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    Fun World’s Home Run Horror, Voodoo King and Northern Realm Warrior

    The latest selection from Fun World includes the CM17132 Home Run Horror with shirt and pants printed with team baseball colors and logo, hat with sculpted ball, and printed socks. The CM11133 Voodoo King includes a shirt with attached vest and skull Read more

    Jan 9, 2020

    9:42 AM

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    elope, Inc.’s Hogwarts Robes.

    Capture the magic of an older Hogwarts™ with this upscale line of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald™ 1920's Hogwarts Robes by elope. Inspired by the film, this robe embraces vintage styling to transport fans into the past of the famous Wiza Read more

    Jan 9, 2020

    9:33 AM

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    General Label Custom Woven Labels

    Our custom woven labels are available in sew-in, stick-on or iron-on applications. Damask weaving produces a high-quality label that enhances any garment. Hi-definition weaving is used when designs having very small details need to be woven. Read more

    Dec 18, 2019

    10:52 AM

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    Ellie Shoes’ “Bubbles.”

    The 254-Bubbles is a women’s shoe with a 2 ½-inch heel. It’s a versatile item that’s great for a scary clown or Harlequin costume! Read more

    Dec 18, 2019

    10:50 AM

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    Graftobian's Top-Selling Snap-Case Palette Boxes

    The Master ProPaint™ Assortment #1 Palette Box is a good start to your Graftobian ProPaint™ collection. ProPaint™ delivers vivid color results with exceptional opacity. Activates easily with water. The Graftobian Luster™ Collection Palette Box holds Read more

    Dec 18, 2019

    10:49 AM

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    Seasons USA, Inc.’s Crazy Bonez Skeletons

    These cute new additions to the Crazy Bonez Skeleton line are approximately 5 to 8 inches tall and part of the company’s value priced line for customers like you! Even though they’re value-priced, they’re made of the same high-quality polypropylene p Read more

    Dec 11, 2019

    3:56 PM

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    This new smoother texture product delivers the ultimate in smooth surface applications—and it’s great for creating finer details and curves. Similar to standard WONDERFLEX® but engineered without fabric reinforcement, the new “PRO” works well utilizi Read more

    Dec 11, 2019

    3:55 PM

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    InCharacter Costumes’ Witch

    Witches are always popular at Halloween time…and this CF1022 witch costume is a perfect addition to your costume lineup with its full-length gown, tulle petticoat, hat with tulle sash and stick-on black fingernails. Read more

    Dec 11, 2019

    3:52 PM


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    Big Changes at NCA

    With the new decade comes a batch of changes at NCA! First, the management team has changed. Ed Avis and Kathy Furore, the couple who have managed The Costumer magazine for the past five years, are now the new association managers. They have been man Read more

    Dec 17, 2019

    4:01 PM

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    My Favorite Costume: Gene Flaharty, Mehron, Inc.

    Gene Flaharty might not be a costume shop owner or employee—but he certainly knows a lot about costuming! As the makeup artist/product expert/sales manager for Mehron Inc., Flaharty has been part of the costume/theater scene for decades. And in his m Read more

    Jan 9, 2020

    9:27 AM

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    Another Halloween is in the books and the Christmas season is coming to an end. What are some ways to march into the new year armed with ideas to perk up sales? Don’t overlook masks! Read more

    Dec 18, 2019

    10:47 AM

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    Historical Costuming

    It seems like every historical costumer’s journey to a closet full of pretty things to wear always includes a trip…or two…or three… to the local fabric store. We inevitably find ourselves on the quick run to grab thread, hook & eyes or even ribbon. Read more

    Dec 11, 2019

    4:09 PM

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    The Force of Facebook

    You probably have a Facebook page for your costume shop, and you may even keep it regularly updated with fresh posts and special offers. But are you taking full advantage of it? Here are seven tips from three Facebook experts on how to make sure you’ Read more

    Dec 11, 2019

    4:05 PM

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    Wig Out…

    If you’re looking for ways to boost add-on sales at your costume shop, there’s one way to do it: Keep top of head top of mind—all year long! It’s a strategy that has met with great success at Chicago-based Fantasy Costumes, where customers can find Read more

    Dec 11, 2019

    4:07 PM

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    My Favorite Costume: Larry Dockter, Broadway Costumes

    It isn’t that common these days to find a costume shop that’s been around for more than half a century—especially one that’s remained in the same family decades and continues to thrive. Broadway Costumes & Theatrical Supply in Sacramento, California, Read more

    Dec 18, 2019

    11:13 AM

Costuming News

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    Love this Dress? It Can Be Yours!

    This amazing dress can be yours! It is being auctioned off to raise funds for the NCA Scholarship Fund. The minimum bid is $250. If you would like to bid, send an email to Executive Director Ed Avis at Include the amo Read more

    Jan 17, 2020

    4:15 PM

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    Smiffys Announces Partnership with Manic Panic

    Smiffys is delighted to announce a partnership with Manic Panic, the leader in creative hair colour and cosmetics, for an exclusive line of licensed wigs set to launch at the Halloween and Party Expo in New Orleans. Read more

    Jan 16, 2020

    12:27 PM

  • Update: Gene Flaharty's Wife Passes

    The National Costumers Association extends its deepest condolences to board member Gene Flaharty and his family on the the passing of his wife, Lyn. Lyn was injured in a fall before Christmas, and passed away on January 1. Here is Gene's Facebook pos Read more

    Jan 9, 2020

    8:28 AM

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    The ‘Marvelous Specificity’ of Little Women Costumes

    Oscar-nominated filmmaker Greta Gerwig is a film fan and cinephile first, so it comes as no surprise that the “Little Women” director is able to quickly conjure up some of her favorite pieces of below the line artistry with little in the way of promp Read more

    Jan 9, 2020

    9:18 AM

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    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: 10 Hidden Details About the Costumes You Never Noticed

    There are many reasons to watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel such as the phenomenal acting, the hilarious jokes, but one of the best reasons to watch this Amazon Prime original is the fabulous costumes. Donna Zakowska, the costume designer for The Marve Read more

    Jan 9, 2020

    9:12 AM

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    Who makes the costumes on The Masked Singer?

    We may be trying to figure out which celebrities are hiding behind the masks, but really, when it comes to The Masked Singer, the real stars of the show are the costume designers. Read more

    Jan 9, 2020

    8:55 AM

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    Join the NCA at HPE

    The National Costumers Association’s booth is a must-visit stop at the Halloween & Party Expo. Stop by the NCA lounge/Booth 1313 to see costumes on display, meet executive board members (including Ed Avis, our new executive director), and sign up/ren Read more

    Jan 6, 2020

    10:51 AM

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    The Countdown is on…for the 2020 Halloween & Party Expo!

    The 2020 Halloween & Party Expo (HPE) is less than 2 weeks away! Here’s a snapshot of some of the events to put on your calendar if you’re planning to join your NCA peers and industry vendors at this costume event in always-exciting New Orleans from Read more

    Jan 6, 2020

    10:50 AM

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