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Costume College 2019: Gala Gloriousness

Saturday at Costume College 2019 did not go to plan for me. Either because some attendees at the Friday Night Gala had been smoking pot and then hung out near me (migraine trigger), or because of the mysterious Marriott malady which has been plaguing Costume College for the last two years (significant numbers of attendees at CoCo reported unusual vertigo, headaches, breathing problems and nausea), or a combination of both, I spent the Saturday making friends with porcelain instead of people. Not only was I in bed feeling miserable, I missed a bunch of classes I was really excited about. Boo. I was determined not to miss Gala, and despite feeling quite green, and looking quite wan, and needing to be slightly safety-pinned in because my attempts to sew on the last few hooks needed to finish my outfit convinced me that trying to focus my eyes enough to sew was a BAD idea, I made it! Sort of. 3 hours of an event that goes on for 7+ hours counts, right? I missed the …

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Costume College 2019: Friday

I know that the Rate the Dress post is very overdue, but I also think that three Rate the Dress posts in a row is rather repetitive! So RTD is on hold for the week so you can enjoy some other content, like Costume College 2019! I had a lovely time at Costume College, but I’m also totally at peace with my decision not to go again. It’s no longer an event that’s focused on my interests, and I’d rather save my energy for local events, and conserving the environment. The best part, as always, was definitely seeing old friends, and making new ones. Here are some photos from the Friday Night Event. So many amazing outfits! I apologise that I haven’t tagged everyone: if you know someone’s blog or handle that I’ve missed, please let me know in the comments. And if I got a photo of you you’d like, if you leave a comment asking for it I’ll be able to see your email (no one else will) and can send it to …

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I’m coming to Costume College! (for the last time)

If you’re going to Costume College 2019, and have read your class schedule in detail, you may have realised that I’m teaching (yay!), but also wondered why I haven’t mentioned it publicly, like I have in previous years. Yes, I’ll be at Costume College, and I’m very excited to see everyone, and to be teaching the following class: Body Ideals & Corsetry: 1900-1930 11-1 on Friday (not 3-5 as shown in the book) (and am very sad they didn’t pick the other class I offered them, on the history of the suffrage movement across the world, in all its form, and its complicated relationship with fashion, because that was going to be a great class, but ah well, more time to socialise and go to other people’s awesome classes). But going this year is also very bittersweet. Unless there is a huge (and completely unexpected and unpredicted) alteration in the global situation, it will be my last Costume College ever. Shortly after booking my tickets and registering for CoCo I realised how bad the climate …