Costumer Magazine

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    Glamour Muerta Costume from Starline

    Get into the Halloween spirit and celebrate Day of the Dead style when you wear this gorgeous Glamour Muerta Costume! Read more

    Feb 20, 2020

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    Bunny Mascots from Sunnywood

    Our Long Hair Bunny Mascot (#4074) has the Best Bunny Face On The Market! This polyester jumpsuit is covered with Luxurious Plush Fur. The Fully Lined Parade Head, specially designed to fit all head sizes. Attached mittens and attached feet with hard Read more

    Feb 20, 2020

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    Abigail Self-Tie Frill-Waist Striped Pants

    The pants are made using 100% Cotton fabric. Cotton is soft to touch, does not harm your skin in any way & can be worn outdoors without worrying about the heat. The waist is held together with a wide self-tie belt. The belt can be tied in the front t Read more

    Jan 23, 2020

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    Resident Evil™ 2 Zombie All-Pro Makeup Kit

    Resident Evil™ 2 Zombie All-Pro Makeup Kit from Mehron! This deluxe kit lets the every-day gamer bring to life the terrifying Raccoon City zombies from the popular Resident Evil™ 2 video game franchise! The kit contains all of the necessary profes Read more

    Jan 23, 2020

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    Shazam from Rubies

    Rubie’s officially Licensed “Shazam” Deluxe Adult Costume. Our Adult Deluxe Shazam Costume includes a Muscle Chest Jumpsuit with attached 3-D Gauntlets, 3-D Boot Tops, Belt and a Deluxe hooded Cape. Read more

    Jan 23, 2020

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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

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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

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    Couple’s Costumes: From Silly to Sexy, Pairs Want to Look Good Together

    Halloween parties are a great time for couples to show off, and you can profit by making your costume shop a couple’s costume destination this fall. Read more

    Feb 20, 2020

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    Performance Studios: New owners honor the tradition, plan for the future

    In January 2019, Ryan and TK Kelly became the proud owners of Performance Studios—the business that Glenn Alexander and former NCA president Gary Broadrick opened as a professional-grade makeup store on Church Street in downtown Nashville in 1989. T Read more

    Feb 20, 2020

    11:19 AM

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    “Creative Crew” Brings New Life to a San Francisco Costume Shop

    he 2020 Halloween & Party Expo in New Orleans offered the opportunity to meet many NCA members—Austin Efurd, owner of Looks Costuming on Haight, was one of them. The story he shared about taking ownership of Costuming on Haight, a shop that had been Read more

    Feb 6, 2020

    11:11 AM

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    Plus-Size Costumes Can Equal Plus-Size Profits

    The medical community has been lamenting the growing waistlines of Americans for years now, but some members of the costume community have another view of that situation. After all, if your costume business successfully sells plus-size costumes, larg Read more

    Jan 23, 2020

    1:42 PM

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    NCA Executive Director: HPE Was a Learning Experience

    I've been tangentially involved in the costume industry for about the past five years, as publisher of Costumer, NCA's member publication. And Kathy Furore, my wife, has been equally involved as editor of Costumer. But now that we are also managing t Read more

    Jan 23, 2020

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    Gallery: 2020 Halloween & Party Show

    We visited some NCA Vendor Members who exhibited at the Halloween & Party Expo in New Orleans on January 17, 2020. Enjoy the gallery! Read more

    Jan 18, 2020

    11:19 AM

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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

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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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Costuming News

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    NCA Exec Visits Denver Member Wizard's Chest

    Who are these handsome bearded dudes? NCA Executive Director Ed Avis visited Wizard's Chest, an NCA member in Denver, on Monday, February 17. Avis interviewed co-owner Kevin Pohle for a new series of videos that will debut soon on Read more

    Feb 20, 2020

    1:46 PM

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    NCA Forming Costumer Advisory Panel

    We want your input! The NCA is forming the Costumer Advisory Panel, a group of members who will help NCA staff learn about members' needs and preferences. The panel will be asked to share their opinions about programs and editorial content in Costume Read more

    Feb 20, 2020

    1:25 PM

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    Underwraps Costume Stars as Fake Iranian Spacesuit

    Iran has a young but fledgling space program that’s making some pretty good progress considering the nation’s space agency was founded in 2005. However, a recent botched propaganda campaign severely hit Iran’s credibility after Minister of Informatio Read more

    Feb 20, 2020

    12:59 PM

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    College Student Gains Fame with Cosplay

    University of West Florida junior Noah Wright first created an intricate comic book character costume three years ago. His hobby has taken him places ever since. The same way Spider Man has his web shooters and mechanical arms and Thor has h Read more

    Feb 20, 2020

    11:57 AM

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    Chinese Woman Wears Giraffe Costume to Fight Coronavirus

    Amid the devastating impacts of Coronavirus, a woman was captured wearing a giraffe costume during her visit to a hospital in Luzhou, southwestern China’s Sichuan province. Reportedly, the woman had to resort to the full-body outfit after failed to f Read more

    Feb 20, 2020

    11:42 AM

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    2020 NCA Spring Fling Scheduled for May

    An NCA tradition lives on! The 2020 Spring Fling, an informal gathering of costumers and enthusiasts, is scheduled for May 14-17 in Sugarcreek, Ohio. Read more

    Feb 6, 2020

    11:57 AM

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    NCA Webinar: Making Masks!

    The first of four 2020 NCA members-only webinars has been scheduled for April 7 at 2 p.m. Central time. This webinar, led by NCA past president Linda Adams Foat, will show you step-by-step how to create beautiful masks that your customers will adore! Read more

    Feb 6, 2020

    12:05 PM

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    "High Maintenance" Costume Designer is Authentic NY

    If Cristina Spiridakis is doing her job right, you wouldn’t know she had a job at all. That is to say, her work as the costume designer on HBO’s “High Maintenance” is as authentically New York as a morning commute on a packed F train or dollar dumpli Read more

    Feb 6, 2020

    11:31 AM