What sort of costumes can I wear? Is anime/video game okay?

Everything goes at CostumeCon! Replicas and originals, media characters and historical dress, movies, TV shows, cartoons, anime/manga, video games, art, concepts, mash-ups and inspirations, everything is acceptable and loved.

Can I wear hall costumes?

Of course! Please do! We all love costumes, we love seeing them and photographing them and sharing them with one another. And, not everybody is interested in competing, so feel free to just enjoy yourself in a costume the whole weekend without having to get up on stage.

There will also be roving judges handing out hall contest ribbons to costumes they really enjoy, with special theme categories each day. You might win without even trying!

Will there be meetups and photoshoots for my favorite series/game/movie?

Costume-Con does not traditionally support fandom meet-ups like you see at a lot of fan-run genre cons. If you would like to make plans with others to get together and take photos, you can do that! But don’t expect a schedule of fandom or series photoshoots one after the other. So many different types of costumes are represented at CC, and you’ll get a chance to see and photograph all of them.

But I’m afraid I’m not good enough for CC!

Don’t be! Costume-Con is not some special elite club for only experts, it’s for everyone who loves costumes, no matter what skill level.

I’m afraid I can’t come if I don’t make new costumes!

Please come! Many people who attend Costume-Con visit from all across the continent, so a costume that’s “old” to you will be brand-new to them! It’s a good opportunity to show off your favorite costumes, or break something out of retirement for one more wearing.

Can we wear purchased/commissioned costumes?

In the hallways, yes. Whatever you have, whatever you want! We only ask that purchased and commissioned costumes are not entered in any of the masquerade contests.

Do we have to wear costumes?

Not at all, nobody will require you to be in a costume just to attend the con. If you would rather go casual and spend your time soaking up the costume information and all the pretty sights, feel free!

Will I be sent a physical ticket to the con? Or my badge?

No tickets, vouchers, or badges will be mailed out prior to CC34. If you register online, your information will be automatically entered, and you may bring your confirmation if you’re worried. Mail and in-person registration will not receive a receipt unless requested. If you need confirmation that your registration has been received, email [email protected] and someone will verify it for you. At the conference, just present your ID and state your name, and we’ll be able to look you up in our database and present you with your badge and swag bag!

What happens if I register but then can’t attend?

Memberships are transferable. If you find out too late that you can’t attend and want to sell your membership to someone else at the same rate at which you originally purchased it, registration can help you with that. If you aren’t sure whether or not you’ll be able to attend but you really want to, consider purchasing a supporting membership! Supporting members only pay a portion now, and if they’re able to attend CC, can convert that membership into an attending membership by paying the rest later. More details are on the registration page.

Will there be day passes? Tickets to the masquerade?

CC34 will not be offering single-day passes, so register early for the best rate for a full-weekend badge! Even if you’re only able to attend Saturday and Sunday, you’ll still have access to everything including the progress reports, Future Fashion Folio, and the right to vote in site selection.

However, we will be offering nightly tickets to the masquerades for people who would like to view the stage shows. These tickets will not include access to any panel programming, the Dealer’s Room and Exhibit Hall, or the Consuite. It is a great way to see all the most amazing costumes of the weekend and be part of the CC atmosphere, and to allow friends and family members to watch you perform.

What are the competitions and what’s the difference?

There are two main masquerades, the Future Fashion Show, the Single Pattern contest, and the exhibition contests (the doll and tote bag contests), which are quite different. The two main masquerades, SF&F and Historical, provide the usual stage format most competitors are used to. The Sci-Fi/Fantasy, or SF&F, is the anything-goes masquerade, where both media re-creations and original costume concepts are welcome. Costumes don’t necessarily have to be specifically science-fiction or fantasy related, but the general expectation is that it’s not something strictly realistic, be that past, present, or future. You’ll see a mix of everything from media characters to amazing concepts embodied in clothing. The Historical masquerade is for historical clothing (of course), but includes ethnic dress and some historically-inspired costumes. It doesn’t have to all be exact reproductions of period clothing, there are other categories, but in general, there aren’t often many media characters seen in Historical.

In contrast, there are two more casual contests, the Future Fashion Show and the Single Pattern. The FFS has its own special rules and format, which can be seen on the info page. The Single Pattern is a very casual contest that is held during the Friday Night Social, and also has some special rules and formatting that needs to be read carefully.

Finally, there are the exhibition contests: contests where you make an item to enter ahead of time and leave on display in the exhibition room for the duration of the conference. These are the Doll Contest and the Reusable Tote Contest. Judges will inspect all entries and bestow awards, which will be announced during one of the masquerades, but unlike a masquerade or other contest, you don’t wear your creation on stage or in the halls, it remains on display for everyone to see. The doll contest is a highlight of CC, and we are proud to host the Tote Contest for CC34, in keeping with our theme, the Wonder of Nature.

What is the Future Fashion Folio?

The Future Fashion Folio is something unique to CC. It is a contest in two parts, one for designers and one for creators. Prior to CC34, you will have an opportunity to send in designs of costumes and clothing, which will be judge by a special panel and chosen for publication in the Folio. When you register for the conference, you will receive a copy of the FFF ahead of time (electronically, unless specified otherwise) to page through and maybe find a costume you would like to create. Then, at CC34, you are able to bring that costume to the Future Fashion Show to display and maybe win awards for creation. The key to the Folio is design, and unlike all the other competitions, you do not have to be a registered member of the convention to submit designs to the Folio. More information is on the Folio page.

What is site selection?

Costume-Con is a traveling convention, which means that every year, someone has to volunteer to host it in a new city. Groups like chapters of the ICG or collectives of costumers with similar interests get together and bid to host CC by putting together a committee and preparing to lay the groundwork for running a convention. Bidding is done at the current year’s Costume-Con for the one to be held three years out – for example, bidding for CC34 was done at CC31. One of the other future-cons will serve as Site Selection Commissioner, to handle the ballots for voting and the fees involved. Yes, there is a fee to vote, but it goes toward membership in that convention, so that when the votes are tallied and the winner is announced, you’ve already got a stake in the con.

Any other questions? Drop us a line at [email protected]!