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Mission Statement: The International Costumers' Guild, Inc., is an affiliation of amateur, hobbyist, and professional costumers dedicated to the promotion and education of costuming as an art form in all its aspects.



Ann Catelli

Congratulations to
Ann Catelli
2014 Lifetime Achievement
Award Recipient

The ICG Officers are:

  • President: Philip Gust
  • Vice-President: Aurora Celeste
  • Treasurer: Jeanine Swick
  • Corresponding Secretary: Tonya Adolfson
  • Recording Secretary: Kathe Gust


Now you can make a tax-deductible donation to the ICG General Fund, the Pat & Peggy Kennedy Archive Fund, and the Marty Gear Costuming Arts and Sciences Grant Fund. Select here for more: Make a Donation

What's New?

See all past announcement on the ICG News page.

7/8/2014 -- July-August 2014 on-line edition of the ICG's newsletter, The International Costumer, is available, featuring the ICG on social media, all about Special Interest Groups (SIGs), the evolution of Miss Lizzy's Traveling Historical Fashion Show, a CC-33 update, the CC-33 Bobby Gear memorial quilt contest, a behind the scenes visit to Western Costume and more. Select here for more: The International Costumer

5/6/2014 -- May-June 2014 on-line edition of the ICG's newsletter, The International Costumer, is available, featuring a surprise announcement by videographer Eric Cannon, the new Marty Gear Costuming Arts and Sciences Fund online, 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ann Catelli, a Steampunk Gentleman's Gentleman and more. Select here for more: The International Costumer

4/28/2014 -- ICG President Philip Gust presented another President's Award during the judging intermission of the Historical Masquerade at Costume-Con 32. The award went to masquerade videographer Eric Cannon for his service to the costuming community. See the announcement in the ICG-D Yahoo Group.

4/27/2014 -- ICG President Philip Gust presented the Lifetime Achievement Award and three President's Awards following the Sci-Fi/Fantasy masquerade at Costume-Con 32. The Lifetime Achievement Award honoree was Ann Catelli. Carole Parker, Jeanine Swick, and Susan Toker received ICG Presidents awards for their service to ICG and the costuming community. See the announcement in the ICG-D Yahoo Group.

4/25/2014 -- ICG President Philip Gust announced the election of the 2014-2015 ICG officers at the 2014 Annual Meeting that took place today. See the announcement in the ICG-D Yahoo Group.

4/13/2014 -- ICG President Philip Gust announced that the 2014 ICG members meeting will take place from 10.30-11.30am on Friday, 25 April 2014. in conjunction with Costume-Con 32. All ICG members and guests are invited to attend. He also reminded members who are not attending to complete their proxies and send them with another member who will be at the meeting. See the meeting agenda in the ICG-D Yahoo Group.

3/5/2014 -- March-April 2014 on-line edition of the ICG's newsletter, The International Costumer, is available, featuring a preview of Costume-Con 32; a review of books on Brioche Stitch Knitting, and Fashion Fabrics; Primary vs. Non-Primary Memberships explained; a new Pat & Peggy Kennedy Memorial Library YouTube Channel web series, and more. Select here for more: The International Costumer

2/24/2014 -- The annual ICG Annual Meeting will take place at Costume-Con 32 the morning of Friday, April 25th 2014. This is a chance for you to interact with fellow members, chapter board representatives and your elected officers, and to hear the 2014 Annual Report. You may also bring items of business before the membership and ask questions of the board and officers. Finally you can vote on a slate of ICG officers for the 2014-2015 term. See the announcement in the ICG-D Yahoo Group.

12/30/2013 -- January-February 2014 on-line edition of the ICG's newsletter, The International Costumer, is available, featuring coverage of a beautiful new photo book on Cosplay and the art of self-expression, a traveling exhibit of historical fashion photos from the early 1800s to the 1930s, a review of a book on a century of Hollywood costume illustration, and more. Select here for more: The International Costumer

10/31/2013 -- November-December 2013 on-line edition of the ICG's newsletter, The International Costumer, is available, featuring a report from Anime North, Flappers at Filoli, A Dr. Who costume at Dragon*Con, and more. Select here for more: The International Costumer

8/29/2013 -- September-October 2013 on-line edition of the ICG's newsletter, The International Costumer, is available, featuring a celebration of Marty Gear through memories, reminiscences, and photos contributed by his friends and family. Select here for more: The International Costumer

7/18/2013 -- The ICG mourns the passing of Marty Gear today. "In addition to his many other contributions to the costuming community, for which we honored him as the second recipient of our Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991, he was one of the founders of the ICG and served as its Executive Director from its establishment in 1985 until our incorporation in 1989," said Byron Connell, an ICG past-president in a message to the ICG board of directors. "Perhaps more than anyone else in our community, Marty was responsible for bringing masquerades and other costumed stage events to their present state." The ICG sends its condolences to his family.

"Any competition that draws both entrants and audience from outside the host country can be considered an international competition. The ICG has voted to recognize the competitions at WorldCon, at Costume-Con and at Anime North. Information on official recognition is not within the scope of this document; for more information contact the ICG Corresponding Secretary (corr-secretary@costume.org)."





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