is a loose and informal educational society of persons interested in all facets of historical, cultural, science fiction, fantasy, and humor costume. Members are often seen on stage and behind the scenes at Science Fiction Convention masquerades, historical reenactment events, and theatre. SWCG is central Arizona's chapter of the International Costume Guild.
Southwest Costumers Guild has a "Yahoo Groups" e-mail discussion forum. Contact the webmaster for information on how to join.
SWCG members in good standing receive Cactus
Needles, our monthly newsletter, by mail or e-mail.
Regular contributors and newsletter editors from ICG chapters and allied organizations also receive Cactus Needles.
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A few weeks after its initial publication, we post Cactus
Needles to this web site for all to enjoy.
Usually, the Southwest Costumers Guild meets on the last Sunday of each month at a different member's home in the greater Phoenix area. This rule of thumb is often changed to avoid schedule conflict with other events. Guild business is followed by a demonstration or workshop by a guild member or an invited guest. Sometimes we cooperate on a costume project. Sometimes we just socialize. Special SWCG gatherings are sometimes held at science fiction conventions, street fairs, and other public events. E-mail the Webmaster for directions to meetings and events.
Here are some upcoming guild meetings and costume-related public events. E-mail the Webmaster if you know an event that should be on the calendar. A more detailed calendar is included in Cactus Needles.* Red Text indicates an SWCG activity. Unless otherwise noted, SWCG Meetings begin at 1:00 PM.
2-August 7, 2016 - Fifty Years of Fashion in
the Ellman Fashion Design Gallery and Orme Lewis Gallery of
Phoenix Art Museum, Central & McDowell. Featuring
than 50 works drawn from across the history of fashion, this
exhibition highlights masterworks and milestones of the
permanent collection. Providing insight into how the
treasures of the collection were acquired and formed an
internationally respected fashion archive, this exhibition
will feature a roster of world-class designers including
Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Chanel
alongside stunning historical works.
April 28 to May 26 (Thursdays) - 4-6 PM - Create Your Own Cosplay workshops at the Phoenix Burton Barr Public Library (SEC Central & Willetta Street) in the Mach 1 room on the 4th Floor. Ages 12-18. Sponsored by Phoenix ComiCon.
June 2-5, 2016 Phoenix ComiCon
July 8-10, 2015 Medieval Mayhem
Renaissance Faire at
July 16-17, 2015 Arizona Highland
Celtic Festival at
24, 2016 - Pool Social*
SWCG social at Castle Cady Classic. Our annual costumed
pool party. Theme to be announced.
24-25, 2016 Keen Halloween at the
Phoenix Convention Center.
We capture the best parts of your Halloween memories; bridging the gap between horror-based conventions and child-focused events, creating a new concept to celebrate Halloween every day. We provide entertainment, workshops, a maker's faire, and one-of-a-kind vendors for a fresh take on Halloween to people of all ages. https://www.facebook.com/events/1030865616987329/
October 15, 2015, Noon-4 PM LibraryCon 2016 at the Southeast Regional Library, 775 North Greenfield Road in Gilbert, AZ. https://www.facebook.com/librarycon
11-13, 2016 TusCon
April 20-24, 2017 Costume-Con 35 at the Hilton Mississaugua/Meadowvale, 6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga (near Toronto), Ontario, Canada http://costumecon35.com/
July 1-4, 2017 WesterCon 70 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. Guests include Julie Dillon, Larry Elmore, Gini Koch and Weston Ochse. www.westercon70.org
April, 2018 Costume-Con 36
March 22-25, 2019 - Costume-Con 37 at the Doubletree Boston North Shore hotel in Danvers, Massachussetts.
SWCG hosted Costume-Con
30 on May 11-14, 2012 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel.
Click the link to see some pictures from the "Sick Pups"
At the Arizona Renaissance Festival, February 2008.
Walking about the Glendale Glitters street fair in December, 2007.
A Duct Tape Mannequin is a useful tool for patterning
Mucking about in Victorian attire at CopperCon 25. A little image magic by Mike Cassidy shifts us to a more appropriate setting - a table setting.
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President Mahala Sweebe
Vice President Paula Lary
Treasurer and Newsletter Editor Tasha Cady
Secretary Randall Whitlock
Archivist Jean Palmer
Member Anna Caggiano shows how she built her
Galadriel gown at www.fivemilecreek.net/anna/anna.htm.
Check out member Nola Yergen's theatrical and film costumes
on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Design-By-Nola/128444573852616
Last updated April 17, 2016 by Randall Whitlock.