CoCo Reviewed

A picture is worth a thousand words and this picture sums up how I feel after a weekend at Costume College

Beat to hell but still wearable

Beat to hell but still wearable

I love this event. I truly do. It is easy to feel intimidated because of the awesome skill levels displayed by people attending, but I have found universally that everyone attending is quick to give props no matter your level of ability. So the beat up feeling is sheer exhaustion from running around doing ALL THE THINGS!

When last I wrote, the Friday night showcase had yet to happen. Now, in years past, it’s been a large ice-cream social.

stalking Lauren at 2017 CoCo Ice Cream Social

stalking Lauren at 2017 CoCo Ice Cream Social

But THIS year, they did a USO presentation with multiple groups of costumers presenting between sets. It was so much fun! I loved seeing everyone’s creativity and how the groups pulled together common themes. Saturday I got through two lectures (Bloomer and Bicycles, and a lecture on Worth couture) before a migraine dropped me for the rest of the day, causing me to miss the red carpet walk up to the Gala dinner…but, if you stalk the Costume College Instagram page, you can follow along with who wore what.

Then today, I had my second workshop (Beyond CoCo), taught with Carolyn Runnels, several lectures were attended (History of Home Ec, Distressing Need not be Stressing, Historical Research in the Digital Age, and Turban Tying Tricks), shopping was done, and Tea was attended. A brief break in my room before the trunk show from 5:30pm-7:30pm. The line for the trunk show was out the door and all the way down the hallway, with door monitors making sure fire codes weren’t violated for everyone’s safety.

Overall an excellent event, as always, and one I look forward to attending next year.