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Did you see the amazing schedule we have planned for the 2019 NCA Conference?!

Posted: February 13, 2019 

2019 National Costumers Association Conference

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

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

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
  • 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 Costumes Inc.
  • 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 Early Bird Now – 2/1 (must be paid in full by 2/1). Standard 2/2 – 6/1 (must be paid in full by 6/1). Onsite
NCA Member $299 $349 $399
Non-Member $399 $449 $499
One Day Registration (Friday or Saturday)    
NCA Member $150 $200 $250
Non-Member $200 $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: February 13, 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.

Back To Basics

Posted: February 13, 2019

By Jasmine Glasheen

Why young customers love physical stores

"In the coming years, the combined population of the millennial and Generation Z demographics — essentially people 40 and under — will make up more than half of the United States. In 2019, Gift Shop will present a series of articles looking at the shopping traits of those generations and how brick-and-mortar retailers can market to them and, more importantly, create an in-store shopping experience that will keep them coming back. Here is part I:

Brick-and-mortar is back in vogue and young consumers are leading the charge in the resurrection of physical retail. A hefty 98 percent of Gen Z customers make most of their purchases in physical stores and there is an obvious appeal to shopping for special event products in person. While a lack of access to credit cards may be a contributing factor to Gen Z’s preference for brick-and-mortar, their millennial predecessors can use all the plastic they want when making purchases and 72 percent of them still prefer to do their shopping in physical stores.

So, what’s the big pull of brick-and-mortar retail, and why are physical stores so alluring for millennial and Gen Z customers? Let’s take a look.

The added appeal of ‘try before you buy’

 There are certain things intelligent smartphone apps still can’t do. Customers have to visit a physical store to see how cosmetics will react on their skin, what a costume will look like with their boots and hat from home, how the fabric of a garment fits their body, or just to have an in-person sensory experience with a brand. Maybe this is why in today’s era of tech and disruption, 77 percent of Gen Z customers would rather make a purchase in-store. In addition, Gen Z is more likely to engage with store associates that any other generation. Forbes reported, “Despite being perpetually on their smartphone, Gen Z shoppers are more likely to ask for help in a store. Twenty-eight percent of them would ask for help, versus just 21 percent across all other generations.”

Judging by Gen Z’s proclivity for engaging with actual human beings, it could look like some chatbots are going to be out of a job. It’s important to note, however, that young consumers value an omnichannel shopping experience — meaning in-store, on smart phones, with chatbots, etc. — and they expect to have a consistent experience with a retailer regardless of what channel they use to interact." 

Read the full article online here


2019 Call For Nominations Now Open

Posted: January 8, 2019

Calling all passionate and driven leaders! The NCA board is looking for individuals to take the NCA to the next level!  

We are a dynamic, hardworking, ambitious and creative Board. Serving on the NCA Board is a highly rewarding experience, with opportunities for people at any stage of their career. 

Open Positions:

Read the position descriptions here

  • President (August 2019 - July 2021)
  • Vice-President (August 2019 - July 2021)
  • Treasurer (August 2019 - July 2021)*
  • Director (August 2019 - July 2021)
  • Director (August 2019 - July 2021)
  • Director (August 2019 - July 2021)

*The Treasurer position is currently vacant, if you are interested in starting the position immediately please contact [email protected] 


Sandy Powell on Designing Costumes for Two Films at Once: "It Was a Miracle"

Posted: February 13, 2019

The veteran worked on 'Mary Poppins Returns' and 'The Favourite' simultaneously — and now she's received Oscar nominations for both: "I wouldn't do it again in a hurry, because it's unlikely it could work so smoothly again."

"Sandy Powell is no stranger to the Academy Awards, with three wins already under her belt for costume design (Shakespeare in LoveThe Aviator and The Young Victoria). But with her two nominations this year — for The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns — she has become the most Oscar-nominated costume designer alive, with 14 nominations. (And it's not even her first year as a double nominee: In 2016, she received nods for both Carol and Cinderella.) This time, her workrooms for both films were created only a few yards apart at Shepperton Studios in London, where Mary Poppins Returns was filmed. She created 400 of the costumes for Mary Poppins and all 150 costumes in The Favourite from scratch. "The adrenaline kept me going," says Powell — who reveals here the first costume idea she had after reading Mary Poppins Returns (it was for the big animated sequence), the most time-consuming look in the film and why she was "determined" to do The Favourite."

Read the full article online here

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