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2019 NCA Conference - Auction News

Posted: February 6, 2019

We have an amazing auction planned for those attending. It will be a silent auction with items from all over the country. Our Vendor members and other vendors were very generous in donations for our last convention. This year we hope to exceed your expectations. The auction will be a “silent” auction, where members and guests cast bids on the items as they appear on display. (It is always fun to try and beat “Louella” to the last bid). Auction items will also be available online for those who cannot attend. 

This year we are planning on also conducting a live auction on 5 or more specialty items. These items will be announced early in 2019. The specialty auction items will consist on hand made items, exclusive costumes built by some of our members and other unique one of a kind  items. Dennis Markel , from the Illusive Skull Costume Castle, will be our auctioneer for  this special auction. So … it is guaranteed to be a “fun” evening. Save your money and plan on having a great time with old and new friends.

If you are interested in donating to the silent auction, submit your donation online here


Lucky 13

Posted: February 6, 2019 

This article is from Party & Paper Magazine. 

"Predicting a television show or video game that will become a pop culture phenomenon can be a tricky endeavor. Who knew “Fortnite” would be such a smash hit and Halloween influencer?

Movies, on the other hand, seem to be a little more predictable. Sure, trends change, licenses rise and fall and movies flop. But superheroes, science fiction, horror and animated are the safest bet when it comes to movies that take off with costumers. 

Here is our annual list of movies due out this year that will likely impact the world of costuming and licenses. (The movies are listed in order of scheduled release, which, as always, is subject to change.)

The Prodigy | Feb. 8

This could be influential the way “The Nun” was in 2018. Miles’ half-painted face and multicolored eyes look creepy. 

Captain Marvel | March 8

The recent popularity of female heroines makes this flick fit the Wonder Woman recipe for success. Marvel Universe movies, in general, have a good track record of success."

Read the full article online at


NCA Welcomes 8 New Buyer Members

Posted: February 6, 2019 

The NCA would like to give a warm welcome to our new Buyer members:

DLP Unlimited
Fun F/X
Halloween HQ
Humbug Costumes
Looks Costuming on Haight St
Neen's Costume Emporium, LLC
Spotlight Characters
The Life of the Party

NCA members - you can search the NCA directory by clicking here. Not a member? Please join us! 


2019 HPE Show Costumes

Posted: January 31, 2019

We hope that everyone who attended the 2019 Halloween and Party Expo had a wonderful show! For those of you who didn't attend, the NCA booth displayed some wonderful costumes that were all designed by our Board members.

Afternoon Tea with the First Lady
This Colonial tea gown is perfect for an afternoon tea with Martha, Abigal or Dolly. The gown is in a soft color palette of Praline and Cream with accents in Orchid Pink. The costume is 100% machine washable in cold water, but please hang to dry. The gown is a plus size and can range from a size 20 to 26 and is made very flexible with the corseted back.

This costume will be auctioned off at the National Costumers Association Conference in Kansas City, MO in July. Proceeds will benefit the NCA Scholarship fund. Bids can also be made online during the conference.

This costume made and donated by: Camelot Costumes, LLC


This brooding day dress was created for a supporting character in JEKYLL AND HYDE by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse.  It was made of black bengaline, velvet and brocade.  The appliqués were hand designed and then constructed in India.  A small pad gives form to the bustle period while providing comfort and a quick change for the actress.

This costume made and donated by: Ibsen Costume Gallery


Full Figured Gothic Vampire Bustle Dress
This dress is constructed from an embossed satin fabric. The corset style bodice has boning for extra support and a panel in the back to allow expansion for multiple sizes. The bustle skirt has an adjustable wist and a rich burgundy satin inlay in the back bustle. 

This costume made and donated by: The Illusive Skull Costume Castle


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Participate In The 2019 Student Creative Event

Posted: January 31, 2019

The NCA is excited to present a wonderful opportunity for a costume design scholarship. We will be holding our 5th Student Creative Event that is open to all costume and fashion design students. The competition will conclude with a runway show and a project presentation at the conference site in Kansas City on that weekend. One $1500 scholarship will be given to the winner. Student memberships to the National Costumers Association will be given to all finalists.

To qualify, the student must complete and submit an application by April 1, 2019. They must present their completed costume in a video presentation by May 31, 2019.  At this time up to 6 finalists will be chosen.  Students may use a costume designed in a class project.  The finalists will be notified and will be asked to present their entire project to the general membership in a runway show at the convention.  The finalists will need to present their complete project in a display which needs to include the costume and a written presentation of all design materials requested. If the student is unable to attend, they may send their entire project including costume to be modeled or displayed during the event. All materials will be returned to the contestant at the completion of the conference.

View the criteria and application for the event. 

We hope this will be a fun and exciting competition that will introduce your students to the world of costume design and the National Costumers Association.

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