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UK costume events - anyone up for it?????

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 4:19 pm
by Claudia Aliffe
Not sure if this is the right place to advertise this so apologies to the moderator if I have fluffed up again!

I am toying with the idea of running a costume event /conference in the UK which is particularly geared towards the Georgian through to the early Edwardian periods.

In particular I like the idea of running a day with several how to workshops and talks, followed by a fashion show / ball and food in the evening perhaps with a few awards for effort.

It would have sale and buy stalls and all sorts of bits and pieces and it would be set at a period property somewhere in the South East if I get my way. I would also like it to be based on acceptable reenactment costuming so it would be a serious event, but I don't want to discourage part timers, occasional reenactors or those who don't have the cash or skill for expensive costume. We may even be able to offer a limited hire service for those who want to join but don't have the resources.

I have run several weekend long conferences up to 200 people in the UK for other subjects to great effect and t hey are well established and so I have the mind to do it.

BUT, I need some feedback before I discover there isn't enough call for it.

Basically here's a question for you - If I ran a day event what would people be prepared to pay, how far from their homes would they be prepared to travel and what sort of thing would you want to see / partake in.

I have been to several UK events to date which have always been very successful but I have noticed that enthusiasm always seems to fizzle out eventually for costuming groups that concentrate on these later eras and are not geared towards combat etc.

I hope this is of interest and that it provokes a good response. I'd like to get something running in the 18 months if possible.

Regards and thanks in advance for your time,

Claudia

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 4:23 pm
by Kate Tiler
Hi Claudia, have moved this to the costume area where more people will see it :)

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 4:29 pm
by Claudia Aliffe
Thank you - I knew I'd get it wrong!!!

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 4:41 pm
by Skevmeister
Claudia,

Just as a tip this area is for help regarding the use of the forum itself not re-enactment. Can I suggest that you eithe pots in general history or friends and gossip if your not quite sure where you need to go theirs always plenty of helpful (but slightly mad) people around in those and they are general enough for everyone of whatever period to visit

Skev

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 6:33 pm
by Grymm
Sounds like a laugh Claudia, try contacting Jessie Binns up at Hughenden, she has put on costume workshops there so may be up for summat a bit bigger, plus it fits with the Victorian/Edwardian theme. For Georgian mebbe go for West Wycombe.....ooh ooh no, the caves, that'd be fun as long as you can put up with the badly dressed mannequins :D As both houses are just a walk down a hill for me I say yes and I would be willing to travel plus I know my other half will be interested, more in the 1700-1750ish period but up to 1820 is good for us after that I tend to lose interest. :?

Grymm

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 10:33 am
by Claudia Aliffe
Funnily enough right in my area. I met Jessie at Hughenden once a few years back. I was also at West Wycombe Park the other day trying to negotiate the hire of some costumes for their open house season, not the caves mind but I hear they are dreadful!

Certainly this is the area I'm interested in doing it in, I have a few contacts at period properties that might be able to assist. Needs further research.

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 1:17 pm
by madjon
there would be reasonable interest i should imagine but a two day would make it more economical / worthwhile for travel , for period costume there is a wide number of people, people also tend to forget that costuming is an important part of lh/reenactment. so an event looking at the materials through time/fashion/construction, sourcing, what people are doing and how is an idea, also a chance to talk with other bods and the possibility of a few stalls sounds good.

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 5:05 pm
by Claudia Aliffe
Thanks for that, all taken on board! I will use this in my negotiations.

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 8:22 pm
by nutmeg_bec
Sounds like my idea of Heaven, and I'm sure the theatrical/film costumers in the SE would be happy to get involved too. I don't want to criticise any of the re-enactment fairs/markets (which I love, but they seem to concentrate strongly on the medieval/ECW periods, with not much later. Anything which encompases right through to Edwardian would be just super!

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 12:19 pm
by myladyswardrobe
I'd love to be able to spend time at a costume event like this! My costume focus is Tudor and Elizabethan (been doing that for 14 years now!) but I am now moving into additional costume periods such as Jane Austen/Regency, Victorian (Natural Form) and Edwardian (1910s/Titanic).

The US have strong Costume Guilds where like minded groups of amateur costumers can get together to share knowledge, skills and have "events" to wear the costumes they make. Perhaps this angle could be useful for your idea as well?

Great idea - do keep in touch about it.

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 1:46 pm
by Claudia Aliffe
Hi everyone,

Wow, I've been really pleased with the response. I've left some enquiries with potential venues so hopefully I will get some feedback in the next week or so and I can give you all some more info on costs etc and I might be able to start putting something firm in place.

In the meantime any other ideas gratefully received. What about workshops, how to make, or care for - what would you like to see and do? I would also want to have a for sale room which would cover everything to do with costume within those periods. I want this event to be as user friendly as possible, the sort of thing people say, I can't wait to the next one.

Many thanks again, I'm getting quite excited about this now!

Claudia

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 12:03 am
by frances
Dear Claudia, Do you know about the UK Costume Guild? They have been going for about 12 years now and cover all costume eras and styles, particularly historical, science fiction and fantasy costuming. They are practical-based and run weekend events every year or two where exactly the things you are planning take place. If you would like to contact them pm me and I will send you details.

There are also many later-based re-enactment groups and individuals who are always interested to attend events based on their time-periods. Most are in Call to Arms. There are also European groups who travel all over to attend events at appropriately dated historical venues.

By the way, I put on historical costume exhibitions, 1066 - 20th century. Let me know if I can help you out with the problem of finding dress models and clothes for them to wear.

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 1:19 pm
by Claudia Aliffe
Hi Frances,

It's been a while! We last met at a regency ball two years ago I think! How time flies!

I've been into the Costume Guild website today, but I can't really find anything at the moment. I also haven't subscribed to Call to Arms yet, but will do at some point for my research into the possibility of this event. Their website doesn't hold that kind of information I see.

I'm trying to make it very specialised. Events I have been to have been very mixed in terms of eras and I don't think particularly geared towards later periods and costume care, construction etc etc. They also seem to have a very strong bent towards military and combat which I want to avoid entirely, this is a domestic scene. I haven't been to a huge number of events of course, partly because of this and partly because of all manner of other things which are sent to try us!

If you know of specific events that cater for Georgian up to 1910s then I would love to know about them. I have scoured the internet but I haven't seen any where that lists them for easy reference.

Many thanks Frances!

Regards,

Claudia

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:58 am
by frances
Hi Claudia, Excuse me if I did not recognise your name. I will pm you with details of contacts for Costume Guild event organiser and also Nostalgia Unlimited - they do Regency and Victorian. Neither of these contacts have anything to do with fighting!!

As for Call to Arms, Duke Henry thinks that people should buy a copy of the book since he puts so much work into it, rather than get it over the internet.

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:35 am
by Claudia Aliffe
Thanks Frances, all looks good to me! I look forward to hopefully seeing you at something soon, if only I could get my life sorted out and my house decorated before the summer!!!!!Arrggghhgh!

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:32 pm
by david smith
Hi Claudia,

Hope you and Andy are well!

I am discussing with Miki Dennis and others the opportunity of including Wardrobe - The British Costume Convention into a large scale multi-period re-enactment event at a huge Hotel complex in 441 acres of park - 63 conference rooms, huge ballroom, 400 seat high tech theatre etc - web site www.heythroppark.co.uk near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire so quite central.

This would be May 19th & 20th 2007

If you are interested in joining forces to get a huge event together, I'm sure we could sort something amazing out.

The main building is 1710 - I'm also going to move the Napoleonic Fair there!

Best wishes
David

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 8:22 pm
by frances
Hi David, Ah, if you are moving the Napoleonic Fair, will it now be two days? If so will there be a ball in the evening and a chance for the ladies to show off all their finery. Napoleonic Gents get all the fun - I do so swoon at those tassels on the boots!! Never mind the braids and hat decorations. Oh my!!

Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:51 am
by Claudia Aliffe
This all sounds brilliant, keep me posted. It would be great to get involved and we'll definately be there! It would be great to do a bit of later period costume.

Thanks for this David, onwards and upwards!!

Regards,

Claudia

Re: UK costume events - anyone up for it?????

Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:33 pm
by shay
Hi Claudia I am new to all of this but would be very intrested in joining a costume group in the the South East, if your still looking for people please get in touch and we can talk some more thanks shay

Re: UK costume events - anyone up for it?????

Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:57 pm
by lucy the tudor
I think this was more of an event than a costuming group?

Re: UK costume events - anyone up for it?????

Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 8:54 am
by shay
A msg for " Lucy the Tudor" try to be more helpful to people that are new, rather than trying to correct them, it is a much nicer quality, and unless your name is Claudia i think you will find it was not you i was adressing...

Re: UK costume events - anyone up for it?????

Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:24 am
by Medicus Matt
shay wrote:A msg for " Lucy the Tudor" try to be more helpful to people that are new, rather than trying to correct them, it is a much nicer quality, and unless your name is Claudia i think you will find it was not you i was adressing...
She was trying to be helpful. She didn't correct you, she suggested that you might have misunderstood the nature of the original posters intent, on a thread that is 5 years old.

Try to be less of an *rse in future; it is a much nicer quality.

Re: UK costume events - anyone up for it?????

Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:16 am
by lucy the tudor
Thank you Sir, couldn't have put it better.

Re: UK costume events - anyone up for it?????

Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:29 am
by Merlon.
Shay if you had checked the user profile for Claudia you would see she has not visited the forum since April 2008......So indulging in Threadmancy would never achieve anything.

Lucy was trying to be helpful, there is no need to bite back.

Re: UK costume events - anyone up for it?????

Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:21 pm
by shay
Ahhhh matt do you think you are a knight, grow up and is "lucy the Tudor" not woman enough to stand up for hereself? lol Dont be a bunch of haters cos you unable to live in the real world HAHA......Oh by the way i wont be reading any reply by any of you cos your all boring me now byeeeeeee :thumbup:

Re: UK costume events - anyone up for it?????

Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:06 pm
by lucy the tudor
I'd like to say I'll miss him, but, well... :wink:

Re: UK costume events - anyone up for it?????

Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:09 pm
by Teagirl
lucy the tudor wrote:I'd like to say I'll miss him, but, well... :wink:
Allow a bit for wind, next time?

Re: UK costume events - anyone up for it?????

Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:21 pm
by Dave B
What a remarkable prat. Never mind.

Re: UK costume events - anyone up for it?????

Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:40 pm
by Medicus Matt
Hurt I am...cut to the quick.
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Re: UK costume events - anyone up for it?????

Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:31 pm
by chrisanson
Medicus Matt wrote:Hurt I am...cut to the quick.
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:)