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SPIDER-WOMAN is BACK (in Her Original Costume) with STRIKEFORCE

It’s been some time since Jessica Drew took the spotlight as Spider-Woman, but she’ll be back in action come this September, returning to her espionage roots as part of Marvel’s “ruthless” new black-ops team  Strikeforce from writer Tini Howard and artist German Peralta, according to

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How ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Uses Costumes to Denote Characters’ Mental States in Season 3

The iconic handmaid uniforms that have been seen on the steps of courthouses around the country in recent weeks are not the only focus of the story, Variety writes. 

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Dior Designer Debuts Ballet Costumes at Rome Show Dedicated to Philip Glass

Posted: April 3, 2019

Maria Grazia Chiuri, artistic director of the luxury fashion house, designed 16 costumes for the 'Nuit Blanche' performance at the Opera House.

"Maria Grazia Chiuri returned to her hometown of Rome on Thursday night to present her original costumes for the Nuit Blanche ballet, part of a multi-part dance performance dedicated to influential Academy Award-nominated American composer Philip Glass that runs through April 2 at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.

Glass has written numerous operas, symphonies, concertos, musical theatre pieces, and other chamber music, as well as film scores. His work earned him a Golden Globe for The Truman Showin 1998 (in which he has a cameo, performing at a piano) and a BAFTA Award for The Hours in 2002."

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NEW Class Added the the 2019 NCA Conference

Posted: May 1, 2019 

2019 National Costumers Association Conference

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

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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! 

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  • 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 Part 1 - Learn or re-educate yourself in the art of cutting, draping and pattern making. -Ken Burrell, Kansas City Costume Co.
  • PATTERN MAKING AND DRAPING Part 2 - You will be introduced to quality stretch fabrics and where they can be purchased. This session will also cover how to use standard store bought pattern adapted to cut garments. Ken will also explain how to easily scale down a standard Vogue or Simplicity, etc. patterns to cut the garment out of a stretch fabric. Some wonderful tricks on how to use stretch fabrics in gussets and seams will also be shared. - 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
  • 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. 


10 Tips For Boosting Traffic During Your Retail Business' 'Off-Season'

Posted: May 1, 2019 

The holidays are the busiest times of the year for retailers and customers, but in between those trademark holidays (Christmas, back to school, etc.), it can be more difficult to draw customers in.

Instead of letting your inventory pile up, consider creating your own “special events” for customers to add to their calendars. Below, 10 members of Forbes Communications Council share suggestions.

1. Host Special Experiences

Physical retail establishments still have one major advantage over e-commerce: the ability to create an all-sensory experience. Utilize your physical space to create an experience worth sharing. A clothing boutique could bring in a fashion stylist for an exclusive makeover event, a bookstore could bring in an author for a reading or a home decor store could do a painting class with a local artist. - Ryan Vetboon, Inc. 

2. Work With Influencers For A ‘Theme’ Holiday

Is it “National Best Friend Day”? What about “National Caffeine Day”? Unless you’re logged onto Instagram, who really knows? Influencers, however, love themed holidays. If you work together, you’ll be able to find the perfect pretext to develop an engaging branded event, even during the off-season. - Vivien GarnesUpfluence Inc."

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