Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. (CGW) is a 501(c)(3), 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:

  • Access to Squeals and The Broadsheet CGW's official digital newsletters;
  • Discounts for CGW’ events;
  • 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® 2024

CGW’s annual three-day costuming arts conference. Costume College is a welcoming and non-competitive environment where attendees share and disseminate information/skills.
Costume College 2024 will be held Thursday, July 18 - Monday, July 22, 2024 at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel.

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