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Comic Con: Masquerade – and More News

It's a Small, Thrilling World After All

It's a Small, Thrilling World After All...

Hi frocktalkers!  This is my final post from and about Comic Con 2009.  I attended the masquerade last Saturday night, and it was fantastic.  I had to leave at the halfway point, unfortunately, but I wanted to share my photos with you.

Additionally, the news is that I will be teaching a class at UCLA this fall, for MFA/Costume students.  It’s a very exciting opportunity.  I will be teaching 8 out of 10 classes in costume design, while costume supervisor extraordinaire Heidi Higginbotham will be teaching 2 out of 10 classes in script breakdown, budgeting, and running the department.  So you can imagine that the pace of life around here is going to ramp up quickly!

Other news: next week, I will be posting a dueling banjos review of a very famous and iconic film with Chris from Clothes on Film. It is nice to have him on board for the review!!  So look for that next weekend!

But back to the masquerade… just to give you some idea about how this masquerade works – there were 46 contestants this year.  Contestants have to register in advance – here is the 2009 registration page – and there are a ton of awards given out.  Contestants have about a minute and a half to get out on stage, and do whatever they want: dance around, pose, do a skit, whatever.  Some people come out with dramatic music and smoke machines, posing and looking evil.  Some people have upbeat music and dance around like monkeys, and others perform elaborate skits with choreography, sword fighting, dialogue, and stunts.  The goal is to get the audience enthused, and to impress the judges.

This was a pretty good one...

This was a pretty good one...

Judging is tricky – there were three main judges announced at the beginning of the competition.  All of these people had some kind of involvement with costumes, though none was an active costume designer for film/television.  There were three members of the Costume Designers Guild – Mary Vogt, Sanja Hayes, and Christine Bieselin-Clarke – who comprised the judges for the CDG award.  I am still not exactly sure how the judging system works, and who, exactly, arbitrates to give all of these various awards.

The girls were singing "Womanizer" to this Skeletor-like dude.

The girls were singing "Womanizer" to this Skeletor-like dude. He was just nodding his head.

I have posted some of my pictures from the masquerade for you here.  Please take a look at this article for more pictures and information, including the list of winners.  Comic Con’s website will also feature the complete list of winners (it is a LONG list, as there are many awards given) very soon.

This costume won the David C. Copley Center award!  Goooo UCLA!

This costume won the David C. Copley Center award! Goooo UCLA!

It was hard to get everyone’s names and costume titles down – it went very quickly, and there was no written program.  I will tell you, however, that Holly Conrad, featured in frocktalk’s Comic Con Day One article, won the Costume Designers Guild award, which is really cool!!  Here is Holly’s blog, and it details the making-of the award winning Lady of Pain costume!

Back View, Lady of Pain, by Holly Conrad

Back View, Lady of Pain, by Holly Conrad

It was a really fun show to watch, though, and the audience seemed to be patient and supportive, even when some of the costumes were ill executed or the dance/posing/skit were cringe-worthy.  It was a nice crowd, a safe place to fall, if you jumped off a ledge by trying something new.

Here are some of my favorite pics of the night…

This woman came out, like a beggar or a wraith...

This woman came out, like a beggar or a wraith...

She stripped off the robe, and THIS was underneath.  Spectacular!

She stripped off the robe, and THIS was underneath. Spectacular!

Holly Conrad's "Lady of Pain" costume, front view

Holly Conrad's "Lady of Pain" costume, front view

This group came on to the music of

This group came on to the music of "It's a Small World"...

And then broke into choreography/music of Michael Jackson's "Thriller"

And then broke into choreography/music of Michael Jackson's "Thriller". Awesome.

This was an interesting costume - layers of masks...

This was an interesting costume - layers of masks...

To reveal THIS scary skeleton.  It was thought-provoking, for sure.

To reveal THIS scary skeleton. It was thought-provoking, for sure.

Hope you all had a great weekend – next week, back to the reviews!

— KMB

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