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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!)



Costume Designer Michelle Clapton Looks Back on 8 Seasons of 'Game of Thrones' Creations and Challenges 

Posted: April 9, 2019 

"Clapton reminisces with Fashionista about her favorite Game of Thrones costumes, the tricky problem-solving her team tackled, Daenerys' internet-breaking coat and the truth about Jon Snow's fur cloak, which was actually not from Ikea (!).

Arguably no series has captured the imagination of so many people or spawned an obsessive fanbase quite the way HBO's "Game of Thrones" has, and a large part of what makes the show so appealing is its lush, detailed sets and costumes. Michele Clapton, the costume designer during the series' entire run (except for during season six when she took a break to design costumes for Netflix's "The Crown"), was the visionary behind many of the now-iconic looks.

I've had the privilege of speaking to Clapton several times about her team's creations since I started covering the show's fashion right here at Fashionista back in 2013. We've discussed everything from the Purple Wedding (RIP Joffrey!) to Sansa's own ill-fated wedding to the terrible Ramsay Bolton to Daenerys' love of deep-Vs with straps to Euron Greyjoy's knockoff Rick Owens coat.

Now, in this wide-ranging conversation with Fashionista, the Emmy-winning costume designer looks back on eight seasons of the show, telling us about her favorite looks, how she and her team got through some sticky situations and who got to keep pieces of their costumes. 

Do you have a favorite costume from the whole series?

I'm divided, really. I love Cersei's coronation dress [season six finale] because of the weird relationship it [symbolized] with her father. In some ways it was an homage to him, but in some ways, it was mocking him. I loved the way her crown had the sigil in a really clear, minimal way, which I felt indicated how she was going to move forward, in these really clean strokes. There was no room for all that went before. It was a very different approach. I liked the structure, I liked the simplicity of it, I liked everything it said without saying anything."

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4 Tips For Designing Great Storefront Signage

Posted: April 9, 2019 

"For any shop, restaurant, café or other public-facing business, the signage above the door is the first point of contact between you and the potential customers passing by – and getting that signage just right can be the key to communicating what you do and getting them through the entrance.

So what makes the difference between a good or bad storefront sign? Let’s look at four tips and considerations to help you on your journey to getting the perfect signage for your business.

Make it legible

It sounds obvious, and perhaps it should go without saying, but the absolute number one priority for any building sign is legibility (especially from a distance). Depending on your location, this might be extremely important – if your business is located next to a busy motorway or other busy road, your sign will ideally need to be read and understood by passing motorists in a matter of seconds.

This means that every element of your storefront sign will need to be appraised for visual clarity. Is your logo a little ambiguous and full of fiddly details? You might need to revisit it and rework the design.

Tactics for ensuring the legibility of your sign design might include:

  • Your choice of typography – crowded, overly decorative or cursive fonts might be difficult to read from a distance.
  • Colours and contrast – cream text on a white sign, for example, may prove near-impossible to read on a bright and sunny day. Pair darkly coloured backgrounds with lightly coloured text (or vice-versa) to ensure that all the important elements stand out.
  • Not overusing capital letters; many inexperienced designers think that putting important text in ALL CAPS somehow renders it more striking or forceful, but multiple studies have shown that a normal mix of upper and lower-case characters (as in sentence case or title case) is actually more readable, as the differing heights of characters add more points of discernment for the eye to quickly understand. In other words, if your business is called Luigi’s Pizza, don’t be tempted to put “LUIGI’S PIZZA” over the door.
  • Spacing – too many elements squashed in together might be hard to decipher. Try to make sure each part of the design (logo, text, imagery, etc) has some breathing room."

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Thank You To Everyone Who Joined/Renewed in the Month of March!

Posted: April 9, 2019 

Thank you to all that joined/renewed their membership in March!

A Masquerade (Sound Enterprise Inc dba) - Redmond, Washington
Freaky Findz, LLC - New Braunfels, Texas
Halloween Costumes 4U (VC Ventures LLC dba) - Riverside, New Jersey
Patriotic Fireworks - Indianapolis, Indiana
Teatrocentro - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Twin Cities Magic & Costume - West Saint Paul, Minnesota

NCA members -- you can search the membership directory by clicking here


NCA Offers Condolences To The Caufield Family

Posted: April 3, 2019 

The NCA would like to offer our condolences to Caufield family on the recent passing of Kim Snead. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family.

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