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The Magic Behind Boston’s Caribbean Carnival Costumes

Posted: August 8, 2018 

"With scarcely a month before Caribbean Carnival, members of the Soca & Associates masquerade band are busily attending to the construction of their costumes. Master costume builder Ronald “Barney” Blaize is working on the largest — a 30-foot high by 20-foot wide costume for the Soca & Associates queen.

For now, it’s a mass of wire, fiberglass and netting being assembled in the front and rear yards of the Dorchester triple decker at 120 Mt. Ida Rd. that has for decades served as the Soca & Associates mas’ camp, a place where masquerade bands assemble costumes in the months before Caribbean Carnival.

When it’s finished, what will it look like?

Blaize points to a pen-and-ink drawing of a butterfly-like winged creature. Asked whether it’s indeed a butterfly, Blaize gives an answer that gets at the heart of the Carnival aesthetic.

“The thing is about it, it’s in your mind,” Blaize says. “It’s a subliminal message. It creates interest. When you see a costume, it relates to so many things.”

Finished in gold, white and copper tones and replete with metallic foil scales, feathers and sequins, the costume will be worn by the band’s queen with a harness that fits over her shoulders, and the bulk of its heft being borne by a set of wheels behind. The mass of colors, shapes and textures should function as a three-dimensional Carnival-themed Rorschach test for spectators, and more importantly, for the panel of judges who Blaize hopes will give the band a first-place finish in the King and Queen competition, usually held in the week before Carnival." 

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Only 83 Days Until Halloween!

Posted: August 8, 2018 


Get Excited For The 2019 NCA Conference in Kansas City, MO

Posted: July 5, 2018

Posted: July 5, 2018

Save the dates for the 2019 NCA Conference, July 18 - 21 in downtown (tentatively) Kansas City, Missouri.

Here's what you can expect! 

  • A pre-conference on Thursday with great activities planned around Kansas City
  • Two full days of dynamic education (offering multiple classes to cover a wider variety of interest)
  • Networking with old and NEW friends!
  • The amazing silent auction will be back

More details will be coming soon. In the meantime, learn more about all the fun Kansas City has to offer online here



Rubie’s Howie Beige receives Disney lifetime achievement award

Posted: July 9, 2018 

"The executive vice president of Rubie’s Costume Company has been presented with a lifetime award by Disney at the annual showcase, which took place at Kings Place in London earlier today.

Howie Beige was presented with the accolade by Disney's Simon Phillips.Howie Beige was presented with the accolade by Disney’s Simon Phillips.

Disney’s AW19 Retail Showcase gave licensees, retailers and other industry experts a preview of what’s in store across the entire Disney brand portfolio, including Pixar, Disney Live Action, Disney Classics and Star Wars. The day’s events were then followed with a prestigious awards ceremony and drinks reception, where Howard was presented with the award.

Howard – who is better-known as Howie throughout the industry – is the executive vice president of Rubie’s Costume Company and has been working closely with Disney for many years.

He was presented with the prestigious award by Simon Phillips, The Walt Disney Company’s executive vice president and general manager, consumer products.

“At Disney we don’t always give out a lifetime achievement award because when we do, we take it very seriously,” said Simon, as he prepared to present the award. “The individual who recieves the award has to have contributed something not just to Disney but to the industry that is so monumental that they can be an indictee into the Disney Hall of Fame.”

He continued; “This individual always produces the very best product for us, their company is synonymous with Disney. Every franchise that we produce, they produce. And they produce it with a smile on their face and bring smiles to the faces of people around the world every day. Especially on Halloween!”

Rubie’s European relationship with Disney began with High School Musical in 2006 and has now extended to the entire Disney and Marvel portfolio as well as Lucas Films."

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Ant-Man & The Wasp's Costume Designer Spills Insider Secrets

Posted: July 11, 2018

"Look closely at the pattern in Ant-Man and the Wasp's costumes from the movie Ant-Man and the Wasp, out July 3. What do you see? According to one popular Reddit-born theory, the superheroes' costumes contain outlines of the insects that inspired them. Allegedly, there's an ant face in Ant-Man's costume, and a wasp face in the Wasp's.
Unfortunately, Louise Frogley is here to disprove that theory. Veteran costume designer Frogley is the visionary behind the costumes for three Marvel movies: Iron Man 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and, most recently, Ant-Man and the Wasp. She, of all people, would know whether Ant-Man and the Wasp's costumes indeed possessed the faces of an ant and a wasp embedded on their surfaces — and they don't. "We were trying to be Easter egg free. I wish I’d thought of that. I’m very sorry," Frogley told Refinery29 over the phone.
While Frogley squashed our desire to perpetuate this costume Easter egg, she did spill some fascinating secrets about the grueling process behind Marvel's costumes, and what happens to all of the costumes when the movie is done (the answer is top secret)."
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