Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. (CGW) is a 501c3, non-profit, volunteer-operated, educational organization dedicated to the art of costuming.  We welcome all levels and styles of costumers, whether professional or hobbyist; novice, or master. We are here to encourage, nurture, and educate those who are creating and researching costuming arts including but not exclusive to historical dress, cosplay, and entertainment costuming, all encompassed in a safe and supportive environment.

Located in sunny Southern California, our vision is to fill an educational void and encourage hands-on learning in all aspects of the art of costuming. We host lectures and workshops throughout the year; along with tours of costume exhibits and various costumed social events. Our annual conference, Costume College® is three days of lectures and workshops dedicated to all things costuming. 


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The Benefits of Membership

We offer many exciting opportunities and benefits to membership!  Included are:

  • Monthly access to Squeals, CGW's newsletter;
  • Discounted rates for ticketed CGW sponsored events, including Costume College®;
  • Discounts on events offered by our Sister Organizations;
  • Research access to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) Museum’s Collection including the Helen Larsen Exhibit;
  • Access to Members Only content on this website.


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Costume College® 2022

CGW’s annual three-day costuming arts conference. Costume College is a welcoming and non-competitive environment where attendees share and disseminate information/skills.
We are looking forward to returning to an in-person event, Thursday, July 28 - Monday, August 1, 2022.

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