Frock Flicks Goes to Costume College 2015


It’s back-to-school time — well, Costume College, at least! The Frock Flicks Team is headed to the Los Angeles, California, area for the annual three-day costuming arts conference produced by Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. We’ve been attending, dressing in costume, teaching classes, and partying at this fantastic event for over a decade together with friends from around the world.

This year, Frock Flicks has a very special event at Costume College, and if you’re in town, then you’re invited!  We’re going to record a quiz-show podcast in front of a live audience, something we call Wait Wait Don’t Frock Me!. It’s our homage to the hilarious NPR show of the similar name. We’ve done one such podcast before back in 2008 at Costume-Con 26, and we’ve been dying to repeat it.

Be Part of the Wait Wait Don’t Frock Me Podcast Audience

When: Thursday, July 30, 2015, from 8pm to 9pm

Where: Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard Street, Woodland Hills, California. We’ll be in the Hidden Hills conference room on the first floor.

If you’re attending Costume College, this podcast overlaps with the start of the Pool Party and is just inside the lobby from that event, so you can attend both easily.

But you don’t need a Costume College registration to attend this podcast recording. All Frock Flicks fans are welcome! The hotel has a full bar and a Starbucks, and we welcome you to purchase a refreshment of your choice for the event. Arrive on time for giveaways!

See our Facebook event page for the latest details!

For those familiar with the NPR show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, you know it has several different contests for the audience to play. In our Not My Costume segment, we’ll ask highly skilled people questions they know nothing about, and our special guest is Lauren of American Duchess! Select audience members can join in and play our other quizzes such as Bluff the Costumer or the Costumer Limerick Challenge. Get two out of three answers correct, and you’ll win a prize.


More Frock Flicks at Costume College

But, wait wait, there’s more! If you’re local and not already going to Costume College, you can still come back on Saturday or Sunday between 8:30am and 5:00pm to shop at the Marketplace for sewing supplies, vintage clothing, and other delights. See details and the vendor list here.

Now if you are a registered Costume College member, you may be interested in the classes that some of us Frock Flickers are teaching. This year, both Kendra and Trystan are teaching, while Sarah’s enjoying taking classes for a change. Here’s our schedule of unlimited-attendance classes…

Friday 11:30am-1:00pm

Self-Publishing Costuming Books by Kendra Van Cleave

So you’re thinking of self-publishing a book about costuming? This class will go over choosing the right publishing option, calculating costs and timelines, avoiding pitfalls, and more. The teacher recently self-published the book “18th Century Hair & Wig Styling: History & Step-by-Step Techniques.” Fee: $1.00. Teacher Provides: Handout

Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm

Hand Sewing for Haters by Trystan L. Bass

Do you find hand sewing relaxing? Then this class is not for you! This is for those who sob when they hand sew because they hate it or feel they are bad at it; however, we can’t entirely escape hand sewing in much of historical costume and some fantasy garb. So come learn to make peace with the needle and thread. Special attention will be paid to hems and eyelets. We’ll talk tools and ergonomics to make the process easier. Find out what’s worth hand sewing and what not to bother with. Student Provides: (Optional) Needle, thread, scissors, scrap of plain muslin or cotton, for practice.

Saturday 12:00pm-1:00pm

Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and the Movies by Trystan L. Bass

Both Charlotte and Emily Bronte’s masterpieces were published in 1847. These novels have been made into movies and TV series dozens of times. Most productions are set during the lifetime of the authors, but the time period and costumes may or may not be accurate to the setting of the novels. For example, “Jane Eyre” may actually take place in the 1810s—but screen adaptions often show the story with 1830s gowns. We’ll look through the novels for clues about the period, and compare the costumes of popular screen versions, with an eye towards both literary and historical accuracy.

Sunday 1:30pm-3:00pm

Late 18th-Century Women’s Hats by Kendra Van Cleave

Late 18th-century hair was crazy, and they put even crazier hats on top. This lecture will cover fashionable styles for women’s hats in the 1780s and 1790s. There will also be some advice about making your own. Fee: $1.00. Teacher Provides: Handout

Sunday 3:00pm-4:00pm

Black, It’s Not Just for Mourning by Trystan L. Bass

Throughout history, the color black has been used in clothing to symbolize everything from wealth to modesty and, yes, mourning for the dead. The color’s meaning shifts across time, social class, gender, age, even type of fabric. This class will survey the uses of black clothing from the Middle Ages to the 20th century in Europe to help you decide if an all-black outfit is suitable for your next reenactment or theatrical production.


Hope we see you there!


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