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FIDM -- High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and Haute Couture

See over 100 haunt couture garments given by by International Best Dressed Hall of Fame icon Betsy Bloomingdale.  Over 65 ensembles, info on the process of creation, showcases her favorite designers, and examines her personal fashion style and lifestyle. Includes a video documentation.

bulletInfo:  http://www.fidm.edu/resources/museum+galleries   for their website and their pics from past exhibits.
bullet When:
bulletOctober 21, 2009 – December 13, 2009
bullet10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m, Wednesday - Sunday
bullet919 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
bulletFree to all.

Irving Thalberg: Creating the Hollywood Studio System, 1920-1936

The Academy recognizes legendary production executive Irving Thalberg (1899-1936) with a major gallery exhibition featuring unpublished photographs, enlightening documents, poster art, props and costumes from motion pictures overseen by Hollywood’s original “Boy Wonder.”  ... The exhibition includes portraits by George Hurrell and Clarence Bull of many of Thalberg’s stars.... Also on display will be costumes designed by Adrian and set designs by Cedric Gibbons.


Info: http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/exhibitions/2009/thalberg.html or (310) 247-3600.
bulletSeptember 17 through December 13, 2009
bulletOpen Tuesday - Friday from 10-5. & weekends Noon-6  Closed Thanksgiving Weekend
bulletAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy Foundation
bulletAcademy’s Fourth Floor Gallery
bullet18949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
bulletFree to all
bullet(Parking is always a challenge w/o a planned walk.  Sometimes available in front.  Handicapped is seldom available under the building, plan someone to help.)

The Gasfitter's Ball - A Steampunk Ball

Join a vast array of Victorian personalities from England and the far corners of the world. Dine on a fabulous dinner & dessert buffet by Affairs of Elegance. Dance to the live music brought to you by the Philadelphia Band & Promenade Orchestra. 

This year's Ball celebrates Steampunk, a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction that denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.

Also, attend a Steampunk workshop, Saturday October 17, 2009 , RSVP

bulletInfo: http://www.coliserv.net/ccobs/ball-2009/gas2009.html 
bulletSaturday, November 7, 2009
bulletTickets: start at $75 in advance, $85 at the door.
bulletWoman's Club of South Pasadena,
bullet1424 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena
bullet This is a costume only event for adults.  Steampunk or costumes of the era requested.  Please attend the Ball in a costume befitting the rank and station of any Sherlockian or Canonical character... or as any historical or fictional character of that age

Los Angeles Opera Costume Shop Sale 

LA Opera is opening its overstuffed Costume Shop for its first ever costume sale, just in time for Halloween. The Costume Studio’s storage racks are bursting at the seams, and the company is selling more than 2500 costume pieces to create more room for its ever-growing production repertoire. Pieces for sale will include everything ranging from complete “merry peasant” and “medieval courtier” costumes to individual pieces such as capes, hats, shoes and fans. Highlights of the collection will include a number of “diva dresses,” stunning hand-crafted gowns worn by LA Opera’s leading ladies.

bulletInfo: http://www.laopera.com or <detail>
bulletSaturday, October 10, 2009, from 10am to 6pm
bulletLA Opera’s Costume Shop parking lot
bullet330 South Alameda Street, Los Angeles

Profile in History Movie Memorial Auction

Two days of auctions of movies costumes, props and memorabilia. Full outfit for The Terminator, Freddy Kruger, Star Trek costumes from TOS to the movie series, Planet of the Apes, Back to the Future, Headless Horseman. Classics include Ben Hur, Jane Eyre, Gown With the Wind.   Props from Roswell, Star Wars, Transformers.  Originals from Michael Jackson, Harry Houdini, Amelia Earhart,  Neil Armstrong, Gus Grissom, Roy Rogers (Costumes on day 2.)  The whole catalog may be downloaded from a pdf.

bulletInfo: http://www.profilesinhistory.com/ or icollector details
bulletThursday & Friday, October 8-9, 2009
bulletPreviews are by appointment only

Fangoria Horror Auction - Premier Props

Premiere Props will be hosting a live auction of  horror-themed movie props, including super hero costumes from classic horror movies.  Rare costumes and props from fan favorites including Halloween II, Resurrection & 6, Freddy vs. Jason, Nightmare on Elm Street, Jeepers Creepers,  Obsessed, My Bloody Valentine, Midnight Meat, The Collector, Sorority Row and  many more!

Proceeds will benefit the Entertainment Industry Foundation.  Live auction presented by Fangoria..

bulletInfo: http://www.premiereprops.com/ or ICollector detail
bulletAuction Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009
bulletPremier Props Warehouse
bullet128 Sierra Street, El Segundo

 For San Diego costumers...

Starlight Theatre Costume and Prop Sale

Selling off some of their costumes, just in time for Halloween. Full range of sizes for adults, Vintage, Zombies, Ethnic, Uniforms, Characters, Dumb & Dumber Tuxedos, Matching Sets (great for dancing!), Shoes, Hats, Furs, Sewing Patterns, Road Boxes

bulletInfo: http://www.starlighttheatre.org/ or 619.232.7827
bulletSaturday, October 3, 2009 -  9:00 A.M. - 5 P.M.
bulletThe Starlight Theatre in Balboa Park (on the stage)
bullet2005 Pan American Plaza, San Diego

The San Diego Costume Guild is holding its annual Swap and Sell Yard Sale.

Hey there all you Steampunkers! Here's your opportunity to get clothing and accessories quickly and cheap! The San Diego Costume Guild is holding its annual Swap and Sell Yard Sale. What kind of things will you find? Everything from full costumes and vintage clothing covering Renaissance, Victorian, Antebellum, Western,  Edwardian and 20th Century periods, to accessories, jewelry and books!

Last year, we had over 15 sellers, and you could buy suits for $10, vests for $3, goggles for $5 and toy guns for $1!!

bulletInfo:  http://sdcg.angelfire.com/
bulletSaturday, October 10, 2009  - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (no early birds)
bullet4376 Benhurst Ave, San Diego

Pyrate Daze

This event is a mix of Pirates and Steam Punk. Vendors, evening masquerade dinner with a live performances with Abney Park 

During the day there's also the Pyro show.. The American Pride Tall
Ship will be broadsiding the Queen Mary. They're looking for
participants... check the website for more details on being scurvy.

bulletInfo: http://www.pyratedaze.com
bulletSeptember 19 & 20, 2009
bulletat the Queen Mary, Long Beach
bullet$80 for the weekend, which includes the dinner and concert, $20 daily tickles w/o the evening stuff.

Annual Baggins' Birthday Picnic
     & Hall of Fire

Open to any & all Lord Of the Rings fans

Bring your favorite LOTR games, fan art or acoustic musical instruments, a blanket to spread out, and enjoy an afternoon of food and fellowship with fellow LOTR fans. Costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be bestowed upon the most beautifully or most creatively attired lads and ladies. There will also be fun and games, as usual, and maybe even the traditional impersonation contest. There will be lots of wonderful prizes to be won.

Food: Pot-luck; please bring some picnic food to share (a bucket of fried
chicken, sandwiches, potato salad, cole slaw, fruit, veggies & dip, etc.) or soft-drinks,
ice, a cooler, desserts, etc. Alcohol is not permitted in the Park.  Please RSVP food.

bulletInfo: http://www.theonering.net/ or detail here
bulletSaturday, September 26th, 2009  <-- revised date
bulletLocation: Griffith Park, the east end
near the Merry-Go-Round
bulletNoon, ending around 5PM
bulletCostumes are encouraged


Hall of Fire

A more intimate evening LOTR gathering in Glendora.  Music, eats, entertainment, costumes.  "Tolkien Forever."

bulletOctober 10, 2009 
bulletCheck Tolkien Forever group for more details and to sign up in their database.
bullet http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/Tolkien_Forever/  to ask questions and meet the locals.
bulletThey're still looking for folks to decorate area pavilions.
bullet Must RSVP this event to get the address


FIDM - 4nd Annual Art of Outstanding Television Costume Design Exhibition

bulletThe Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the FIDM Museum & Galleries jointly present the exhibition, showcasing a retrospective of television's most memorable costume designs from the past and present.  Featured will be work from this year's Emmy nominations.
bulletInfo:  http://www.fidm.edu/resources/museum+galleries   for their website and past exhibits.
bulletJuly 29- September 6, 2009, 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. Wednesday - Sunday. Closed Labor Day Weekend.
bullet919 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
bulletFree to all

Tickets to the Twenties Weekend

A weekend of adventure, discovery, and fun await you at the Homestead Museum's celebration of the Roaring Twenties! Celebrate the Roaring Twenties as you enjoy music, dance demonstrations and lessons, crafts, vintage automobiles, historic house tours, and tasty food during BOTH days of the festival, and note some of the special performers and activities that differ from day-to-day.

bulletInfo: http://www.homesteadmuseum.org
bulletJuly 18-19, 2009
bulletHomestead Museum
bullet15415 East Don Julian Road, City of Industry
bullet1920's dress is encouraged.

1800's Country Fair and Loggers' Jubilee - Big Bear & Grand Mask Ball

The Big Bear Valley Renaissance Society, Inc. and the Old Miners Association are delighted to announce the 1800's Country Fair and Loggers Jubilee at their permanent site on the north shore of Big Bear Lake!

Hosted in the lovely little town of Fawnskin, the event will showcase the entire nineteenth century, including Victoriana, pioneers, the wild west, old miners, loggers, and the American civil war. Come prepared to encounter literary characters and authors, historical figures, shoot outs in the streets, arrests and judgments from the "hangin' judge." There will be period entertainment and games. The Loggers Jubilee competitions, featuring everything from pole-climbing to tomahawk throwing to chainsaw events and more, will be open to the general public.

While not all visitors come in costume, a great many do. The site will be set up to cover both American Old West and English Victorian with vendors and five stage's worth of entertainment of both as well as performers

bulletInfo: http://www.fawnskinvictorian.com/  or  (909) 585-7825
bulletSaturday and Sunday, July 18-19, 2009,  11am - 6pm
bulletOn day tickets $15,  Kids 6-12/ seniors/ military, $12, kids under 5 free, weekend passes available
bulletBig Bear Lake's North Shore
bulletPedersen's Mill, 39115 Rim of the World, Fawnskin
bulletFree parking and shuttle

Dressed in Color: The Costumes

The exhibition examines the important aspects of costume design for color films from the 1940s through the 1960s, and includes costumes from such well-known films as "The Great Race" (1965), costume worn by Natalie Wood, costume design by Edith Head and Donfeld; and "My Fair Lady" (1964), costume worn by Audrey Hepburn, costume design by Cecil Beaton, who won Oscars® for both Color Costume Design and Color Art Direction for the film.  Reproductions of costume design drawings from the holdings of the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library will also be on display.


Info: http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/exhibitions/2009/dressedincolor.html or 310) 247-3600.

bulletDecember 1, 2008 - May 2, 2009
bulletSaturdays, noon to 6 , ONLY  (and when the theatre is open for other events)
bulletLinwood Dunn Theater Foyer
bulletPickford Center for Motion Picture Study,
bullet1313 Vine Street, Hollywood
bulletParking in back, display area in front

Lawless Los Angeles: A Living History Tour at Homestead Museum

How were crime and punishment handled in early Los Angeles? And how did things change by the Roaring Twenties? Speak with living history characters from the 1870s and 1920s to find out.

Hour-long tours are free, but reservations are recommended (space is limited for each tour) and can be made starting February 14.

bulletInfo: http://www.homesteadmuseum.org/calendar/
bulletMay 30-31, 2009
bullet1-5pm, once an hour
bulletHomestead Museum
bullet15415 East Don Julian Road, City of Industry
bulletFree—but bring spending money for food and shopping

FIDM - The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum & Galleries jointly present the exhibition, showcasing the year's most memorable costume designs from the movies of the past year..  The Academy Award nominated costumes will be featured.

bulletInfo:  http://www.fidm.edu/resources/museum+galleries   for their website and their pics from past exhibits.
bullet When:
bulletWednesday, January 28 - Sunday, March 29, 2009
bullet10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m, Wednesday - Sunday
bulletCheck out ACS's extra info on the movies and pics.
bulletFree to all.
bulletNo cameras allowed.

Star Trek The Tour

Forty years of imagination, artistry and meticulous craftsmanship that together have made the Star Trek legacy  history. This is the largest collection of artifacts, sets and information ever put on public display. A large array of exhibits, featuring sets, costumes, museum pieces and props from all five Star Trek television series and ten Star Trek feature films.  Check out the virtual tour description,

Detailed tour description,  

bulletTour will also visit aprox 20 other North American cities over the next 5 years.
bulletInfo: http://www.startrek.com/custom/include/community/tour/  & http://www.startrektickets.com/

 A Night of Decadence Masquerade Ball

Be like shadows and spirits of the house, in elegance, grace and style.  Wear your most elegant finery or costume.  Masks provided.

Four course menu, wine champagne.  Special entertainment by fortune tellers, palmists, jugglers.  International escape artist and magician Curtis Lovell II will be performing his close up wonders for diners and party goers from 8 pm to midnight at the Code Restaurant and Lounge.

bulletInfo: http://www.coderestaurant.com/nye.html or http://www.curtislovell.com/ or 949 660-0888
bulletCode Restaurant
bullet4221 Dolphin Striker Way, Newport Beach
bullet$125 (8pm seating), $75 (6pm seating), $40 (8pm bar only)

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