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.
Regular contributors and newsletter editors from ICG chapters and allied organizations also receive Cactus Needles.
Not getting your newsletter? Contact the Editor to make sure he has your current address.
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.
July 10-12, 2015 – Medieval Mayhem
Renaissance Faire at
July 10-12, 2015 –
July 10- Aug 1,
2015 - Beyond
Musketeers: Utopia Lost at Brelby Studio,
July 18-19, 2015 – Arizona Highland
Celtic Festival at
July 19, 2015, 2PM – Pool Toys* SWCG social at Castle Cady Classic This is our annual pool party. Bring your favorite pool toys. Brainstorm out some SWCG activities for the rest of the year. Please bring a potluck food item.
October 10, 2015, Noon-4 PM – LibraryCon 2015 at the Southeast Regional Library, 775 North Greenfield Road in Gilbert, AZ. Come to the Southeast Regional Library for LibraryCon 2015! Join us to celebrate all of the stuff that you love including: comics, graphic novels, anime/manga, cosplay, cartoons, artists, horror movies, Sci-Fi/Fantasy books & movies, and games of all types. Costumes encouraged! Show off your amazing style in the costume contest. Learn something new in one of our panel sessions. There will also be photo booths, crafts, tabletop and video games, prizes, and giveaways! https://www.facebook.com/librarycon
2015 – Helldorado Days in
2015-January 18, 2016
– The White Shirt
According to Me,
Gianfranco Ferré Exhibition at the
November 6-8, 2015 –
May 6-9, 2016 – Costume-con 34: The
Wonder of Nature at the Marriott West in
2017 – Costume-Con
35 at the Hilton Mississaugua/Meadowvale,
July 1-4, 2017 – WesterCon 70 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. http://www.westercon.org/
April, 2018 – Costume-Con 36
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 July 11, 2015 by Randall Whitlock.