, however, has grown through the years until it is now an industry that draws in over 5 billion dollars annually for a single day of celebration.

Child’s Dragon Cape DIY

Costumes can be tricky, especially for children and especially for outdoor events. Although everyone wants their costumes to be cool and comfortable, dressing children has the added difficulty of juvenile pickiness. If it itches, it won’t stay on. If it gets too hot, it might be randomly discarded. With such high demands, it can be […]

‘Under the Big Top Fashion Show’ – and some big news for Detroit…

On Saturday June 20th, the Tangent Gallery in Detroit witnessed ‘Under the Big Top’, a fabulous display of fashion, cabaret and variety talent. Buried in the industrial districts of central Detroit, this unsuspecting location was for one night transformed into a den of marvelous and thrilling entertainment, a timeless representation of art and strange circus wonders. It was […]

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