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NJ/NY Costumers' Guild Chapter
a member of the

International Costumers' Guild

Sad Announcement:

With great sorrow we mourn the passing of Gregory A. "Sandy" Swank
who left us physically June 13, 2015. His spirit lives on!
More about Sandy


Election Results:

President: Kathryn Draves
Vice President: Diane Kovalcin
Recording Secretary: Tina Connell
Corresponding Secretary: Elaine Mami
Treasurar: Marcy Huston


Official August Meeting Agenda
Official August Meeting Agenda (doc format)

Upcoming Pup's Meeting!

Saturday August 1, 2015 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at Pi-Con
Pi-Con website
This meeting is open to all Pi-Con members and is part of the costuming program track.
The room and agenda will be posted later.
(or check convention schedule)
Hartford, CT
Debi Chowdhury will be hosting this meeting.
Public Transport: Bus and call for pick up.

Upcoming Local Conventions:

Costume-Con 33
"Buccaneers Belles & Bootleggers"
Check for Post Con information/Pictures
Charleston, SC

Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire (renfair)
To be held June 30-July 5, 2015
Warsaw Park, Ansonia, CT

Dexcon 18 (gaming)
To be held July 1-5, 2015
Morristown, NJ

ConnectiCon (anime)
To be held July 9-12, 2015
Hartford, CT

Readercon 26 (literary, music)
To be held July 9-12, 2015
Burlington, MA

Ryu-Kon (anime, gaming, steampunk theme)
To be held July 10-12, 2015
Niagara Falls, NY

NJ Comic Book Show - Montclair (Comics)
To be held July 12, 2015
Montclair, NJ

Official "The Vampire Diaries" Con (Creation Con)
To be held July 17-19, 2015
Parsippany, NJ

G-Anime (anime)
To be held July 18-19, 2015
Palais de Congres, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

MinCon (one day, anime, cosplay, comics, science fiction, fantasty, gaming)
To be held July 18, 2015
Mineola, NY

Otacon 2015 (anime)
To be held July 24-26, 2015
Baltimore, MD

Confluence 2015 (PARSEC organizers)
To be held July 24-26, 2015
Pittsburgh, PA

Pennsic War 44 (SCA Event)
To be held July 24-August 9, 2015
Cooper's Lake Slippery Rock, PA

Costume College (Facebook)
To be held July 30-August 2, 2015
Woodland Hills, CA

Monster-Mania Con 31 (horror, media)
To be held July 31 - August 2, 2015
Cherry Hill, NJ

9Pi-Con
(Meeting of the NJ/NY Costumers Guild)
To be held July 31 - August 2, 2015
Windsor Locks, CT

Boston Comic Con (Media, comics, Anime)
To be held July 31 - August 2, 2015
Boston, MA


Marty Gear 1939-June 18, 2013 RIP
(Memories of Marty Gear)

See the Events page for more upcoming exhibits and conventions. We are constantly updating!

Click "Memories" for our pictures of past events!
Click "Exhibits" for our pictures from museum and other exhibits!

and for something completely silly:

Lisa Ashton: The 12 Steps of Costuming


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New Jersey/New York Costumers' Guild is a non-profit amateur group specializing in the educational and social nature of all aspects of costuming. Historically, we were the third costume guild to form part of the International Costumers' Guild, Inc., founded in 1985. We hold bimonthly meetings which include business, socializing, and (usually) some sort of workshop.

Our members' interests include science ficton, fantasy, media, anime, and historical costumes. Some of our members also explore related arts, including millinery, embroidery, quilting, and more. Many of our members attend conventions, including Costume-Cons and World Science Fiction Conventions (Worldcons).

Our membership also includes technicians whose interests cover the running and support of Masquerades (theatrical costume competitions) at science fiction conventions in areas such as lighting, sound, stage management, makeup, backstage support, photography, and videography. We welcome new members!

The NJ/NY Costumers' Guild is affectionately nicknamed the Sick Pups, or (more formally) "The Sick Pups of Greater Monmouth County". While most of our members come from New Jersey, New York, or Connecticut, we have members from as far south as Georgia and as far west as Colorado. We interpret "Greater Monmouth Country" loosely and have members from all over the United States. Our mascot is Spaz (above left), the original Sick Pup.

All content copyright © 2003-2015 and beyond by The New Jersey/New York Costumers' Guild, except where noted. All rights reserved. For questions concerning this web site, please contact us.


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