All Costumes, All the Time at Premiere Annual Costuming Event, Costume-Con 31, May 17-20, 2013 at the Red Lion Denver SE

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Costuming enthusiasts will flood the Denver area for the premiere annual costuming event, Costume-Con, the longest running and largest convention dedicated entirely to costuming of all sorts. The convention is held in a different city each year with this being the first time ever to be hosted in Denver, CO and features costuming competitions, exhibits, educational tracks, a costume-centric dealer/vendor room and more.

When asked who would benefit from attending a convention such as this, the committee’s response was, “Anyone with an interest in any sort of costuming or wearable art."

Costuming enthusiasts will flood the Denver area for the premiere annual costuming event, Costume-Con, the longest running and largest convention dedicated entirely to costuming of all sorts. The convention is held in a different city each year, this being the 31st year and the first time ever to be hosted in Denver, CO. Costume-Con 31 (CC31), will run May 17-20, 2013 at the Red Lion Denver SE.

The goal of this fun-filled four-day weekend convention is to educate those with a passion for creating and wearing costumes as well as the general public on various topics of costume construction, techniques, design, makeup art, special effects, and much more.

The convention will feature costume competitions, a vendor market area, costume and doll making exhibits, hospitality suites, educational tracks, and plenty of opportunities to wear costumes while socializing.

The CC31 committee has revealed the featured artists that will be on hand to demonstrate highly developed techniques including, Dragon Dronet, of Renegade Effects Group, and Mythica von Griffyn, Westword’s Best of Denver - Best Body Painter. The Renegade Effects Group is renowned for their costumes, props, and physical effects for movies, television, music videos, advertising and more. Mythica is an award-winning artist who ventured into body painting, now working with local runway shows, conventions, music videos and private photo shoots.

Last week the committee was delighted to announce that the Dealer’s Room was completely sold out and consequently, they were unable to accept additional vendor applications. “We are really excited about the costuming vendors we have attracted to the convention this year”, reports Michael Bruno, Committee Chair. “Attendees and shoppers will be able to access products for creating costumes and specialty items that are not typically accessible locally.” According to Bruno, the vendors will be selling everything from patterns to trims and electronics, as well as quality ready made costuming and accessories.

Costume competitions, or Masquerades as they are called at the convention, will be presented on a full stage. Entrants may take advantage of the full sound and lighting while displaying costumes as theatrics and presentation are encouraged. Volunteers manning the event include sound and lighting technicians as well as stage directors to support the masquerades. It is estimated that at least 50-75 volunteers are required to successfully facilitate all of the activities during the convention.

Entrants may compete at several different levels for any of the Masquerades including: Junior (kids), Novice, Journeyman and Master. The categories for competition are: Science Fiction and Fantasy, Historical Costumes, Future Fashion Design and Construction, Single Pattern and Doll Costume Competitions.

If that isn’t enough, the fun-filled convention will include costuming exhibits by costumers throughout the state of Colorado, movie wardrobe and props, and doll exhibits. Additionally, educational tracks will run throughout the conference.

When asked who would benefit from attending a convention such as this, the committee’s response was, “Anyone with an interest in any sort of costuming or wearable art. Specific areas include Historical, Fantasy, Steampunk, Sci-Fi, or Cosplay to name a few. Also, those interested in creating props, special effects, accessories, doll making, make-up, or stage and theater.”

The convention location will be the Red Lion Denver Southeast, Aurora, Colorado running May 17-20, 2013. There is a moderate fee for the weekend or by-the-day attendance. Special rates are available for the Masquerade shows. Check the website for specific hours, rates and full details. http://www.cc31denver.com.

Contact: Denise Winter, Publicity & Marketing CC31, publicity(at)cc31denver(dot)com.

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