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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.

7/14/2013 -- ICG Treasurer Jeanine Swick has announced that the 2nd Quarter financial report is now avaliable. View ICG financial statements here.

6/28/2013 -- July-August 2013 on-line edition of the ICG's newsletter, The International Costumer, is available, with a CC-31 pictorial roundup and a look forward to CC-32 and 33. Then ride into the sunset to LoneStarCon3, as Masquerade Director Jill Eastlake tells us about the show and a special masquerade theme. Select here for more: The International Costumer

6/2/2013 -- ICG Recording Secretary Kathe Gust has posted the draft minutes of the 2013 ICG Annual Meeting, held on May 17th at Costume-Con 31 in Aurora, Colorado. These minutes, with any corrections she receives, will be proposed for approval at the 2014 ICG Annual Meeting. View the the agenda and muinutes here.

5/19/2013 -- ICG President Philip Gust presented two Lifetime Achievement Awards and three President's Awards following the Sci-Fi/Fantasy masquerade at Costume-Con 31. Lifetime Achievement Award winners were Tina Connell and Dawn McKechnie. Pierre Pettinger, Bruce Mai and Nora Mai received ICG Presidents awards, "For Extraordinary Service to ICG in Preserving and Sharing its History." See the announcement in the ICG-D Yahoo Group.

5/18/2013 -- ICG President Philip Gust announced that the current ICG officers were re-elected at the 2013 Annual Meeting, to serve until the 2014 Annual Meeting. See the announcement in the ICG-D Yahoo Group.

5/17/2013 -- At the ICG Annual meeting today, ICG Recording Secretary Kathe Gust announced that the Costumer's Quarterly archive is now available. This archive contains digital facsimilies of Costumer's Quarterly magazine, published by ICG between 1987 and 2001. See a write-up of the annoucement in the ICG-D Yahoo Group.

4/27/2013 -- ICG President Philip Gust announced the annual ICG members meetings that will take place at Costume-Con-31, and called on members who are not attending to fill out and send their proxies with another member who will be there. See the announcement in the ICG-D Yahoo Group

4/26/2013 -- May-June 2013 on-line edition of the ICG's newsletter, The International Costumer,is available, featuring an article on the ICG's Archive Roadshow, and preview of what's in store at Costume-Con 31. Select here for more: The International Costumer

4/24/2013 -- ICG President Philip Gust has announced the appointment of three members to the ICG Communications and Public Relations Committee. See the full annoucment in the ICG-D Yahoo Group.

3/1/2013 -- March-April 2013 on-line edition of the ICG newsletter, The International Costumer, is available, featuring the next installment in the series on ICG Lifetime Achievement Award Winners: Kevin Roche, 2007 recipient. Select here for more: The International Costumer

12/28/2012 -- January-February 2013 on-line edition of the ICG newsletter, The International Costumer, is available, featuring a roundup of 2013 movies for costumers, a review of the "Styling an American Family: The 1910's" clothing exhibit at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, and a look ahead to WesterCon 66. Select here for more: The International Costumer

11/22/2012 -- ICG President Philip Gust has announced the confirmation of Carole Parker as editor of ICG's newsletter, The International Costumer. See the full annoucment in the ICG-D Yahoo Group.

11/18/2012 -- November-December 2012 on-line edition of the ICG newsletter, The International Costumer, is available, featuring an interview with past ICG Lifetime Achievement Award winner Karen Schnaubelt, and a profile of the New Jersey-New York Costumers Guild! Select here for more: The International Costumer

10/18/2012 -- ICG President Philip Gust has announced the appointment of six members to the ICG Publications Committee. See the full annoucment in the ICG-D Yahoo Group.

9/20/2012 -- September-October 2012 on-line edition of the ICG newsletter, The International Costumer, is available, featuring coverage of the ChiCon 2012 masquerade winners! Select here for more: The International Costumer

9/1/2012 -- ICG President Philip Gust has announced the appointment of seven members to the ICG Technology and Web Committee. See the full annoucment in the ICG-D Yahoo Group.

8/19/2012 -- ICG President Philip Gust has announced the appointment of three members to the ICG Budget and Finance Committee. See the full annoucment in the ICG-D Yahoo Group.

8/11/2012 -- The agenda and minutes for the 2012 ICG annual board and general membership meeting are now available. The meeting was held at CostumeCon 30 in Tempe Arizona on May 11th, 2012. Thanks to outgoing Recording Secretary Aurora Celeste for compiling the detailed meeting minutes, and to assistant webmaster Carole Parker for making them available through the Annual Meeting Minutes page on the ICG website.

6/30/2012 -- July-August 2012 on-line edition of the ICG Newsletter is available, featuring an interview with ICG's latest Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Penny Lipman, plus a member discussion on "buggy feathers," and a ICG chapter profile. Select here for more: The ICG Newsletter

6/25/2012 -- May-June 2012 on-line edition of the ICG Newsletter is available, featuring the announcement of ICG's latest Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Penny Lipman, plus complete coverage and results of the Costume-Con 30 Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Historical Masquerades, Doll Costume and Single-Pattern Contests, Future Fashion Portfolio, Quilt Show, and CC Runway! Select here for more: The ICG Newsletter

5/13/2012 The ICG is proud to present Penny Lipman with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. Penny is the 23rd recipient of ICG's higest honor. See Penny's LAA citation to learn more about her achievements!

5/11/2012 The ICG Board of Directors is happy to welcome Philip Gust as President, Aurora Celeste as Vice President, and Kathe Gust as Recording Secretary. Jeanine Swick was re-elected as Treasurer, and Jan Price was re-elected as Corresponding Secretary. The board would also like to extend its thanks to Ann Catelli, who has completed her most recent term as President, for her service to ICG. Visit the Officer Profiles page to learn more about our 2012-2013 officers.

5/5/2012 -- The ICG Standing Rules were recently updated with six amendments approved by the Board of Directors. The amendments reorganize certain existing Standing Rules and related Board actions into a simple framework that is easier to understand and more flexible to maintain by focusing on functions and the roles of those responsible for carrying them out. Select here for more: ICG Standing Rules

4/17/2012 -- March-April 2012 on-line edition of the ICG Newsletter is available, featuring two book reviews, the final installment on the ICG archives, and 17th C. digital images -- on a loom! Select here for more: The ICG Newsletter

2/18/2012 -- January-February 2012 on-line edition of the ICG Newsletter is available, featuring the 2011 ICG financial report, and a Star Wars costuming book, just in time for the new 3D release of The Phantom Menace. Select here for more: The ICG Newsletter

1/25/2012 -- The 2012 ICG budget has been approved by the Board of Directors. You can view the budget and all ICG financial documents here: ICG 2012 Budget

1/12/2012 -- ICG chapters covered under the ICG's Group Exemption Letter (GEL) should begin the process of gathering up and submitting their 2011 financial reports. These chapters are recognized as exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Code Select here for details: GEL Important information for all US Chapters

12/24/2011 -- ICG Financial Statements from 2003-2011 are now available on-line. Select here for more: ICG Financial Statements

12/2/2011 -- November-December 2011 on-line edition of the ICG Newsletter is available, featuring coverage of the WorldCon 69 masquerade. Select here for more: The ICG Newsletter

11/30/2011 -- Inspired by the cold weather there is a big update to the convention list including a number of new conventions in the US and Abroad (because costuming is international!). See the Uncoming Conventions page for details. If you know of a convention that should be added (no Japanese ones yet) or see a bug, please drop a note to the website team at webmaster@costume.org.

11/10/2011 -- The ICG has several standing committes, including ones that oversee budgets and finance, fundraising, PR, publications such as the newsletter, and technical and web iniatives such as this website and the ICG gallery. Your input and suggestions are welcome. See the new "Standing Committees" section on the Officers & Board page for descriptions and contact information.

8/30/2011 -- The minutes of the 2011 ICG Board of Directors Meeting and General Meeting, held on at Costume-Con 29 in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ., is now available. Select here for more: 2011 ICG Meeting Minutes

6/15/2011 -- May-June 2011 on-line edition of the ICG Newsletter is available, with special coverage of Costume-Con 29! Select here for more: The ICG Newsletter

5/5/2011 The ICG is proud to present Jill Eastlake with the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award. Jill is the 22nd recipient of ICG's higest honor. See Jill's LAA citation to learn more about her achievements!

5/1/2011 The ICG Board of Directors is happy to welcome Jan Price as its new Corresponding Secretary. Jan has extensive experience in the costuming community and has held numerous ICG and chapter offices. The board would also like to extend its thanks to Kelli Lynch, who has completed her most recent term as Corresponding Secretary, for her service to ICG.

4/30/2011 ICG President Ann Catelli announced that Jill Eastlake is the 2011 recipient of the ICG Lifetime Achievement Award. Jill's costuming, running of masquerades and conventions (including Costume-Con 18 in Hartford, CT), and other hard work well qualified her for the honor. Jill's citation on the ICG Lifetime Achievement Award page will appear shortly.

2/7/2011 ICG President Ann Catelli invites members to submit agenda items for the ICG annual meeting. The meeting will take place at Costume-Con 29, which runs from April 29 to May 2, 2011.

1/21/2011 Nominations are open for the ICG Lifetime Achievement Award. Please send Ann Catelli the name and a brief costuming biography of the person. Nominations must be received by February 25, 2011 in order to have enough time for the voting. See the Lifetime Achievement Award page for full details.

1/15/2011 -- January-February 2011 on-line edition of the ICG Newsletter is available! Select here for more: The ICG Newsletter

10/1/2010 -- November-December 2010 on-line edition of the ICG Newsletter is available! Select here for more: The ICG Newsletter

9/1/2010 -- Now you can make a tax-deductible donation to the ICG General Fund and the ICG Kennedy Archive and Photo Gallery Fund. Select here for more: Make a Donation

9/1/2010 -- Welcome to our newest guilds:

5/15/2010 -- The ICG Board of Directors authorized the publication of the ICG Newsletter in both a black & white print edition and a full-color on-line edition.

1/20/2010 -- The ICG Board of Directors voted to recognize Anime North as an International Competition on December 21, 2009.   The ICG Document, IGC Guidlines: Ensuring Fair Competition fourth paragraph under CONTEXT was modified to read as follows:

07/01/2009--Patrick J. O'Connor, member of the Chicagoland Costumer Guild, became the new Newsletter editor

05/01/2009--The following were elected at Costume Con 27 as the 2009 ICG officers:

03/05/2008--Nominations for ICG Officers are now officially open until March 26, 2008. Qualifications can be found at http://www.costume.org/documents/bylaws.html and at http://www.costume.org/documents/StandingRules.html. Positions available are: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary. Nominations should be sent to the ICG President at icg-president@costume.org.

03/03/2008--Lifetime Achievement Award nominations are now closed as of 3/3/2008.

The ICG is accepting nominations for the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. The LAA, the highest honor the ICG pays to costumers, recognizes "a body of achievement in the costuming art and service to the costuming community." Candidates for the award:

Nominations can be made by any ICG member and are due by the end of February. Send your nominations to the President at icg-president@costume.org. For additional information and a display of past winners, go to the Lifetime Achievement Award Page (link at left).

01/14/08--We are most pleased to announce that the Kansas City Costumer's Guild has joined the ranks of the ICG! Details can be found over on the chapters page.

12/27/07--Updates have been made to the BOD motions page (you should go out there for some big upcoming news!), the officers and chapters pages, and the conventions page. More to come!

11/19/07--A laurel and hardy handshake to the Denver Costume & Cosplay Society! Details can be found over on the chapters page.

10/23/07--Effective this month the dues for ICG membership have been increased to $8 for an individual, and $4 per household membership.

08/23/07--Two October conventions--MileHiCon and VCon--have been added to the Conventions page.

07/15/07--The ICG is pleased to debut the Contributors' Photo Galleries and the Pat and Peggy Kennedy Memorial Library Gallery for your viewing pleasure!

05/16/07--A big welcome to the Middle Tennessee Costumer's Guild! Details can be found over on the chapters page.

04/13/07--A big welcome to the Armed Costumers Guild, led by Henry Osier! Details can be found over on the chapters page.

Updates have been made to the BOD motions section, the Lifetime Achievement Award page, the Convention listings, the costuming resources page, the chapters and the officers' pages. See left side for links.

Kevin Roche



Congratulations to Kevin Roche, winner of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award!


The ICG Officers for 2007 are:

02/08/07--Added a new section to the ICG Website: The ICG Financial Statements page.

01/16/07--A very special welcome to the ICG's newest chapter, The SouthEastern Costumers' Society! Details can be found on our Chapters page.

01/09/07--President Nora Mai is taking nominations for the 2007 ICG Lifetime Achievement Award. Any ICG member in good standing can nominate someone for the LAA by sending their nomination (including a paragraph or two on why you wish to nominate said person) to the ICG President either via snail or email. For more information read this post to the ICG list. Deadline for nominations is January 30, 2007.

11/01/06--Updated the Dallas-Fort Worth Costumer Guild's contact information. Their website is located at http://www.dfwcg.org. Be sure to pay them a visit!

10/15/06--Convention listings have been updated for your reading pleasure.

09/18/06--The July and August BOD minutes are available for your reading enjoyment.

Aurora Celeste suggests you check out the Dragon*Con Masquerade review and winners list over at http://dailydragon.dragoncon.net/2006/29.htm

09/13/06--You can all breathe a relative sigh of relief; Worldcon and Dragon*Con are over and done with. Of course there's still Archon coming up early next month, so don't think you're off easy!

According to Martin Jacquish, this year's Worldcon masquerade had 33 entries, 15 of which were re-creations, 17 original designs, and 1 with both original and re-creation elements.The largest group numbered 14, making for a total of 90 participants plus one small dog!

We'll have a complete list of winners shortly, but the "Best In" winners include:

09/07/06--Costumers Guild West has chosen to withdraw from the International Costumers Guild. Updates to the officers and chapters pages have been made per their decision. We have added CGW in our resource links page.

08/09/06--Added more costuming resource and costumer web site links. Also, for those attending Worldcon we especially want to point out the importance of voting for Hollister in 2008! For more information, visit the Hollister in 2008 website.

08/09/06--Updated the convention listings, the costuming resource links page, and added the latest Board of Direction motion.

07/23/06--The Annual Meeting minutes for 1998-1999 and 2002-2006 have been given a page of their own under the BOD header to the left. June and July BOD minutes have been posted to the Minutes section.

07/09/06--The link to the Southwest Costumers Guild has been updated.The convention listings have been brought up to date. The Standing Rules reflect the recent vote regarding multiple-chapter memberships. We've changed the mailing list page to reflect costuming related forums as well. If you know of any conventions or forums that we don't list, please--EMAIL ME!

06/28/06--We've added email information for contacting the Fibre Artists and the Western Pennsylvania chapters. We've also installed the ratified Masquerade Guidelines--see the link to the left to check them out.

06/14/06--We have some contact information available for the new Dallas/Ft. Worth and Canadian Fibre Artists chapters on the Chapters listing. We will be making further updates as they come in.

06/08/06--Barb Schofield has been added to the Lifetime Achievement Award page as its 2006 recipient.

05/31/06--The 2006 ICG Officers are:

Updates to the Officers page will be forthcoming as soon as we have details.

Welcome to the three new chapters of the ICG: the Dallas/Fort Worth Costumers Guild, the Fibre Fantasy Artists of Canada, and the Costumers Guild of Western Pennsylvania! Details will be made available soon.

05/22/06--The ICG is pleased to announce the grand opening of Glitziana's Gear!

05/20/06--The ICG-D list now has an RSS feed available on LiveJournal. http://syndicated.livejournal.com/icglist

05/10/06--Signe Merrifield has provided us with a Media Costuming Resources List, courtesy of the efforts from several people, including Mary Alice Ladd (moderator), Maggie, Shanti Fader, and Kim Kindya. Maggie believes that the original list may have come from a Balticon panel that she was on with Sue Toker and others; this list was used at the Media Costuming Panel at Lunacon 2006. Our grateful thanks to these intrepid costumers for allowing us to post the list here.

05/03/06--The Candidates for the 2006 ICG Officer positions are:

Several candidates have introduced themselves either on a web page or in the ICG-D list--links to those posts have been added for your benefit.

Please also note that the Board of Director Mailing List archives are now available for all and sundry to peruse. The link to the archives can be found in the list on the left side of this page.

04/24/06: The final version of the proposed changes to the ICG's Masquerade Guidelines has been added. We urge everyone to read them over at http://www.costume.org/guidelines-committee/.

04/23/06:The tentative agenda for the Annual Meeting (held at CC24) is now available at this location for your viewing pleasure.

03/24/06:Carl Mami has resigned as President of the ICG. Nora Mai has become Acting President (A-Pres) for the remainder of the term.

03/24/06: The Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild has withdrawn from the ICG.

CostumeCon 24 is set for May 26-28, 2006 in Des Moines, IA. You can find out more about the convention by visiting http://cc24.dmsfs.org/.

The ICG's annual meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 26. Among the issues to be discussed and voted on are the proposed changes to the ICG's Masquerade Guidelines. We urge everyone to read them over at http://www.costume.org/guidelines-committee/.

If you're unable to attend the meeting at CC24, you can still make your thoughts known by filling out a proxy statement (found at http://www.costume.org/documents/proxy.html) and handing it to someone who will be attending.

The ICG will begin taking nominations for the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award on February 25, 2006. More information on the LAA and a gallery of past winners can be found at http://www.costume.org/lifetime/lifetime.html.

01/05/2006--The chapter information for the Greater Delaware Valley Costumers' Guild has been updated on the chapter information page.

12/01/2005--The 2002-2004 issues of the ICG Newsletter are now available in .pdf format. They can be found on the brand-new Newsletter section of the site. Also, congratulations to Denisen Hartlove, our new editor!

08/07/2005--As you might have noticed on our front page, Barbara Ann Butcher "Bobbie" Gear, fellow costumer and wife of Marty Gear, passed away on June 25. A special memorial service was held on August 6. The ICG web site was darkened in her honor.

05/16/2005--Updated the ICG Standing Rules.

05/02/2005--Congratulations to Cat Devereaux, the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner!

03/03/2005--The ICG has officially disbanded the Greater Sacramento Area Costumers Guild.

03/02/2005--Added bios for all of the Lifetime Achievement Award winners. Thank you Karen and Ricky Dick for all your help in getting that done.

02/23/2005--Updated the Silicon Valley Guild's contact information, updated the "Helpful Hands" section of the ICG Officers page, added the 2004 budget and the 2005 Personal Property report to the Documents section, and had a nice cup of tea afterwards.

02/16/2005--Mike Bollow is planning a re-enactment convention for the Chicago area, and he's looking for input. Mike has a ten-question survey he'd like interested parties to fill out at http://members.aol.com/soldaten/reenactor_fest.html.

02/15/2005--Added two new motions being discussed by the Board of Directors.

01/31/2005--Added SiliCon 2005 and updated the dates for Anime Central in the Conventions section.

01/25/2005--"The ICG Guidelines Committee has released the second draft of the new proposed Fairness Guidelines. You can review the draft at http://www.costume.org/guidelines-committee/.

04/12/2004--Updated the ICG Officers and Contacts page to reflect the election of Sandy Pettinger to the position of Corresponding Secretary. Also updated the Chicago and Greater Bay Area chapter presidents. More to come.

Also updated the Board of Directors voting page to reflect the results on Motion 0304-01 (Establishment of a committee to review and revise the ICG Masquerade Guidelines) and added Motion 04004-01 (Raise dues from $4 to $6 per person per year).

Most importantly, Pat Kennedy has been added to the ICG Lifetime Achievement Award Winners Page.

02/08/2004--Added the 2003 Annual Meeting Minutes to the documents section.

02/07/2004--Made the following updates:

9/24/03--Added the President's message for September 2003.

7/29/03--Added the brand new ConJose (Worldcon) Masquerade Photo Section to the Gallery page.

7/15/03--Added the chapter representatives of the ICG Board of Directors to the Officers page.

7/11/03--Added the President's message for July 2003.

7/05/03--Made some layout changes and updated the site here and there. Compliments and complaints can be sent to the webguy.

6/29/03--The Chicago Costumers Guild has a new address for their web site:http://ChiCostume.org.

6/25/03--Torcon3, site of this year's Worldcon, has added the stage diagrams for the masquerade. View them at http://members.rogers.com/pxlbarrel/torcon3costume/stage.htm.

6/11/03--The Publications Page has been updated with some important information concerning the Costumers' Quarterly and the ICG Newsletter.

6/5/03--The new President's Message for June has been posted.

4/27/03--CostumeCon 21 has ended, and new slate of ICG officers has taken office (see below). Congratulations to each and every one of them, and a heartfelt thanks to those who served the Guild during the past year.

The ICG is pleased to announce that the 2003 Lifetime Achivement Award has been given to Victoria Ridenour and Adrian Butterfield. A photo has been added in their honor to the Lifetime Achivement Award page, but if anyone has a photo they feel is better suited to the page, please contact the Web Guy.

Here are a few links to photos taken at CC21:

Special thanks to Mary Alice for providing the links. If you've got photos up and want to share them with everyone, contact the Webguy and give him the links.

The 2003 budget for the ICG has been finalized and can be found in the documents section. You can view how the chapters voted on the issues by clicking here.

The ICG Survey Results can be found by clicking here.

4/05/03--It is with great pleasure that the ICG welcomes The Silicon Web Costumers Guild to its ranks! More information on the new chapter as it becomes available.


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