History of Costume College

Costume College Deans & Themes

  • 2024 Valarie LaBore — Costumes of Stage and Screen
  • 2023 Paige Mattern Cosplay: Fairytales, Fiction & Fantasy
  • 2022 Gina Cowley Costuming Post Apocalypse: Creating a New World
  • 2021 Geri Rex Costume College 2021 Goes Virtual
  • 2020 (Postponed until 2021)
  • 2019 Maegen Hensley — What’s That Fabric?
  • 2018 Valarie LaBore — Dressing the Royals
  • 2017 Heather Pritchett — The 60s: Vintage Daydreams
  • 2016 Dani Crum — Counter Culture: Rebels, Revolutionaries, & Subversives
  • 2015 Rebecca Howard/Lowell — Plucked from the Pages; Your Favorite Literary Characters
  • 2014 Mela Hoyt-Heydon — Finishing Touches: The Art & Craft of Accessories
  • 2013 Natalie Meyer — Cavalier, with a Touch of Pirate
  • 2012 Rebecca Metzger — The Golden Age of Hollywood: 1930-1955
  • 2011 Elizabeth Reed — Medieval; Glorious Gothic to Artistic Reform & Beyond
  • 2010 Colleen Crosby — Steampunk
  • 2009 Maegen Hensley — 18th Century
  • 2008 Martha Davis — Regency Era: 1795-1825
  • 2007 Lana Bailey — Crinoline Era: 1840s-1860s
  • 2006 Jody Regan — Ragtime: 1920-1920
  • 2005 Corinne Pleger — Age of Chivalry (Medieval)
  • 2004 Mary Hooper — Gay ‘90s (1890s)
  • 2003 Laura Rico — The Age of the Bustle
  • 2002 Natalie Meyer — The Edwardian Era
  • 2001 Darla Kruger — The Art of Embellishment
  • 2000 Darla Kruger — Celebrating the Costume Maker’s Art Through the Millenia
  • 1999 Jess Miller — Fin de Siecle; at the End of the ‘90s
  • 1998 Robin Pavlosky — Elizabethan
  • 1997 Robin Pavlosky — Costuming for the Performer
  • 1996 Bruce Briant — Georgian
  • 1995 Mela Hoyt-Heydon — Bustle
  • 1994 Cat Deveroux — 1840-1860; the Era of the Hoop
  • 1993Janet Wilson Anderson — Our First Costume College!  The theme was Regency
  • 1992 Planning underway for the first Costume College

Costume College Tours

  • 2024 – TBA
  • 2023 – FIDM Museum’s Clothing Archives and the Downtown Los Angeles Fabric District
  • 2022 – Getty Villa and the Downtown Los Angeles Fabric District
  • 2021 – Los Angeles Fabric District Virtual Tour
  • 2020 – (Postponed until 2021)
  • 2019 – FIDM, Western Costume House, and the Native Safari to the Los Angeles Fabric District
  • 2018 – FIDM, and the Native Safari to the Los Angeles Fashion District
  • 2017 – FIDM, United American Costume Company, and the Native Safari to the LA Fashion District
  • 2016 – FIDM, United American Costume Company, plus Strathearn Historical Park & Museum Tour, and Native Safari to LA Fashion District
  • 2015 – FIDM, United American Costume Company, Nethercut Collection & Museum Tour, and Native Safari to LA Fashion District
  • 2014 – FIDM and Native Safari to the LA Fashion District
  • 2013 – FIDM (Fri); Garment District (Mon)
  • 2012 – Garment District (Mon)
  • 2011 – FIDM (Thu); Pacific Asia Museum & Huntington Library (Fri); Garment District (Mon)
  • 2010 – FIDM (Thu); Costume Rental Corporation & Six Flags Costume Shop (Fri); Garment District (Mon)
  • 2009 – FIDM Behind the Scenes (Thu); Western Costume & LACMA (Fri); Garment District (Mon); Sally Queen Personal Shopper
  • 2008 – FIDM Dressing the Small Screen (Thu); Sari Tour of “Little India”(Fri); Getty Museum (Fri); Garment District (Mon)
  • 2007 – FIDM (Thu); Ventura History Museum w/Shelly Foote (Fri); Custom Characters w/Westmore Academy of Make-up (Fri); Garment District (Mon); Sally Queen Personal Shopper (Mon)
  • 2006 – Hollywood Museum (Thu); Elizabeth Courtney II Workrooms & Warner Bros. Studio Costume Dept (Fri); Park Pleating w/LA Opera Costume Shop (Fri); Garment District (Mon)
  • 2005 – A Farewell to Tut – Tutankhamon at LACMA, Behind the Scenes – Center Theater group work and craft rooms and technical rehearsal, History for Hire warehouse.
  • 2004 – Global Effects & Disney Studio Rental Warehouse (Fri); American Costume Co (Fri); Garment District (Mon)
  • 2003 – Unknown
  • 2002 – Knott’s Berry Farm (Fri); Southwest Museum (Fri); Garment District (Mon)
  • 2001 – Autry Museum of Western Heritage (Fri); LACMA (Fri); Knott’s Berry Farm (Fri); Garment District (Mon)