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 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.
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A few weeks after its initial publication, we post Cactus
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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.
April 26, 2015, 10 AM – Silver Satin* SWCG
workshop at Tasha’s
May 9, 2015 – Daddy O’s Desert
Caravan Open Belly Dance & Drum Circle at
Daddy O’s, SE Corner of 43rd Avenue and
Thunderbird, Phoenix. This is one of our own Paula’s
performance venues. All shows start at 6:30 PM. This month’s
theme is “Retro Rockabilly” https://www.facebook.com/DaddyOsDesertCaravanBellydanceDrumCircle
May 15-18, 2015 – Costume-Con 33 “Buccaneers, Belles & Bootleggers” at the Charleston Plaza Hotel in
May 28-31, 2015 –
May 31, 2015 – Lep Prep* SWCG meeting at Tasha’s place. Discuss plans for the annual LepreCon SF convention.
June 4-7, 2015 – Fangirls by Manda Leigh Blunt at the Brelby Theater, S of SEC
June 13, 2015 – Daddy O’s Desert Caravan Open Belly Dance & Drum Circle at Daddy O’s, SE Corner of 43rd Avenue and Thunderbird, Phoenix. This is one of our own Paula’s performance venues. All shows start at 6:30 PM. This month’s theme is “Folkloric Fest” https://www.facebook.com/DaddyOsDesertCaravanBellydanceDrumCircle
2015 – LepreCon
SWCG meeting at the LepreCon SF convention. Details to
2015 – Highlands
July 19, 2015 – Aquatic Costumers* SWCG social at Castle Cady Classic. Our annual pool party. Theme and other details to be announced.
SWCG hosted Costume-Con 30 on May
11-14, 2012 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. Check out
Richard Man's images from the event at http://www.rfman.com/SF-and-Fantasy-Conventions/Costume-Con-30 .
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 Jean Palmer
Vice President Mahala Sweebe
Treasurer 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 15, 2015 by Randall Whitlock.