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Participate in our NCA Conference Contest!

Posted: April 16, 2019 

2019 National Costumers Association Conference

July 18-21, 2019 | Crowne Plaza Downtown Kansas City

Register Here!

For more information on becoming a sponsor please click here.

Get ready for great education, networking, and ALL THAT JAZZ at the 2019 NCA Conference!


Share your favorite memory from a past NCA conference OR what you are looking forward to the most at the 2019 NCA Conference and have a chance to win a gift card!

Here's how to enter:
1. Like NCA Facebook page
2. Post on Facebook with your favorite memory or what you are looking forward to and use the hashtag #NationalCostumersAssociation

How to have a better chance at winning:

1. Add photos or videos to your post!
2. Link to the NCA Conference website page:
3. Also use the hashtag #ItsMoreFunInCostume and like our consumer page It's More Fun In Costume

Posts most be made by April 26 to be considered to win.


View the schedule online here.
  • AIRBRUSHING - Everything you always wanted to know about airbrushing and the different types of makeup, but were afraid to ask. - RJ Haddy, former finalist on Season 2 FaceOff
  • FROM WORKROOM TO RETAIL – Add uniqueness to your shop! Learn to build small, unusual items to sell in your store, that take 30 minutes  or less to complete. - Debbie Meredith, Akron Design and Costume
  • BRINGING IMAGINATION TO LIFE – Do you miss the good old days of dressing up? THEN….COSPLAY, COSPLAY AND MORE COSPLAY
  • MASCOT RESTORATION - Learn the restoration, repair and cleaning techniques for your mascots. - Dale Morton, Dale Morton Studios 
  • PATTERN MAKING AND DRAPING - Learn or re-educate yourself in the art of cutting, draping and pattern making. - Vincent Scassellati, Kansas City Costume Co.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA - How to look outside the box and explore new avenues. -Tyson Murphy, A to Z Theatrical Shop
  • CHANGE YOUR STORE DISPLAYS? WHY??? - How to create an attractive, clean store that is inviting for customers. Remember it’s all about the customer’s experience. - The Illusive Skull Costume Castle
  • UP UP AND AWAY - Learn basic balloon art and the ease of upselling balloons in your store. - Marion Bradley, NCA President and owner of Discount Costumes
  • MAKING A NOVICE MAKEUP ARTIST LOOK LIKE A PRO - The world of 3 D Tinsley Transfers.
  • GRAB BAG MAKEUP FORUM – What do you know about the makeup you sell? Come and learn the versatile uses for the different makeup products you sell. - Panel discussion with Gene Flaherty, Pam Markel and other guests.


Full Conference Registration Standard Pricing 2/2 - 6/1 Onsite
NCA Member $349 $399
Non-Member $449 $499
One Day Registration (Friday or Saturday)    
NCA Member $200 $250
Non-Member $250 $300


New this year – NCA is offering a payment plan for the conference. Here is how it works: Go online and register for the conference. Select ‘Pay Later’ to generate an invoice. You will then call the NCA office to make monthly payment 303-339-0750 or mail checks to PO Box 3406, Englewood, CO 80155. Your registration(s) MUST be paid in full by June 1. 


Spring Fling

Posted: April 9, 2019

Come join us for fun and games -  and old friends May 16 - 19 for the 2019 Spring FlingIt will be held at the Dutch Host Inn1021 Dover Road, Sugarcreek, Ohio, 44681. You can make reservations by calling 1-330-852-2468.


Game of Thrones' 12 Fiercest Costumes (to date), Ranked

Posted: April 17, 2019 

"It's virtually impossible to go to any con these days and not see some form of Game of Thrones cosplay every other second, from Daenerys with a dragon perched on her shoulder to the Hound clutching a KFC bucket (this actually happened). You know at least 10 Jon Snows are going to be there sweating it out in faux fur.

The show’s head costume designer, Michele Clapton, brought the fashion of Westeros to life in every way possible, from wearing down leather and metal as if they’ve already gone through battle to using something really unexpected for that cape Jon never seems to take off. Embroiderer Michele Carragher used her sorcery to add an unreal amount of detail to many of the already rich fabrics. Even the twigs and leaves that cloak the Children of the Forest glimmer with beads and sequins up close.

Fashion in Westeros is loaded with meaning and symbolism. Some, like the animals of Houses that come just short of eating each other on the wedding dress Sansa never actually gets married in, is obvious. Even more is based not just on George R.R. Martin's verbal imagery but the journey a character experiences from the end of a long summer to the blast of brutal winter. Entire wardrobes can represent character evolutions.

Before we see what potential cosplays Season 8 has to reveal, see the costumes we at SYFY WIRE can’t erase from our memory after seven seasons — and relive who wore what to their wedding, battle, death, or otherwise.


The robes Varys can't live without

You think you'd be a little less conspicuous when your main objectives are gossiping and poisoning people, but Varys likes it luxe and lush. He always seems to wear these robes in different colors and has this exact same one in purple. However much you love to hate the eunuch, you can't deny how rich he looks, which probably has to do with the Game of Thrones costume team weaving their own fabrics.

Maybe his little birds told him that."

Read the full article online at


Smiffy's Contact Information Correction

Posted: April 16, 2019

We regret that the contact information for Smiffy's was incorrectly listed in the February issue of Costumer magazine. 
The correct information is:

Contact Maxine Andrews

Email                     [email protected]

Phone                   888 776 4339 ext 701

Fax                         888 776 4339

2019 NCA Conference - Creative Style Show

Posted: April 17, 2019

The NCA Board of Directors is proud to announce the return of THE CREATIVE STYLE SHOW next July at the Conference in Kansas City. We're now taking reservations to participate in this most popular event! Here's how it works: Each volunteer shop receives the same mystery box in late February/early March and they use the entire contents to create a costume for the Runway Show at the Conference. Sometimes the box is funny – sometimes not! That's the challenge! You can also add $15 of your own for thread, zippers or special trims! There are limited spots available for this event “All Jazzed Up!”. The theme can be interpreted any way you like. Take time to join the others already committed and call (402) 556-1400 or email [email protected] and we'll make sure you're a part of this NCA Costume Tradition. (And the costume is yours to keep!)


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