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Luxury Textiles East and West - LACMA

This 3 part exhibit "highlights more than 75 outstanding objects that demonstrate the role textiles play in relation to ceremonial occasions, public and private spaces, and social identity. Dating from the 14th century through the 20th century, and originating from Europe, Asia, and North America".

Some pictures of the exhibit are on their web.  Also check their photo gallery for more.

bulletInfo: www.LACMA.org or 323-857-6000  
bulletExhibit runs though January 30, 2005
bulletThe Los Angeles County Museum of Art: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, LA.
bulletExhibit is open all days the museum is open.  (Closed Wednesdays)
bullet$9 adults, $5 seniors and students, under 17 is free, 2nd Tuesday is free to all
bullet"Presented in three rotations:
bullet Luxury Textiles East and West: Opulent Interiors  is on view August 5, 2004  through January 30, 2005."
bulletLuxury Textiles East and West: Dress and Identity is on view October 30, 2003, through July 5, 2004;
bulletLuxury Textiles East and West: Ceremony and Celebration is on view February 20 through October 5, 2003;

Upcoming exhibit at LACMA: Images of Fashion from the Court of Louis XIV - March 12-June26, 2005

The Lanterman Ragtime Tea Dance

An elegant afternoon of tea, music and dancing in the ballroom of historic Lanterman House in La Canada/Flintridge. Dance the one step, waltz and tango to the music of Ian Whitcomb, Dean Mora, Sheila Murphy-Nelson and the boys

bulletinfo: http://www.lahacal.org/1918/ , tickets $40, includes a high tea
bulletLanterman House in La Canada/Flintridge
bulletSunday, Dec 4, 2004 1-3pm
bulletDance Class: Noon to 1 PM
Dancing and Tea: 1 to 5 PM
bulletHistorical attire from 1918 is suggested, but not required

 Loscon Masquerade - Thanksgiving Weekend - Programming schedule now posted

bulletPanel times
bulletSome programs to interest the costumers...
bulletCharacter Development, Movement and Choreography for costume presentation
bulletCurses Foiled Again - Creating a costume out of Aluminum Foil
bulletBasic Chain Mail Demo
bulletRecreating a Movie Costume like Lord of the Rings: Where do You Start?
bulletCostuming for Beginners and Children
bulletMake Your Own Light Saber Workshop
bulletCostuming on a BudgetOrganizing and working with large costuming groups - even long distance!
bulletLow-Tech Props and Accessories for your costumes
bulletCostuming without Sewing
bulletHow not to do weapons
bulletNew Art Mediums: Using Acid On Metal & Other Unique Materials (useful for costuming too.)
bulletFoam Armor & Other Armor Cheats Workshop
bulletMasquerade 101: how to create a presentation to go on stage
bulletmasquerade info
bullet<here> for all the convention information.
bulletPlease remember, new hotel this year:  LAX Marriott

Fifty Designers/Fifty Costumes: Concept to Character

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, in association with the Costume Designers Guild, presents a wonderful exhibit and lecture series.  50 costumes from movies of the last 5 years have been selected to showcase the designer.  Included will be the character sketch and photographs and swatches. Movies represented include Spider-Man, Austin Powers, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Matrix II, Elf, Shaft, 102 Dalmatians, Legally Blond 2, The Last Samurai, Gladiator, Frida, and more.


Info: http://oscars.org/events/ , 8949 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, 310-247-3600.


Costume exhibit

Free admission to all.  Tues-Fri 10-5, weekends 12-6, closed Mondays.


Exhibit open September 10 - December 5, 2004


A color exhibit book is also available.


Check out the companion lecture series: Character Comes First: Costume Design in the 21th Century

Character Comes First: Costume Design in the 21th Century

"This four-week seminar will offer a detailed look at the costume design process from the perspective of motion picture costume designers themselves. Each session will feature film clips and open discussion between audience and guests (subject to availability). During this program a renowned line up of costume designers will discuss their approach toward designing for particular motion picture genres." Each Tuesday is different topic:  Period Costumes, Comedy or Fantasy Costumes,  Contemporary Costumes, Science Fiction or Horror Costumes.


Info: http://www.oscars.org/events/costume_seminar , 310-247-3000 x111.  Linwood Dunn theater, 2424 North Vine St, Hollywood. 

$40 for the public, $30 for Academy members


Four week seminar: Tuesdays, September 14 - October 5, 2004. 


See site for registration info.


This lecture series is the companion to the exhibit 50 Costumes: Concept to Character exhibit at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Past Patterns Historic Reproduction Clothing Workshops

Saundra Ros Altman teaching Historic Reproduction Clothing Workshops. Each workshop includes an illustrated lecture, reproduction samples of the clothing to be made, kits with which to make the clothing.   The workshops are in conjunction with the Boosters of Old Town at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

There are 4 different workshops on men's and women's clothing


Info www.pastpatterns.com/workshops.html

e-mail Jean Antis at: :sewhistorical@cox.net for registration and pricing.


Workshops will be in the McCoy House in Old Town San Diego.

bulletWorkshop details:
bullet#1 Weekend Workshop: Oct. 15, 16 & 17, 2004 (10:00AM to 5:00PM) - Men's Clothing Workshop only
bullet#2 Evening Workshop: Oct. 18, 19, 20 & 21, 2004 (5:30PM to 9:30PM - Men's and Women's Clothing Workshop
bullet#3 Weekend Workshop: Oct. 22, 23 & 24, 2004 (10:00AM to 5:00PM) - Women's Clothing Workshop only
bullet#4 Evening Workshop: October 25, 26, 27, 28 & 29, 2004 (5:30PM to 9:30PM - Men's and Women's Clothing


Note, this is San Diego, but the knowledge gained is a wonderful excuse to head south.

  Upcoming Convention for LOTR - RingCon

Lots of Lord of the Rings fun... and lots of LOTR Costume too.  Judy and I will be special guests this year.  We have all kinds of great stuff planned.  Come up and play with us.

Official website: http://www.ringcon.com .  They have on line registration.  October 29, 30, 31, 2004 Double Tree Hotel, Sea-Tac, Washington.

Seattle is a bit out of the way for Los Angeles but if you're into LOTR Costume it's going to be a great weekend. More info here.

Comic-Con International 

bulletJuly 22-25,  2004, Annual
bulletSan Diego, CA
bulletAs their name states, this is an international comic convention.  Saturday's event is open to all costumes but comic oriented items do better.
bulletNote: write for their rules, their structure and format is different than the 'ICG standard'.
bulletThere are a number of sponsored prizes most years.
bulletPre-register for the masquerade

Labyrinth of Jareth Fantasy Masquerade Ball

Here's a chance for a wonderful evening of dance and costume.  It's in Hollywood this year.  Amazing costumes.

bulletFriday, July 15, 2004
bulletHenry Fonda Music Box Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd.
bulletInfo: http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com

Live Barbra Streisand Auction

Julien Entertaiment present a live auction on Saturday, July 5th, 2004.  Over 400 “collector and museum quality” items from the career of Barbra Streisand will be offered.  All proceeds will go to humanitarian and environmental causes supported by the artist’s philanthropic work through The Streisand Foundation.

bulletCecil Beaton for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
bulletIrene Sharaff for both the stage and film versions of Funny Girl
bulletHello Dolly
bulletMy Name is Barbra
bulletMany concerts and much more

Full press release is at: http://www.julienentertainment.com/ .  There are pre-auction exhibits in New York, London and Los Angeles.  The LA exhibit is at Astra West in the Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, California May 31 to June 4.  Color exhibit book is available.

See photos of the auction pieces on e-bay

Top to Bottom: Women's Fashions from 1890 to 1950

Exhibit showcasing" the different styles and shapes women's clothing undertook over six historical decades.  Additionally, this exhibit looks into how economic, cultural and social changes affected what women wore.  These breathtaking fashions are on loan from the Theodore Gonzales collection."


Info: www.heritagesquare.org or (626) 796-2898 extension 222


April 16, 2004 – June 12, 2004 – 12:00 to 4:00


Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer Street (Exit 110-Pasadena Freeway at Avenue 43)

Erté/Opera & Ballets Russes/Dance: Theater Costume in LACMA’s Collection

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has a sizable group of costumes from the "Ballets Russes (Russian Ballet). Featured in this exhibition are thirty spectacular couture costumes created for opera singer Ganna Walska by the renowned fashion and graphic designer Erté. Twenty two ballet costumes designed by such artists as Henri Matisse, Natalia Goncharova, Sonia Delaunay, and Léon Bakst will also be presented. .... All the costumes and graphics, done during the late teens and 20s, are reflective of the period’s fascination with things “Oriental”—the fantasy, luxury, opulence, and exoticism Europeans found in the culture and arts from such distant lands as Persia, Russia, and China."

bulletExhibit runs December 14, 2003 though April 4, 2004
bulletInfo: www.LACMA.org or 323-857-6000  
bulletThe Los Angeles County Museum of Art: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, LA.
bulletExhibit is open all days the museum is open.  (Closed Wednesdays)
bullet$7 adults, $5 seniors and students, $1 kids and young students, 2nd Tuesday is free to all

AlterYears Moving Sale

The building that AlterYears is currently in will be torn down.  They're having a 40% off moving sale right now.  Drop by and get some great deals.

bulletSales dates: March 22-27
bullet8960 E. Huntington Dr., San Gabriel, CA , directions <here>
bulletNew address information
bulletPO Box 98, Rosemead CA 91770 for orders
bullet8553 Village Ln, Rosemead CA for will call
bulletNew Numbers: Phone (626) 569-9179 Fax (626) 569-9099
bulletNew Hours: Mon Noon-4 pm, Tues, Weds, Fri - 10 am-5:30 pm, Thurs 10 am - 7:30 pm, Sat by appointment.
bulletWill Call - Call us with your order; we will pullit from the warehouse and have it ready for you to pick up - usually the next working day. Pick-up address: 8553 Village Ln, Rosemead CA.  Need to look at stuff to decide? Call us and make an appointment for us to take you to the warehouse.

 The Leading Ladies of Hollywood Sale

The Collections of Edith Head, Phyllis Diller and Lorna Luft

SALE DATES: March 26th thru APRIL 4th

HOLLYWOOD –  A Collection of Edith Head’s costumes and original sketches designed for Hollywood’s greatest stars of the Golden Era will be sold in conjunction with the collections of Phyllis Diller and Lorna Luft on www.JulienEntertainment.com.  JulienEntertainment.com is proud to present this unparalleled collection of memorabilia from three Hollywood legends.  The sale showcases close to 500 items to be sold without reserve. 

Famed comedian Phyllis Diller is personally offering over 150 items which showcase her signature style and celebrate her 50 years in show business.  Judy Garland’s daughter, Lorna Luft, is sharing a group of over 40 costumes created for the Emmy award winning television special “Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.”  The special won an unprecedented five Emmy awards, including  Judy Davis’ Emmy for her portrayal of Judy Garland in this special.  

The sale will also included more than 300 pieces from Edith Head’s personal collection, which she gave to her friend and colleague June Van Dyke, and have remained in the Van Dyke family until this time. 

See the rest of the press release at: http://www.julienentertainment.com/Auctions/Garland/Press/ladies_press.htm

There's lot to explore on the e-bay auction.

 FIDM - The Art of Motion Picture costume Design - 2004 exhibit

bulletThe FIDM Galleries in Los Angeles have an amazing display of this last year's movie costumes
bulletWe've got a detailed write-up, check out our special event page.
bulletFebruary 2 - April, 2004, 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 
bulletFree to all
bullet www.fashionmuseum.org  for their website.
bulletSpecial LOTR Costume Gather
bulletLOTR Costume is going on Feb 28, 2004.  Here's our schedule.  Please RSVP

George Washington's Valentine Ball

bulletDinner then English Country dance.
bullet "If George Washington had given a Valentine's Day Ball, this is how it would have been."
bulletInfo: www.EnglishCountryDancing.org , $30, All Saints Episcopal Church Hall, Riverside
bulletFeb 14, 2004 , dinner at 6, then  dance until 11pm

Social Daunce Irregulars Spring  Ball

bulletPasadena Scottish Rite Hall
bulletInfo: http://www.lahacal.org/sdi.html , tickets $25, may be purchased on line.
bulletUpcoming balls:
bulletSpring Ball, March 13, 2004
bulletTo add to the ambiance, we suggest, but do not insist that our patrons wear the formal attire or military uniforms (any nation) of the 19th Century

Korean Costume Exhibit at the Pacific Asian Museum

"The year 2003 marks the centennial of Korean immigration to the United States. To celebrate this important anniversary, Pacific Asia Museum is hosting a major exhibition of Korean costumes, from the National Folk Museum of Korea. Korean Costumes through the Ages will be the first exhibition of its kind in Southern California to trace the development of Korean dress, or hanbok, from the Three Kingdoms Period (1st century BC- AD 668) to the modern period."

bulletInfo: http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/ , 46 N. Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, 626-449-2642
bullet November 1, 2003 - Feb 1, 2004, Wed-Sunday

  LA Costume Gather - 2004
with LOTR Costume

Come play with the Lord of the Ring Costume group for a loosely structured weekend of fun on Oscar weekend (the last weekend in February.)

We will have tours of the LA garment district and of the FIDM Movie costume display.  Also join us for the evening parties that weekend that includes things from dinners, to a "hall of fire" Tolkien evening, a "lite" masquerade, and multiple Oscar Parties.

Check out the schedules:

bullet LA Costume Gather - 2004
bulletInto the West

Into the West

Two nights of Tolkien inspired fun and costume events held at the Hollywood Athletic Club.  February 28 and 29, 2004.  (Yes, this is what the Costume Gather folks are doing in the evening.)  Head to http://www.intothewest.net for separate tickets for both events.  Dress suggestions for both events are listed <here>.

bulletSaturday night "Hall of Fire" is an evening of Tolkien inspired entrainment.  Tickets $20
bulletThis will include a "lite" masquerade.
bulletSunday night is an Oscar Watching party.  (This was created by various groups after the TORn party sold out so quickly..  Tickets, which include dinner and parking are $60.

Costume Academy

The Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild has just announced Costume Academy, a one day, multi-workshop event on Sunday, March 14th in Berkeley, Calif.. Basically, there are three time slots with three classes in each -- you take one class per time slot, so a total of three classes in one day.

The class topics include pattern drafting and draping, trimming (buttons, embroidery and ribbon flowers), hair pieces and ear prosthetics, Victorian practical and decorative pleating, and an overview on 18th c. quilted petticoats.

Should be excesses of fun -- cost is $45 members (inc. ICG members)/$50 non-members. Lots more info, include sign-up info, is available at:




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