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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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Get ready for great education, networking, and ALL THAT JAZZ at the 2019 NCA Conference! 

View the schedule online here.
  • 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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Why Fosse/Verdon’s Costume Designer Had No Interest in Recreating Pippin

Posted: May 1, 2019

"Fosse/Verdon costume designer Melissa Toth happily made exact replicas for CabaretDamn YankeesCan-can and more, but Pippin was a bridge too far. "When we first started prepping, I said, 'Don’t make us recreate Pippin,'" Toth says.

"It will cost like $200,000 and it’ll take a separate staff of like 10 people to do it," she remembers explaining. "The costumes for the original Broadway production of Pippin were so idiosyncratic, and so weird, that it was just gonna be a lot on our heads."

But then, the final number in Fosse/Verdon's fourth episode isn't really happening in Pippin at all—it's taking place inside Bob Fosse's head, as he teeters closer and closer towards a breakdown. This freed up the creative team to imagine something new: a medley of songs from the musical, comprising "Glory," "Simple Joys," "Finale," and more, punctuated with the performers' pleas to Fosse."

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2019 NCA Board Nominations

Calling all passionate and driven leaders! The NCA board is looking for individuals to take the NCA to the next level!  

We are a dynamic, hardworking, ambitious and creative Board. Serving on the NCA Board is a highly rewarding experience, with opportunities for people at any stage of their career. 

Open Positions:

  • President (August 2019 - July 2021)
  • Vice-President (August 2019 - July 2021)
  • Treasurer (August 2019 - July 2021)*
  • Director (August 2019 - July 2021)
  • Director (August 2019 - July 2021)
  • Director (August 2019 - July 2021)

*The Treasurer position is currently vacant, if you are interested in starting the position immediately please contact [email protected] 

Position Descriptions


The President is the inspirational leader of the Association. He/She constantly strives to improve the Association so that it becomes more valuable to the individual members. As the executive, the President is responsible for the completion of all duties listed in the Policies and Procedures manual whether assigned to elected officials or appointees.

It is the duty of the President to:

  1. Acquire a working knowledge of parliamentary law and procedure and a thorough understanding of the constitution, bylaws and standing rules of the organization.
  2. Preside over all meetings of the Association and the Board of Directors, call the meetings to order at the appointed time, announce the business before the assembly in its proper order, state and put all questions properly brought before the assembly, preserve order and decorum and decide all questions of order.
  3. Appoint Chairpersons of all specified Standing and Convention Committees and expend the right to change Chairperson/s whenever he/she feels it necessary for the good of the Association.
  4. Prepare a list of Committee appointments after elected. These appointments are to be published in the official publication of the organization, as early as possible, after the National Convention.
  5. Write a message to the membership via each official publication of the organization. 
  6. Write and distribute agendas for the Board of Directors and the Association meetings as well as the Summer Board Meeting.
  7. Serve as Chairman of National Conventions, coordinating all events with Convention Hosts and Convention Committee Chairpersons. Approve all Convention expenses.
  8. Approve and sign all contracts between the NCA and any other party after review by four board members. Be responsible for submitting copies of signed contracts to the Executive Director and Executive Committee members.
  9. Be an ex-officio member of all committees and may attend those committee meetings if he/she deems necessary.
  10. Call special meetings of the Board of Directors, if deemed necessary.
  11. Instruct the Office when and to whom any flowers or memorials are sent and inform board members of death or serious illness of member(s). 
  12. Act as liaison between the Executive Director, Treasurer and the Board of Directors.  
  13. Supervise the necessary changes and updates to the Policy and Procedures manual on an annual basis.
  14. Select at his/her discretion, the recipient of the President’s “Unsung Hero” Award and present it during the Awards program at the annual convention. Payment for this award comes from Awards-Members listed with membership expenses.  
  15. Ascertain quorum for all board meetings and Summer Board Meeting in advance of the meeting in cooperation with the Executive Director.
  16. Confirm meeting dates with Executive Director, who is responsible for giving written notice of same to the Board of Directors.
  17. Confer with the Vice-President on agendas for Board and business meetings.
  18. Review “action” plans from Board and business meetings with the Vice President to ensure follow-through on assignments.
  19. Generate a “Hotel Room Contact Sheet” for Board members at Winter Board, Convention and Summer Board meetings. 
  20. Act as liaison between the board and the Executive Director.



It is the duty of the Vice-President to: 

  1. Preside at the meetings of the Association or the Board of Directors, in the absence of the President.
  2. Perform such duties as assigned by the President or the Board of Directors.
  3. Serve as Chairperson of Grievance Committee as well as Chairperson of the Time and Place Committee (see Grievance under standing committees).
  4. Serve as Chairperson of Disaster Committee (See Disaster under standing committees).
  5. Act as the liaison between the Publications Director.
  6. Confer with the President on agendas for Board and business meetings.
  7. Confer with the President as soon as possible after each meeting to review action taken so that the President will be able to plan necessary activities before the next meeting


The Treasurer oversees all aspects of financial management, working closely with the management company to safeguard the organization's finances. This includes helping set the budget and  giving a financial update at the annual meeting.


It is the duty of the Directors is to:

  1. Manage the property and business of the NCA.
  2. Fill the vacancy of any office for the unfinished term.
  3. Employ and discharge professional association personnel, legal counsel, auditors or other professional persons; to fix fees or payments; and to assign duties of such persons or firms.
  4. Approve bills, discipline members and approve budgets.
  5. Determine the policies and activities of the association between annual meetings, and otherwise recommend actions subject to confirmation by regular members at the annual meeting.
  6. Suggest the dates of the annual meeting.


Click Here to Submit a Nomination


Questions? Contact Linda Adams-Foat at camelot[email protected]


AVENGERS: ENDGAME Cast Reveal New Costumes, Little Else At Press Day

Posted: April 25, 2019

"Whether or not the events of “The Snap” will be reversed, Avengers: Endgame marks the climax, and culmination, of 11 years of Marvel movies, as the stories of now dozens of superheroes continue to evolve, presumably in some cases towards definitive conclusions. That epic journey prompted a lot of reflection, and speculation, at the recent Los Angeles press day for Endgame, but in the interest of protecting the movie’s surprises, produced few real answers. Nevertheless, a showcase of new costumes from the upcoming film paired nicely with the observations of cast and crew members old and new as they celebrated this benchmark in Marvel’s cinematic history. 

“I’m super excited for this to come out - mostly just so that I can talk about it,” said Brie Larson, whose Captain Marvel just crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. “I want to be able to talk about my experience!” Larson went on to talk about how her ensemble turn in Endgame was so meaningful."

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