welcome to costume on!
WHAT IS THIS?
Hello! Costume On is an online costume convention, a weekend of seminars and workshops- all online! Due to closures and restrictions, we welcome you to join us in a place where we can unite and learn while being safe. :)
Costume On is held in 'rooms' using webconference software on a listed schedule. Demos are broadcast using webcams, attendees do not need a webcam to attend. The primary focus is historical costume, this initial event covers 18th century through early 20th.
In the future, Costume On will keep on- I hope to make this an annual event, and classes will be both in-person and simultaneously broadcast. It's fantastic to attend in person, but if travel plans aren't an option you could still join us.
HOW DO I ATTEND THE CLASSES?
Online! At home, on your computer/internet connection. The classes will use videoconferencing software (Zoom) that is free for you to use. It may require a download of the software- it is free, and simply a tool so that you can attend the class.
While it is very helpful for the teacher to see you and what you are doing, a webcam is not necessary for you to attend the class. You can wear pjs, we don't judge. :)
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Per class. Each class listing on the CLASSES PAGE will have a button to click. This will link to a registration box that sends your info directly to the teacher for that particular class. They will respond with attendance info, how to pay and list of required materials, if any. There is no general shopping cart on this site, it is a hub to host individual teachers.
Why? Each teacher has their own policies/attendance/wait lists/accounts for payment, and I prefer that they are paid directly. More convenient overall, and no filter for them- they receive their $ immediately and no delay in receiving student info.
*Please note class times/dates so that your choices do not overlap*
WHEN WILL THE CLASS SCHEDULE BE POSTED? WITH DATES/TIMES?
IS THIS ONE FEE FOR ALL OR PER CLASS?
Per class. Each class listing will have a button to click that opens a registration form. That form emails the teacher who will respond regarding payment, confirmation or wait list status and required materials.
HOW DO I PAY?
Each teacher will give instructions on how to pay for their class and the forms of payment they accept.
WHAT WILL THE CLASSES COVER?
Costume, with a focus on historical fashion. Primarily 18th century through 1900s, future Costume Ons will extend the range to other eras.
ARE THESE RECORDED VIDEOS OR LIVE?
Live real-time classes and lectures, so that students can interact with the teachers and ask questions. A few classes will partly be a screenshare of a prepared presentation, but the teacher is live and available for q & a/discussion and to show examples from their collection and additional images.
We're all at home muddling through with equipment on hand, that is the goal and we'll try to make it possible. :) Some of the teachers have never used this format before, but they are very willing and I am requiring video samples beforehand.
HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO GET CLASS SUPPLIES DURING QUARANTINE?
I have asked the teachers to do projects/supply lists that take into account both substitutions and items people will likely have on hand.
When you register, supply lists will be sent, key/special order supply lists will be posted on the CLASSES page so you can review before registering. Everyone is welcome to take the classes whether you have the supplies or not, with the understanding that if you do not have adequate substitutions it may be more of a demo.
**I do not want anyone to leave their house to go out and shop for this.**
If you wish to attend a class but are lacking in crucial supplies and unable to order something, please contact the teacher and we will try to come up with a happy solution.
WHO ARE THE TEACHERS?
Come see for yourself on the TEACHERS PAGE! Very talented people skilled in various eras and techniques who have spent years honing their craft.
Attending Costume On directly supports these independent artists. :)