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CGW Events

Make Your 1920s Dress Unique – CGW-at-Home 1920s Series

Make Your 1920s Dress Unique! with Diane Yoshitomi Few decades conjure the essence of unalloyed freedom and fun as do the 1920s, with its jazzy music and flirty fashions.  Join us as Diane Yoshitomi walks us through a cornucopia of 1920s fashions, via hundreds of illustrations from pattern catalogs of the day, to identify clever construction details and simple embellishments.  This 1-hour talk will include suggestions on fabric choices, simple pattern tweaks, and sources for...

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Didn’t They Just Wear Cloches? CGW-at-Home 1920s Series – Lecture with Mela Hoyt-Heydon

Come join Mela as she talks and shows you the different hats worn during the 1920’s: how the cloche changed shape and what hats were made from then. She will also show you a few ways to create a 1920s-looking hat without needing a millinery studio! A zoom link will be sent to participants ahead of the event. Cost: $5 CGW Members, $7 Non-Members. Register...

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Reminder: Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. Nomination for the 2020 CGW Board is closing soon!

For more information, please see our Election...

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CGW At-Home Retreat: Costume Catwalk

Sunday, August 2, 2020, Costume Retreat will host a Costume Catwalk, much like the Red Carpet from Costume College, but this will be online. If you would like to be featured in the Costume Catwalk, we’d love to have you! Please read the rules for submission carefully – If you don’t match the other submissions, we may not be able to add you into the video, and we would be so sad not to see your costume! Wear whatever costume you want! This can be what you had planned to wear to...

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Announcing: CGW At Home – Costume Retreat!

Dear CGW Member, We know that many of you have been sheltering at home these many months, and many of you face the likelihood of remaining at home for some time to come. We have good news!  We wanted to let you know about an online costume conference we have created called Costume Retreat, which will take place on August 1 and 2 (Saturday & Sunday), 2020. How does it work? The Event is 100% free and exclusive to Costumers Guild West members (and Sister Guild Members), and...

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Costumer’s Guild West – We Stand in Solidarity

Costumer’s Guild West, as a collaborative of costume enthusiasts, adamantly decries both the murder of George Floyd and the racist system that enabled his murder. We stand in solidarity with those who are protesting across the country to demand both accountability and justice. We are unequivocal in our statement that Black Lives Matter. There can be no equality or progress for the rights of all until these racist systems have been overcome. These events remind us that we have...

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