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Old news bits 2005

summary only of some of the highlights

If you're looking for current costuming news, check out News Flash!

LosCon 32 - A Space Operetta  - by LASFS

A weekend of Science Fiction and Fantasy.  Panels, discussions, readings, meet the authors. Evening events including dances: regency and rock.   A masquerade, hall costume, Saturday evening costume party.

Come and play.  As we get the costuming schedule we will post the info.

We're going to have a Costumer's party on Saturday night!  Come join us.  Room number will be posted on the flyers.   This is the first time in a number of years, don't miss out.  If you can, bring costume friendly munchies.

bulletInfo: http://www.loscon.org/
bulletLAX Marriott Hotel, 5855 W. Century Blvd, Los Angeles
bulletNovember 25-27, 2005 - Thanksgiving weekend,
bulletMain SF local masquerade for Los Angeles.
bulletSat, November 26, 2005 at 8:00
bulletHeld on the Saturday night of the convention.
bulletEnter or just volunteer to work it.
bulletFor more information about the Costumer's Party on Saturday night after the masquerade please contact Joyce at joyfulbs@prodigy.net .

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs

It has been 27 years since the exhibit of the golden boy king as been in Los Angeles.  "The extensive exhibition includes more than 130 treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun, other Valley of the Kings tombs and additional ancient sites.   ... see 50 major objects excavated from Tutankhamun’s tomb, including his royal diadem — the gold crown discovered encircling the head of the king’s mummified body that he likely wore while living — and one of the gold and precious stone inlaid canopic coffinettes. More than 70 objects from other royal graves of the 18th Dynasty (1555 B.C.-1305 B.C.) will also be showcased. "

The Boone Children's Gallery will be having "The Pharaohs's World" running concurrently.

bulletInfo: http://www.kingtut.org or  www.LACMA.org or 323-857-6000  
bulletExhibit runs from June 16 - November 15, 2005
bulletThe Los Angeles County Museum of Art: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, LA.
bulletSpecial tickets are required for this event.
bullet$25 - M-F, $30 S/S adults, $22 - M-F, $27 S/S seniors and students, $15 children 6-17, under 6 free.

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival

The new Queen Mary Art Deco Festival, presented by the RMS Queen Mary Foundation in association with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles.    Period life music, lectures, silent auctions, Sunday brunch, tea, art deco bazaar, special tours and more.

The proceeds from all activities will benefit conservation and restoration of the impressive collection of original art aboard the 1936 ocean liner.

bulletInfo: 562) 435-3511 or http://www.queenmary.com/
bulletSeptember 2-5, 2005, labor day weekend
bulletfestival admission: $31 for adults, other items have separate pricing or there are packages available.  Discounts for senior/military/children.
bulletArt Deco attire is encouraged.

Rocky Horror Picture Show - 30th Anniversary at the Hollywood Bowl

Loose you inhibitions. If you think that RHPS is crazy in a theater full of screaming participants... you ain't seen nothing yet.  This year the anniversary head to the Hollywood Bowl.

 "Whoop it up at the world's largest time warp for this cult classic's 30th birthday.  The outrageous rock & roll musical will feature full audience participation and real time staging by Long Beach's Midnight Insanity in front of the Bowl's 70-foot superscreen. 

bulletInfo: http://www.midnightinsanity.com/AboutMI/Theme.htm
bulletSeptember 3, 2005, Pre-show 6:00, Movie 7:30
bulletTickets: $1 - $60 -  at ticketmaster or www.hollywoodbowl.com
bulletMature audiences only.  No one under 17 without parent or guardian.
bulletIf you don't have a full costume, at least wear lingerie .
bulletFind out everything you need to know about the Rocky Horror Picture Show by starting at the offical site and surfing the wide world from there.

Dressing A Galaxy, the Exhibit --  6 movies of Star Wars Costumes

The fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Museum & Galleries in Los Angeles will host an exhibit showcasing the inspired costume design from all six films of the Star Wars saga, including Revenge of the Sith. Called Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars, the exhibit will feature over 100 costumes, sketches, and ephemera highlighting the work of Costume Designer Trisha Biggar.

bulletInfo: FIDM Museum & Gallery, 919 S. Grand, LA;
bulletSeptember 19, 2005 - December 10, 2005 - 7 days a week
bulletSpecial info from FIDM
bullet1. Photography will be allowed. NO FLASH. NO TRIPODS.
bullet2. Sketching will be allowed, space permitting. (In both cases, if the galleries get too crowded, Security may need to ask people to move on.)
bullet3. There are no special opening events for costume folks. We are expecting 100,000 to 200,000 visitors over the three months this exhibition is open. Tickets are required, and may be obtained for a nominal fee through our website, www.starwars.fidm.edu . This website has volumes of information about the exhibition, including maps, parking, public transportation, etc.
bullet4. Folks visiting in costume are more than welcome. The only limitation is nothing that looks like a weapon will be permitted in the galleries, and we do not have anywhere to check bags.
bulletAccessibility: wheal chair accessible... plenty wide to look and not block traffic.  Also, they have now put a couple of benches inside so if you can pace yourself even if you have trouble walking.
bulletSpecial Days:
bullet Costume Gather - October 15th:
bulletFIDM Star Wars tour,
bulletGarment District Pillage, dinner
bulletFan Day - October 9:
bulletCostumed Star Wars Fans from the 501st (Darth Vader, Storm Troopers, Boba Fett) and Rebel Legion will be on hand for photos and answering questions.
bulletGood day to wear your costume

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

Exhibit showcasing " the beauty, wonder and weirdness of women's fashions from Victorian times to Post World War II dreams.."  These  fashions are on loan from the Theodore Gonzales collection.  Note: no photography allowed.


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


Saturday and Sundays, August 13-October 30 – 12:00 to 4:00


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

Movie Costume Auction - Star Wars & More

Profiles in History's next auction is Friday, July 20, 2005 at 11am in Beverly Hills.  Featured are over 85 items from Gary Kurtz's personal Star Wars collection.  The auction  features over 400 items from film, television and music, both vintage and modern. 

You can download their whole catalog now.  Just a few teases: Original light sabers from Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford's leather jacket from Indiana Jones, numerous outfits and props from the different Star Trek series, Planet of the Apes (old and new) masks and costumes,  original Battlestar Galactica, , Alien, Aliens, 2010, Gostbusters,  X files, Munsters, Buffy,  Gilligan's Island, Radar's teddy bear and cap from MASH as well as their hometown sign... and the list goes on.

Estimated price is listed in the catalog.  While some items are going to go for more than a new Rolls Royce, there are some in the $200-$500 range.  Though sometimes you can get a killer deal.  Also check their e-bay section where their more reasonably priced items are.

For those of you who are broke, their catalog is still a great source for reference pictures.  Either download it or purchase a hard copy.

Auction located at 110 N Doheny Dr, Beverly Hills, previews by appointment only.  310-859-7701.

Costume College - 2005

bulletA weekend of costume classes - lectures to workshops, an evening gala dinner and a fantasy tea. Pre-registration required.
bulletCostumer's Marketplace entry is free - lots of good shopping
bulletJuly 29- 31, 2005
bulletSponsored by the Costumer's Guild West

San Diego Costumer's Guild Flea Market

bulletA great chance to clean out your closets... or alternatively pick up some wonderful treasures of fabric, trims, accessories, costumes, vintage clothing.
bulletSunday July 10th, 2005, 10am-3pm
bulletAddress: 4376 Benhurst Ave (off Governor Dr & Cozzens St) in San Diego

Comic-Con International 

bulletJuly 14-17,  2005, 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

bulletJuly 8, 2005, Annual
bulletHenry Fonda Music Box Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd.
bulletMasquerade dance
bulletCostume required or formal dress and mask
bulletInfo: http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com

  Images of Fashion from the Court of Louis XIV

"This exhibition—consisting of rare bound books, costume accessories, and extraordinary textiles from LACMA’s permanent collection—focuses on a new acquisition, an exceedingly important folio of 190 colored engravings, Bonnart et Berain, Recueil des modes de la cour de France, dating from 1678-1693. Louis XIV (1643-1715) and his finance minister, Colbert, authorized fashion plates to promote French luxury goods and French culture. The images from the LACMA folio, which are among the first fashion plates, represent men and women from the court of Louis XIV as “trendsetters,” wearing the latest fashions and determining the most current taste in clothes."

bulletInfo: www.LACMA.org or 323-857-6000  
bulletExhibit runs from March 12 - June 26, 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

Upcoming exhibit at LACMA: Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs June 16 - November 15, 2005

  Tutu.Com Costuming Seminars and Workshops for the West Coast

Tutu.com is bringing their wonderful workshops to Irvine.  There are a full set of hands on classes this July 1-July 11, 2005.  They will taught at the Embassy Suites in Irvine California.  Workshops include Classical Tutu Making (beginning and advance), Bodice Patterning and Design, Jeweled Tierra Making, Lycra sewing, as well as various design and embellishment courses.

Check their website for detail registration details and options.  Book early since the classes are very limited in attendance.  There are discounts for enrolling in multiple classes.   Sewing experience required.

 Shakespeare at The Huntington Library

A day of drama, comedy, music, dance and family festival of fun in the garden.  Roving actors from "Shakespeare at Play", actors from the "Guild of St George", period music by "Southern California Early Music Consort"

bulletInfo: Huntington Library , http://www.huntington.org/ , 626-405-2100
bulletSunday, April 24, 2005, 10:30-4:30
bullet1151 Oxford Rod, San Marino
bulletAll activities includes with museum admittance price, $15, adults, $12, seniors, $6 youth, members, free as always.

  Tolkien Forever's Web site opens

Want to keep up with LOTR Events in California??? A lot of the events that Tolkien Forever participates in are Costumed.  Their web site provides links to their yahoo group and calendar.

Hall of Fire

The Tolkien Forever fan club presents a party of fun, food and fellowship.  Entertainment, art, costumes suggested for all but not required.  Potluck.

bulletinfo: http://www.tolkienforever.net
bulletApril 16, 2005  5-10pm
bulletDavise Hall at Farnsworth Park, 568 E. Mount Curve, Ave., Altadena
bulletPotluck.  Donation requested. 
bulletPlease RSVP at their yahoo group <here>

Also upcoming in April, a Make-a-wish costumed charity event and visits to a couple of Ren Faires.

Tolkien Forever is the Southern California  chapter of the Official Lord of the Rings Fan club, and an Official Smial of the Tolkien Society

Whitaker Vintage Clothing & Textile Sale

Just a quick excerpt from their PR blurb... even if you're not bidding, check it out - March 31-April 2, 2005 - New Hope, PA

bulletI am preparing the catalog for the twice-yearly Whitaker Vintage Clothing & Textile Sale that will next be held March 31 to April 2nd in New Hope, PA. The sales are made up of consignments from museums, institutional collections and select estates and are usually attended by serious costume collectors, designers, vintage clothing dealers and museum curators.
bulletThe spring sale will also include thousands of items that may be of major interest to its members. We have been selected by the Elizabeth Shroeder estate to sell her 50+ year textile, trim, button, buckle and beading collection in its entirety.
bulletI've tried to photograph as many of these items as possible before the sale but the sheer quantity only allows for a small sampling.
bulletThe sales are spread over three days with the lots of most interest to this group probably at Session 3 - Saturday April 2nd. The full catalogue of all the sessions can be found at the website  http://www.whitakerauction.com . Their are also twelve photo galleries with multiple close-ups of the pictured lots (Just click on the thumbnail images on the right). The lots that I think will be of most interest to this group will be in galleries six through nine.
bulletThere will also be a Discovery Sale on Friday evening following the costume sale. This 200+ lot sale will move very fast selling large textile lots, including many gems. Most information can be found at the site but feel free to address any other questions directly to me.

Bob Ross - bob@whitakerauction.com 

Jolie-Wood: A Tribute to Al Jolson

bulletInfo: http://www.jolson.org/ , $60 for dinner, dancing  and show, $30 show and dancing
bulletApril 16, 2005, 6pm
bulletThe Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn, Studio City
bulletMusic by Richard Halpern & Mora's Modern Rhythmists

13th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition

Once again FIDM is holding their fabulous display of movie costumes from the previous year.  It's a free exhibit in downtown Los Angeles in their 11000 sf display gallery.  Check out

bulletInfo: http://www.fashionmuseum.org/  FREE or
bulletDates: January 31, 2005 through April 23, 2005 (Closed March 25 through 27)
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00am until 4:00pm
bullet <click here> for more details and our plans for an exhibit gather and tour


Texuba one day only Kimono and Textile sale

3000 Vintage Kimono, Textiles, & Obi at great prices - $15 to $200! And an Ultra Supreme Selection of Wedding Kimono $300 & up

bulletONE DAY ONLY Sunday, April 3, 2005 10AM to 5PM
bulletFree Admission at the New Torrance location
bulletHoliday Inn, Gateway Ballroom, 19800 S. Vermont Ave, Torrance,
bullet www.texuba.com - click on the <LA Show> tab for more info

Jane Austen Evening

bulletAn "afternoon and evening of tea, discussion, gaming, supper and dance in the spirit  of the works of the estimable Miss Austen"
bulletInfo: http://www.lahacal.org/austen/ , tickets $25 for the dance, $35 for tea and dance
bulletSaturday January 22, 2005
bulletThroop Church, Pasadena
bulletAlso, dance class on Sunday Jan 16, $10, 3:30
bulletAttire suggestions <here>

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

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