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.
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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.
September 15, 2013 – February 9, 2014 – The Cape exhibit in the Ellman Fashion Design Gallery of the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. http://www.phxart.org/exhibition/thecape
October 25, 2013 – January 28, 2013 – Steampunk: An
Exquisite Adventure exhibition in
Gallery@theLibrary at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library,
December 7, 2013, 7PM – APS Electric Light
Parade “Wild West Holiday Roundup” Central &
Montebello south to
December 15, 2013 – Holiday Happening* SWCG potluck social Chuck & Tasha’s
change of venue.
Relax and converse, brainstorm upcoming guild activities.
Annual officer elections.
January 3-5, 2014 – Taiyou Con at the Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa in
January 24-26, 2013 – Amazing Arizona Comic Con at the
30-Feb 1, 2014 –
7-9, 2014 –
February 8-March30, 2014 (weekends +
Presidents’ Day) – Arizona
Renaissance Festival on US 60 east of
February 22-23, 2012 – Arizona Matsuri festival of
February 25-March 3, 2014 – Estrella War 30
7-9, 2014 – Wild
Wild West Steampunk Convention at Old
March 8, 2014 – A Night in the 1940s Big Band Dance and WWII Music Show at Falcon Field’s Commemorative Air Force Hangar, 2017 N Greenfield Road, Mesa AZ http://www.azcaf.org/bbd/index.html
15-16, 2012 – Battle of
March 26 – July 6, 2014 – Hollywood Costume exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum, Central Avenue & McDowell Road. Bringing together more than 100 of the most iconic movie costumes from across a century of film-making, this will be a rare opportunity to see the clothes worn by unforgettable characters from films such as The Wizard of Oz, My Fair Lady, Superman, Titanic, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and The Dark Knight Rises. Hollywood Costume will explore the central role costume design plays in cinema storytelling. The exhibition contains costumes that have never left private and archival collections in California, and most have never been publicly displayed or seen beyond the secure walls of studio archives. http://www.phxart.org/exhibition/hollywoodcostume
April 25-28, 2014 – Costume-Con 32 “Myths, Monsters & Legends” at the Sheraton Hotel in
May 8-11, 2014 – LepreCon 2014: 50
Shades of Green SF convention at the Phoenix Mesa
Marriot, 200 North Centennial Way, Mesa AZ. Author GOH Gail
June 2-8, 2014 – Highlands War SCA event 14 miles south of Alpine,
June 5-8, 2014 –
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 Robin Prosje
Vice President Mike Contos
Treasurer Margaret Grady
Secretary David Ramirez
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 December 10, 2013 by Randall Whitlock.