Costume College®

July 29 – August 2, 2021

Share your love of costuming!

To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the Costumer’s Guild West Board voted, along with the consensus of the Dean, Registrar and Hotel Liaisons of Costume College, to postpone Costume College 2020. Read more here.

Announcing the Costume College 2021 Dates! Read more here.

Costume College® is an annual costuming arts conference, which helps support Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. (CGW) and its mission. Please be aware that Costume College® is not an accredited college. Costume College® is simply the name of the costuming arts conference.

We offer lectures, workshops and demos on all things costuming: from general sewing (pattern grading, setting sleeves, etc.) to historical construction methods (corsetry, petticoats, etc.) to time period overview classes to science fiction/fantasy costume construction. All of our classes are taught by volunteers who enjoying sharing their knowledge on a particular topic.

Along with the opportunity to learn new skills, we offer our members several social gatherings to show off their creations! We host a Welcome Party, a Friday Social/Showcase, a Saturday Gala Dinner & Dance, and a Sunday Afternoon Tea (the Gala and the Tea each have a separate admission).

We also have a Marketplace (Dealer’s Room) filled with fabulous vendors who cater to costumers and an Exhibit Room filled with costumes created by our members. Both the Marketplace and Exhibit Room are free to the public.

Costume College is the perfect opportunity to meet people who share a love of costuming! If you are thinking of coming to Costume College for the first time, take a look at our Freshman Orientation page.

Costume College® 2021 will be held at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, California.


This year’s theme is Votes for Women – Celebrating the beginning of American Women’s Suffrage.

Celebrating the beginning of American Women’s Suffrage is apropos to our current political climate. We must never forget the women who fought for our rights, as well as those who continue to do so every day. One can’t consider the suffrage movement without taking note of the changing role of women that really took off with WW1 when women first did the factory and production jobs of men while they were soldiering. As a result, fashion underwent huge changes from 1910-1920 that lead to the freedoms in fashion that women enjoy today. We are looking forward to an incredible Bonus Track next year to explore all of the aspects of these changes and their impact on fashion as we know it!

Costume College Bonus Track: 1920s.

Remember that the Bonus Track is in addition to all the other costuming, research and sewing classes we offer from all time periods and genres.

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