How to distress costumes & YSL Symposium in SF

By Tara McGinnis (for UAF Theatre, 2006)

The Costume Society of America’s Western region is having a special program in Monterey, CA on Saturday, October 25, 2008 titled, “Distressing and Aging Costumes.” It will be taught by the legendary Costume Design educator, Tara Maginnis (now at Diablo Valley College) who is also well known for her website, Costumers Manifesto and accompanying listserve.

According to the registration information, “Her magical techniques will transform garments that you bring for this Workshop into wonderful costumes that communicate a ‘history’ and heighten characterizations…just in time for Halloween!”

Also on the docket for this program will be Monterey Pnninsula College faculty members Connie Gamiere of the Drama Department, who will give a morning tour of the MPC costume and set shops; Naeda Robinson and Lauren Michel will conduct a tour of the Family and Consumer Sciences facilities. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase reduced-price tickets for and evening performance of the MPC Main Stage production of “Death of a Salesman.”

The deadline for registration is October 10th.

Costs are:

CSA Members $40

Non CSA Members $50

Student CSA Members $30

Student non-CSA Members $35

Click here for details and to download the registration form.

CSA Western’s November program (whose registration deadline is today – but may perhaps be extended) is a symposium being held at the de Young Museum in San Francisco focused on the career of Yves Saint Laurent on November 1st (to accompany the only US venue for this traveling exhibition which opened in Montreal, Canada).

Among the speakers will be Hamish Bowles (VOGUE European editor-at-large) and Pierre Bergere, as well as guest curator and fashion historian, Florence Müller, Farid Chenoune, French fashion historian and author of,Yves Saint Laurent: Smoking Foreve and Nancy Troy, professor of Art History at the University of Southern California and author of Couture Culture: A Study in Modern Art and Fashion.

I hope to bring you a summary of that program (perhaps with photos) in November. According to the de Young, tickets for the symposium are available to CSA members, Museum Members, students and Textile Arts Council members for $20 and to the general public for $30. Tickets go on sale to the general public TODAY!

Symposium: Yves Saint Laurent, Eternal Style
Saturday, November 1, 1-4 PM
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

For tickets, visit or call 866 912-6326. Tickets are also available at the admission desk at the de Young, but it is likely going to be a sell-out, so don’t wait until the day of the event!

In addition, Jill D’Alessandro, Associate Curator, Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Department of Textile Arts at the de Young will be giving a lecture “The Yves Saint Laurent Revolution” at the de Young on October 16th at 10am ($4 for non-members, $3 for members, museum admission not required).

Until next time,


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