As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, I’m going to Costume College 2016. CoCo (as it is called) isn’t actually college – it’s pretty much the biggest conference for costumers (particularly amateur-ish, historical-ish ones) around.
I’ve wanted to go to CoCo for years, but I’m in New Zealand, and it’s in LA, and that’s a long (aka expensive) way to go.* This year I was privileged enough to get a full scholarship to Costume College, and a really good deal on airplane flights to the US, which has made it possible.**
In addition to going to CoCo, I’d actually like to teach a couple of classes. I’ve brainstormed a few ideas, but I’m having a combination of tall-poppy-avoidance panic and ‘let’s have a brilliant idea’ induced brain blank (my brain is like a cat. Tell it to have a brilliant idea and it glares at me and turns its back and proceeds to wash between its toes with great dedication).
So, if you were going to a big Costume themed conference, with a variety of choices in hour-long classes, both large lecture-y ones, and small group ones focused on techniques, what, of all the things I’ve made or blogged about or mentioned or seemed to teach, would you most like to hear me talk about?
If you’ve been to CoCo, what are your favourite types of classes? What are you most likely to get excited about, or find useful later?
Some things I’ve thought about or have had suggested:
- Fabric Identification (including burn tests, if we’re allowed to do them in a hotel conference room!)
- Costuming & Cultural Appropriation: the fine (and not so fine) line between preserving & pillaging
- Fitting bodices
- Fashion in the furthest flung empires: making do without the mode in Colonial New Zealand
- Costuming groups: how to do it, and what to bring
- Living in a longline corset: what it’s like to be a WWI era housewife for a week.
Clearly I’m a bit all over the place at the moment! These ideas are all pretty rough, and need refining. I do have to keep in mind that I’m travelling and have a luggage allowance, so can’t do some of the classes I might do simply because I can’t bring 6 sample corsets.
I’d really love to hear your thoughts: people are often interested in things that I do so much that they are quite mundane to me. And I’d especially love to hear your thoughts if you’ve been to CoCo
And if you’re also coming to CoCo: YAY! Can’t wait to meet you there! Please come say hello!
*Also, it’s in LA in late July/August, and I’m not very good at heat, but that’s another story.
** Though I’m not totally out of discretionary income for the year, but hopefully it will be worth it!