Thought for a lifetime

Einstein made the very important observation that " Imagination is more important than knowledge ".

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Red Carpet at The Time Traveler's Gala

Costumer's Guild West, Inc. began Costume College in 2006.
It has only taken me 8 years to finally attend the four night and three day extravaganza
that was July 31 to August 3 in Los Angeles !

There were parties, classes, exhibits, marketplace, photo gallery, 
portrait studio, tours and epic people watching.

And the people watching not to be missed was the red carpet 
leading to the Saturday night gala...

the party of parties; the Time Traveler's Gala.

The party had sold out months earlier and every guest was dressed impeccably.

Straight from the pages of Little Women ?

What is amazing is that almost every garment is made by the attendees 
after intense research to be as period accurate as possible.

Where is boarding for the Titanic ?

From their hats to their shoes to their hair to the haberdashery, 
they brought costume history to life.

George Washington is our friend.

looking for the Gangs of New York
 Not everyone went for strict historical references.
Humor and imagination were also on display.

Nightmare Before Christmas...after Christmas, during Christmas ??
And how fun would it be to actually find a kindred spirit 
who also enjoys becoming someone else for an evening.

In person she really resembled Queen Elizabeth, right down to the wave.

There were also a couple astonishing look a-likes...

Her resemblance to Wallis Simpson was amazing

No idea who he is or what type of soldier, but he made a big impression.

A continuos parade of delightful, amazing sewing skills.

Do not ignore the fantastic hairpieces and hats !

A hobbit ?
And all hundred+ guests had fun being the center of attention.
Some guests had extra fun...

Ready for her close-up

Has anyone seen my friend Mary Poppins ?

A subtle advertisement for their wig business *note ad on top of their heads LOL
Everyone had a GREAT time watching AND walking the red carpet 
to the Time Traveler's Gala 
at the 2014 Costume College

Cavalcade of Costumes at Costume College 2014

The Costume College experience just kept getting better and better.

 I was already in shock and awe at the fabulous costumes seen randomly 
 wandering about at Costume College, then there was also
 The Cavalcade of Costume Exhibit

A banquet room full of dozens of complete costumes and accessories.
Many, many created by Costume Guild members and many items historical artifacts.

Every item had a wonderful description and the collections were amazing.

So many fantastic vintage hats that I actually got a little giddy :)

The garments were delightfully period correct right down to the shoes.

 Unless it was a complete fantasy outfit.
The imagination and techniques used in the fantasy outfits were impressive.

This collection and exhibit of historical, fantastical and imaginative costumes was almost... overwhelming.

I easily took 100 pictures to try and capture the creativity, beauty and wonder of this exhibit.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Costume College 2014

The real focus and benefit of attending Costume college is the 
AMAZING quantity and variety of classes.

There were 50 classes to choose from on Friday,
50 different classes to choose from on Saturday
and Sunday another 56 unique costuming classes.

Numerous classes had limited enrollment and pre-registration is required. 
These classes also had a limit to the number of students allowed to enroll.

However, there are also dozens of classes that did not require any pre-registration 
and were open to all.

The 10 classes that I succeeded in attending over my two days at Costume College were all terrific. 

Mr. Perry Bret Ash shared his tips on making ruffs while wearing a very accurate historical costume.
( yes, that's a codpiece )

A handsome ruff that was worn around the neck.

One of my favorite classes was a limited enrollment class on Mucha Headdresses 
taught by Jessica Cohen.
 Students brought their own supplies and the results were pretty fantastic.


Laura Rubin looked like she stepped out of 
Vermeer's famous Girl with the Pearl Earring painting 
while she taught how to create a sturdy leather thimble.


Jess Miller demonstrated on students her tips and experience on creating masks from plaster bandages

And I attended a fascinating lecture on La Chemise a la Reine given by Sarah Lorraine.
The chemise really became notoriously popular by Marie Antoinette. 
Sarah is focusing on the chemise for her PhD so the depth and range of her knowledge was 
mind boggling interesting.

And honestly just as interesting as the classes were the wonderful outfits worn randomly by students.

You never knew what era or silhouette would walk by.

And some of the costumes were fantasy figures that are well loved.  
Hello Little Mermaid.

Hello White Rabbit

And some of the costumes were just fantastically original ( or I just didn't know the character ).

Attending Costume College has been a goal for a few years 
and I am deliriously happy I finally made it.

The class selection was incredible and covered an amazing assortment of topics.

I definitely hope to attend Costume College 2015.
But, I think I will always prefer making costumes to wearing costumes.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Chalk One Up to Chalk Paint

Somewhere I read about an amazing
new paint product called Chalk Paint.
The article claimed the paint adhered to any type of surface
with no primer necessary.
The next time I was strolling along Cedros Ave in Solano Beach, CA
one of my most favorite, funky stores had a sign in the window;
" We have chalk paint "
I went right in and purchased small containers of the primary colors.

The shop owner loves this stuff and had A LOT of wooden and upholstered furniture she had painted with the chalk paint. The brand she loves is 

CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paint

The paint is made from clay, porcelain clay and chalk.
It comes in a huge variety of colors.
No chemicals or VOC or odor.
And is water based so clean up is easy, breezy.

I purchased a leather belt at a thrift store to test this wonder paint.
A belt bends and endures a lot of surface friction.
If the chalk paint didn't crack, flake or rub off then that would be...
pretty wonderful!

I just started painting random doodles and quickly realized the colors do not mix well.
Mixed colors were very muddy with a brown undertone.
Definitely better to buy the colors you want; but, I was happy with my red, yellow and blue.

I also embellished with  green and purple fabric paint pens.

The look wasn't quite what I wanted so I got a black fabric pen and did some outlining.

When I had doodled my way across the entire belt I sealed the paint with an 
aerosol leather shoe stain repellent and let dry for hours.

Front View
The amazing chalk paint adhered beautifully in one coat,
It's not cracking, flaking or rubbing off.

Back view
My plain leather thrift store belt is now Cinderella and ready for the ball !