Saturday, June 24, 2017

2017 National Costumers Association  89th Conference


Friday, July 21- Sunday July 23, 2017


Host: Costume Specialists Inc.

Crowne Plaza - Columbus Downtown

33 East Nationwide Boulevard

Columbus, Ohio 43215
Learn about Columbus here!

Registration Rates

Full Conference Member Rates:

June 2 - July 13: $349

Onsite Registration: $379

Single Day Conference Member Rates:

Single Day Friday: $75

Single Day Saturday: $75

Single Day Sunday: $50

Full Conference Non-Member Rates:

June 2 - July 13: $449

Onsite Registration: $479

Single Day Conference Non-Member Rates:

Single Day Friday: $100

Single Day Saturday: $100

Single Day Sunday: $75

Please note: You may only use this rate for one day. If you plan on attending multiple days you MUST select the full conference registration rate. 

The single day conference rate does not include breakfast, evening functions, or the pre-conference. 

Hotel Information

Crowne Plaza - Columbus Downtown
33 E Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 461-4100


Single Rate

Double Rate

Double Double



You can make a room reservation online here. If you call to make a reservation, reference the NCA to receive the room rates. 

Cut-Off Date: To ensure you receive the group rate, reservations must be made no later than July 6, 2017.

Parking: Valet Parking is available for $12 per vehicle, per day for meeting attendees and $19 per vehicle per night for overnight guests. This is special pricing for group.

Conference Schedule 

View the schedule on the NCA Conference App online here or on your mobile phone here. The conference app lets you view the agenda, speakers, attendees, and get updates on conference information. 

Thursday, July 20 - Pre-Conference Events
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Ohio State University's Costume Collection
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Meet and Greet
6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Walking Brewery Tour (Event is pay as you go; RSVP toGregg Kernes;
7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Live: Evolutionaries (purchase tickets online here

Friday, July 21
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration 
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Welcome & Partner for Events That Drive Business
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Vintage, Steampunk, & More
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and The Influence of Christian Dior
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Financial Ratios Your Bank Likes
3:15 - 4:15 p.m. TBD
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. HR Hot Topic 
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Opening Night Dinner at Costume Specialists

Saturday, July 22
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration 
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Shop Talk & Coffee 
10:15 - 11:30 a.m. TBD
11:45 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Creative Style Show
1:15 - 2:00 p.m. Grow Your Make Up Business
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Business Meeting
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Student Creative Event with Cocktails
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner and Auction 

Sunday, July 23
9:00 - 10:00 a.m Auction Pickup 
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Presidential Brunch
12:30 p.m. Board Meeting

Get Supercharged!

We are planning "Supercharged" discovery stations for you to visit to pick up free items you can use in your business. There will also be a sharing station where you can leave any idea you want to share. Come and discover new ideas at the following stations:
  1. How to transform a normal hat into something amazing (Alice in Wonderland, Civil War, etc.)
  2. The latest trends in makeup - gluten free makeup?
  3. Remaking those costumes that do not rent anymore
  4. New theatre plots (flash drives as well as paper copies will be available) 
  5. Up-to-date source lists and samples
  6. Adding an elaborate twist to simple patterns (corsets, corsets, and corsets)
  7. Wig transformation (ever rule out Cosplay)
  8. Book resources (all we need is Sylvia to be there!
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