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NCA Attendees: It'll Soon Be Time To Tell Us What You're Hungering For

Calling all NCA Conference attendees: Tomorrow, you'll receive a survey from us asking what scrumptious meals you'll be having during our time together in Kansas City.

For Saturday lunch, will you be having the Baked Salmon with Lemon Pancetta Risotta and Grilled Asparagus and Tarragon Butter? Or do you fancy the the Smoked Airline Chicken Breast with Scalloped Potatoes, Balsamic Roasted Onions, and Natural Jus?

We're hungry just writing this!

So look in your email box tomorrow to select your meal options. If you're still thinking of coming to the conference, please register here to join us in Kansas City!


Welcome To Rabbitville ... Err, Kansas City

Kansas City is home to the 2019 Annual Conference of the National Costumer Association.

But ... did you know the following?

  • Swope Park, at 1,805 acres, is more than twice the size of Central Park in New York City.
  • Kansas City is the 29th most populated metropolitan area in the US.
  • The scoreboard at Arrowhead Stadium was the first to transmit instant replay.
  • Kansas City has more barbeque restaurants per capita than any other US city.
  • The Country Club Plaza, opened in 1922, was the country’s first suburban shopping district.
  • Possum Trot and Rabbitville were early name suggestions for the city. Town of Kansas was agreed upon, which later became City of Kansas and then Kansas City.

Source: KC Parent


What's New In NCA's Members-Only Community Forum

Geoff Waszek wanted to know: "Does anybody know where I can find a wholesale distributor of Medieval/Elven goddess-like Circlets and crowns?"

  • NCA Members: Find out the answer in the Community Forum here (you must be signed in to the website)
  • NCA Members: Start a new forum here (you must be signed in to the website)
  • Not a member? Join us!

Today's NCA 2019 Speaker In The Spotlight

Ken Burrell, Kansas City Costume Co.

Ken, a graduate from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Theatrical Design and Technology, speaks Friday on: "Introduction to Quality Stretch Fabrics and Their Adaptation to Store-Bought Patterns"

Ken's professional career began as an apprentice milliner for Colorado Shakespeare Festival in 1998. Since then he has worked as a wig/ make-up artist for the Utah Festival Opera, The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Utah Opera. While at Utah Opera, Ken was a stitcher and worked his way up to first-hand. In 2001, he moved to Kansas City and began working for Kansas City Costume Company where he learned cutting and draping which led him to becoming the head cutter/ draper for women’s clothing at Utah Opera and eventually a staff designer at Kansas City Costume Company. At KCCC Ken heads the Performance Wear Division which creates performance costumes for dance teams, special studio designs, and any person or group requiring clothing incorporating stretch fabrics.

Check out the entire 2019 NCA Conference schedule -- and there's still time to register to join us!


Stefan Cooke Reimagines Period Costume as College Attire

Scouring costume archives for inspiration, the duo created preppy headbands, loose-knit argyle sweater vests, and intricate—at times painstaking—laced up details from calico, Document Journal writes. 

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