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NCA Offers Condolences to the Williamson Family

Posted: January 17, 2018

The NCA would like to offer our condolences to the family of former NCA member. 

Joyce Hilary Williamson, Gilbert & Sullivan aficionado dies at 77. Resident of Blue Bell (formally Malvern), predeceased by her husband Ian Williamson. She was a Singer, Director, Producer, Stage Manager, Owner of Irving Stern’s & Pierre’s Costumes, and animal lover. She studied opera in Belgium under several notable international opera singers. She was a member of Rose Valley Chorus, G&S Society of Chester County, Berks Grand Opera, Wayne Oratorio, The Savoy Company, and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Brussels, among many others. Memorial service: January 22 at 7pm.  Normandy Farms Estates 9000 Twin Silo Drive Blue Bell, PA 19422

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research -


Winners Of The Costume Auction Announced

Posted: January 16, 2018

Congratulations to our winners of the NCA Costume Auction:

Glenn Alexander and Gary Broadrick - "Eleanor" created by Linda Adams-Foat with Camelot Costumes

Melissa Mouse - "Marie Antoinette" created by Pam Markel with Illusive Skull Castle

The proceeds of the auction go towards the NCA scholarship program. Learn more about the scholarship program.


Exhibiting At A Trade Show? Let Us Know!

Posted: January 16, 2018

If you are attending an event as an exhibitor, please let the NCA know! We would like to provide you with promotional materials to help attract new members of the National Costumers Association. All you need to do is let us know what show you are going to, when it is, and how many people are attending the event. We will then supply you with information about the NCA for your booth. Please send your information to [email protected].




3 Ways The Boundaries of Retail Are Expanding

Posted: January 16, 2018

How should retailers view the industry’s future at a time of rapid change? Presenting at NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show, Kate Ancketill, CEO of retail trends consultancy GDR Creative Intelligence, described the need for “platform thinking,” where retailers offer radically diverse sets of experiences and products across an unprecedented number of channels.

Trends such as market fragmentation, changing consumer behavior, overstoring and the rise of experiences versus products are fundamentally changing the retail landscape. In Ancketill’s view, retailers must adapt by being more than retailers. “The retailers best positioned in the future will be those who adopt a more expansive definition of retail itself … open[ing] our minds to what retail can be,” she said.

Retailers of all sizes must now think like Amazon and other platform-style companies, finding new, creative offerings that both “sweat assets and delight consumers.” Saying the “retail machine” is broken, Ancketill described the need for legacy retail to “build something that is more dynamic, adaptable and responds to a fragmented market.”

But how? Retailers who are successful in this approach are incorporating the rich array of new technologies and data now available, while also maximizing the best of what they are right now, allowing them to expand offerings and experiences across new locations, channels and moments across the customer journey.  

While the industry is in the initial stages of this evolution, retail pioneers have launched experiments that illustrate what this means in the real world. 

Members, click here to read the full story. 


The 2018 Annual Business Meeting Will Be Held Tomorrow

Posted: January 12, 2017

The Annual Meeting will be held Saturday, January 13 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130 in Room 240-241. At the meeting the membership will be voting on bylaws changes (below in red) and voting on the re-election of Directors, Terri Greenberg, Pam Markel, and Louella Torrence. 



Duties of the Board of Directors

A. The government of the association shall be vested in the Board of Directors, the members of which shall be elected at large by the members of the NCA at their annual meeting. Any vacancy occurring among the Directors during the term shall be filled by a vote of the remaining members of the Board who shall elect a qualified member to serve until the proper annual meeting of this association.

B. The Board shall have the authority:

  1. To manage the property and business of the NCA.
  2. To suggest the dates of the annual meeting.
  3. To adjust the membership categories as necessary
  4. To conduct business electronically
  5. To serve as a grievance committee.
  6. To fill the vacancy of any office for the un-expired term.
  7. To direct the policy, size and cost of publishing the association’s official publication.
  8. To employ and discharge professional association management personnel, legal counsel, auditors, or other professional persons, to fix fees or payments and to assign duties of such persons or firms.
  9. To approve bills, discipline members, and approve budgets.

10. To determine the policies and activities of the association between annual meetings, and otherwise subject to confirmation by regular members of the annual meeting. 



A. There shall be one annual membership meeting (or convention) of this association each year unless otherwise determined by a vote of the membership.

B. The time and place of each annual membership meeting shall be recommended by the Board of Directors to the entire membership, but the final decision regarding time and place shall be determined by a majority of the votes cast by eligible voters at the annual membership meeting. The Board of Directors shall retain the final decision on time of the meeting. The Annual Business Meeting may be held electronically. 

Make sure to stop by the NCA booth at the Halloween & Party Expo Show to renew your membership, catch up with old friends, and pick up some NCA swag! NCA will be at booth number 2543.


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