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Costuming & Cosplay [clear filter]
Friday, November 8
 

6:00pm EST

Demo: Contouring for Glamour Looks
If you want hands-on experience, bring your own brushes!

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped sense of humor and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Stephanie is the co-founder of the charity organization... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

Building an Outfit Around a Specific Costume Piece
Have a killer corset but no idea what to wear with it? What about a unique prop? Bring in it- and something to take (or sketch!) notes on- and we'll help you figure something out!

Speakers
AH

Anastasia Holt

Anastasia has been sewing and costuming since she was 10 years old and started participating in convention since 2006. Anastasia started in recreation costumes and has expanded to original costumes. Anastasia has been participating in Masquerades since she was 14 years old and has... Read More →
HH

Heather Hutsell

Heather E. Hutsell is an authoress of two novellas, twelve novels, and three somewhat disturbing short story collections. Her works cover the spectrum of fantasy and include absurdist fiction, dystopian tales, Steampunk mystery series The Case Files, and vampire and werewolf romantic... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Johnston

Leslie Johnston

Leslie Johnston has been costuming since the 1970s, making both fantasy and historical competition and hall costumes. She has won many awards at many masquerades over the years, including at Balticon, BayCon, Costume-Con, Westercon, and Worldcon. She loves to learn new techniques... Read More →
SS

Sarah Sanders

Sarah's costuming journey runs in a straight line from reenactment to LARPing to the convention costuming circuit. She likes to work on a new skill or try a new material for every new con season, and recently leveled up to the Master division.


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

All About Adhesives
What to use to attach object A to item B, no matter the material.

Speakers
LA

Lisa Ashton

Lisa Ashton is a SF/Fantasy/Historical costumer living in Harpers Ferry, WV. At Philcon 2010 she and Sandy Swank won BIS with "The Letter", a re-creation of the famous Civil War letter written by Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah early in the war. She has also done a humorous but... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Johnston

Leslie Johnston

Leslie Johnston has been costuming since the 1970s, making both fantasy and historical competition and hall costumes. She has won many awards at many masquerades over the years, including at Balticon, BayCon, Costume-Con, Westercon, and Worldcon. She loves to learn new techniques... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm EST

Cosplay Court Case - Night Court [18+]
Is your character in need of justice? The officers of Cosplay Court Case have arbitrated grievances across fandoms of all genres with assistance from audience members. So whether you're a Pokemon looking to file a restraining order against Ash Ketchum, Hondo Ohnaka suing the Jedi Council for wage theft, or want Fox McCloud tried for war crimes, come get yourself on the docket! Presented by Steam-Funk Studios.

Friday November 8, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00am EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
 
Saturday, November 9
 

10:00am EST

Workshop: Ruched Fabric Roses [$10 Fee]
Make a hand-sewn flower with this is Victorian sewing technique. Optional beaded centers can be added before attaching to your choice of backing.

Speakers
LA

Lisa Ashton

Lisa Ashton is a SF/Fantasy/Historical costumer living in Harpers Ferry, WV. At Philcon 2010 she and Sandy Swank won BIS with "The Letter", a re-creation of the famous Civil War letter written by Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah early in the war. She has also done a humorous but... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
The Gallery, Quadrant C

11:00am EST

Taking a Costume from 2D to 3D
Converting source imagery or sketches into wearable costumes can present some unique challenges. Let’s talk about how to handle them.

Speakers
SS

Sarah Sanders

Sarah's costuming journey runs in a straight line from reenactment to LARPing to the convention costuming circuit. She likes to work on a new skill or try a new material for every new con season, and recently leveled up to the Master division.


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant B

11:00am EST

Workshop: Make a Mini Hat! ~ 90 min [$5 Fee] [Family Friendly]
Customize a mini-hat that you can wear immediately! We will have ribbon, sequins, feathers, silk flowers, millinery tulle, rhinestones and lots more to embellish your hat with! Family friendly, but children need to be supervised by a parent as we use scissors and hot glue.

Speakers
WK

William Kennedy

William costumes at the Master Level and has been a member of the costuming community for a life time and did not officially begin costuming until 2010. When William is not costuming he is a Clinical out Reach Social worker working with at risk youth and young adults. William also... Read More →
avatar for Carol Salemi

Carol Salemi

Carol has worked over 40 years in many aspects of costuming from creating/fabricating to teaching, judging, and masquerade directing. She competes in the master division and received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Costumers Guild. She is a medical... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant C

11:30am EST

Workshop: Presenting a Costume on Stage
How to get in character, make use of the space on stage, and ensure the audience- and judges!- focus on the parts of your costume that you most want them to notice.

Speakers
LK

Laura Kovalcin

Laura was born into a nerdy family, and was cursed at her birth to forever love fandom, costumes, and shiny things. The curse still holds true to this day.


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm EST
Main Stage (Grand Ballroom A) Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Workshop: Fabric Manipulation
You can't just buy Padme's Naboo gown or Daenary's dress fabric at your favorite sewing store; it has to be manipulated to give texture and depth. A workshop on North American smocking and other fabric manipulation techniques. Handouts and materials will be provided.

Speakers
DK

Diane Kovalcin

Diane Kovalcin is a long-time costumer, competing in both Science Fiction and Historical masquerades, a quilter and fan fiction writer. She also loves Star Wars and the BBC tv show Merlin - just ask her (or better yet, don't ask as she won't shut up about it).


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant B

1:00pm EST

The Best Media For Costume Ideas
What historical dramas, high fantasy shows, or anime would you recommend watching when seeking inspiration for a new outfit?

Speakers
LA

Lisa Ashton

Lisa Ashton is a SF/Fantasy/Historical costumer living in Harpers Ferry, WV. At Philcon 2010 she and Sandy Swank won BIS with "The Letter", a re-creation of the famous Civil War letter written by Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah early in the war. She has also done a humorous but... Read More →
JH

Joseph Haughey

Merchant, ebay
Joseph "Cosplay Joe" Haughey is a musician in the geek performing arts, specializing in songs related to science fiction and anime (Japanese animation). He also does panels ranging from Anime Music Videos and anime opening and closing themes to various sci-fi topics like Back to the... Read More →
avatar for Lynati

Lynati

Lynati is a freelance writer, artist, costumer, and event organizer in the Philadelphia area who is currently serving a fifth year as the head of Philcon's programming division. Ask not for whom the eels toll.
SS

Sarah Sanders

Sarah's costuming journey runs in a straight line from reenactment to LARPing to the convention costuming circuit. She likes to work on a new skill or try a new material for every new con season, and recently leveled up to the Master division.


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

Workshop: Faux Fur Ears [$5 Fee] [Family Friendly]
Make a set of ears that can be worn for cosplay and costumes!  Fur, felt, foam, clips/headbands and wire will be available for you to make a cat, fox, wolf, or puppy ears! Family friendly but children need to be be supervised by a parent, as we use scissors and hot glue.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Salemi

Carol Salemi

Carol has worked over 40 years in many aspects of costuming from creating/fabricating to teaching, judging, and masquerade directing. She competes in the master division and received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Costumers Guild. She is a medical... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant C

2:00pm EST

Demo: Specialty Sewing Machines and Feet
Learn ways to mimic hand work when you can't do hand work. Presented by Kirsten Houseknecht.

Speakers
KH

Kirsten Houseknecht

Kirsten is a longtime costumer who enjoys playing with textiles and colors SO MUCH that she went back to college in her forties for fashion design. Her senior collection featured stenciling, dying, bleaching and color removal as well as hand weaving and knitting. She likes combining... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant C

2:00pm EST

SPECIAL DEMO: Character & FX Makeup CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS : (
Mandah of MfxMakeup shows you how to apply various SFX techniques on a live model, and answers any questions you have about cosplay makeup and appliances. This demo will showcase some gory elements, so it is 18+, or 16+ *with parental approval*. To reserve a spot, please follow this link: https://mfxmakeup.ticketleap.com/philcon-2019-character--fx-makeup-demo/ Walk-ins also accepted!

Speakers
avatar for Mandah K. Law

Mandah K. Law

Featured Panelist
Mandah is a local Philadelphia multi-talented artist. She is known for her artwork, special effects makeup, costuming, motivational paneling and voiceover. She has been bringing informative and funny interactive panels to east coast conventions focusing on voice acting, FX makeup... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

Workshop: Rhinestone Application [$10 Fee]
Learn some secrets and techniques for applying rhinestones to cloths, costumes and accessories You get a package of 144 size 16 Preciosa AB rhinestones, syringes, fabric swatches, pin and application tool. Free to just observe.

Speakers
LA

Lisa Ashton

Lisa Ashton is a SF/Fantasy/Historical costumer living in Harpers Ferry, WV. At Philcon 2010 she and Sandy Swank won BIS with "The Letter", a re-creation of the famous Civil War letter written by Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah early in the war. She has also done a humorous but... Read More →
avatar for Carol Salemi

Carol Salemi

Carol has worked over 40 years in many aspects of costuming from creating/fabricating to teaching, judging, and masquerade directing. She competes in the master division and received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Costumers Guild. She is a medical... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant C

11:00pm EST

Cosplay Court Case - Night Court [18+]
Is your character in need of justice? The officers of Cosplay Court Case have arbitrated grievances across fandoms of all genres with assistance from audience members. So whether you're a Pokemon looking to file a restraining order against Ash Ketchum, Hondo Ohnaka suing the Jedi Council for wage theft, or want Fox McCloud tried for war crimes, come get yourself on the docket! Presented by Steam-Funk Studios.

Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00am EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
 
Sunday, November 10
 

10:00am EST

Demo: Amazing Things You Can Make With T-Shirts
Learn to modify a store-bought item to match your body! Feel free to bring your own to make it a hands-on experience. Presented by Kirsten Houseknecht.

Speakers
KH

Kirsten Houseknecht

Kirsten is a longtime costumer who enjoys playing with textiles and colors SO MUCH that she went back to college in her forties for fashion design. Her senior collection featured stenciling, dying, bleaching and color removal as well as hand weaving and knitting. She likes combining... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
The Gallery, Quadrant B

10:00am EST

Miss Lizzy's Traveling Victorian Showcase
An exhibit and discussion of Victorian-era dress and entertainments, with authentic antique garments, millinery, accessories, stereopticons, and more to view!

Speakers
LA

Lisa Ashton

Lisa Ashton is a SF/Fantasy/Historical costumer living in Harpers Ferry, WV. At Philcon 2010 she and Sandy Swank won BIS with "The Letter", a re-creation of the famous Civil War letter written by Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah early in the war. She has also done a humorous but... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Johnston

Leslie Johnston

Leslie Johnston has been costuming since the 1970s, making both fantasy and historical competition and hall costumes. She has won many awards at many masquerades over the years, including at Balticon, BayCon, Costume-Con, Westercon, and Worldcon. She loves to learn new techniques... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
The Gallery, Quadrant A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Intro to Cosplay for Kids and Parents [Family Friendly]
So you or your child want to get into costuming, but you don’t know where to start? Advice and a Q&A to demystify the exciting world of cosplay.

Speakers
SS

Sarah Sanders

Sarah's costuming journey runs in a straight line from reenactment to LARPing to the convention costuming circuit. She likes to work on a new skill or try a new material for every new con season, and recently leveled up to the Master division.


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant D

12:00pm EST

Workshop: Costumes for Your Eyes [$5 Fee]
Learn a technique using ping pong balls, that you can combine with makeup to create Anime eyes or dramatically create character eyes without using contacts. Free to observe.

Speakers
WK

William Kennedy

William costumes at the Master Level and has been a member of the costuming community for a life time and did not officially begin costuming until 2010. When William is not costuming he is a Clinical out Reach Social worker working with at risk youth and young adults. William also... Read More →
avatar for Carol Salemi

Carol Salemi

Carol has worked over 40 years in many aspects of costuming from creating/fabricating to teaching, judging, and masquerade directing. She competes in the master division and received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Costumers Guild. She is a medical... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant C

1:00pm EST

Costuming Outside Your Comfort Zone
Costuming can be a fun and creative outlet for so many people, but wearing the results can also be a source of anxiety. A discussion of approaches you can take to become more comfortable in your cosplay.

Speakers
AH

Anastasia Holt

Anastasia has been sewing and costuming since she was 10 years old and started participating in convention since 2006. Anastasia started in recreation costumes and has expanded to original costumes. Anastasia has been participating in Masquerades since she was 14 years old and has... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant C