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Kozzii Guide: US Costume & Fashion Events Spring/Summer 2019

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There’s plenty going on in the costume world this spring and summer in the states, whether you’re a designer, maker or wardrobe professional.

Sometimes you just need a good costume event or talk to get stuck into and help hone that creative flair or allow something to spark your interest.

Check out our guide to costume events in the US and get these dates firmly in the diary:

National Costumers Association

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The annual National Costumers Association event is celebrating its 80th birthday this summer, making it a great chance to get involved.

The meet-up has been growing in size since 1923 and now offers the perfect opportunity to network, view creative work and listen to experts in the industry.

On from July 18th-21st 2019 Crowne Plaza, Kansas City.

Costume college

Fancy brushing up on your skills or maybe adding something completely new to your toolkit?

Then the three-day Costume College event is the place to be, with plenty of lectures, demos and workshops in all aspects of costuming to keep you busy.

On from July 25-29th 2019, Warner Center Marriott, Woodland Hills, CA.

Denver Pop Culture Con

If costume and film is your thing, then this three-day extravaganza is not to be missed.

Combining a love of film and TV, guests can expect talks from behind-the-scenes artists, a costume celebration and a massive celebrity panel from the likes of Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange, Avengers), Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future, Addams Family), Ming-Na Wen (Mulan, Agents of Shield) and Michelle Gomez (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Doctor Who.)

On from May 31st-2nd June 2019, Colorado Convention Center.

Met Gala 2019

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The Met hosted a press presentation at Teatro Gerolamo in Milan today, ahead of the spring 2019 Costume Institute exhibition, "Camp: Notes on Fashion." Opening May 9, the exhibition will explore the origins of the camp aesthetic, and how it has evolved from a place of marginality to become an important influence on mainstream culture. Susan Sontag's 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp’" provides the framework for the exhibition, which will examine how fashion designers have used their métier to engage with camp. All images by Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images. @metcostumeinstitute #TheMet #MetGala #MetCamp⁣ ⁣ 1) Viktor + Rolf (Dutch, founded 1993), Evening Dress, spring/summer 2019 haute couture. Courtesy of Viktor + Rolf.⁣ ⁣ 2) Alessandro Michele, Andrew Bolton, and Anna Wintour. Backdrop: Andy Warhol, Screen Test: Susan Sontag [ST319], 1964; Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.⁣ ⁣ 3) Alessandro Michele (Italian, born 1972) for Gucci (Italian, founded 1921). Ensemble, autumn/winter 2018-19. Courtesy Gucci Historical Archive. // Palomo Spain (Spanish, founded 2015). Ensemble, spring/summer 2018 menswear. Courtesy Palomo Spain.⁣ ⁣ 4) Alessandro Michele (Italian, born 1972) for Gucci (Italian, founded 1921). Ensemble, autumn/winter 2018-19. Courtesy Gucci Historical Archive. // Palomo Spain (Spanish, founded 2015). Ensemble, spring/summer 2018 menswear. Courtesy Palomo Spain.

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Ok so may not actually be able to attend this one – ticket prices circle around a staggering $30,000 per person and that’s without the cost of an extravagant outfit – but it’s definitely one to keep your eye on.

Every year, hundreds of celebrities adorned in the most fabulous and flamboyant costumes money can buy, flock to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art for its grand exhibition opening.

Keep your eye on the internet to witness some of the jaw-dropping creations.

Takes place on May 6th 2019, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Fashion Curation Panel

To celebrate recent publications in fashion curation, a panel from the MA course in Fashion Studies at the Parsons School of Design is coming together the new research.

The intriguing discussion is open to the public and includes panelists from the Head Conservator and Associate Curator from The Costume Institute, Aalto and Bologna Universities.

Takes place Saturday 9th March, Parsons School of Design, New York.

United States Institute Theatre Technology 19 Conference

Covering areas from lighting to sound technicians, this huge expo is a great chance to showcase your skills, pick up some tips and connect with people.

Featuring a Young Designer forum, a portfolio clinic, a session for production and costume design and an indepth talk from a costume designer and historian on the fascinating world of Burlesque costume.

On from March 20th-23rd 2019, Conference and Stage Expo, Louisville, KY.

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