In today's post, Associate Curator Christina Johnson recaps the 39th annual Costume Society of America national symposium. It's not too early to start thinking about the 2014 symposium, which will be held in Baltimore, Maryland. The call for papers will come out soon, so start thinking about possible topics now!
The Costume Society of America’s annual national symposium recently took place in Las Vegas from May 29 to June 1. Curator Kevin Jones, Registrar Meghan Hansen and I attended, and we all had a great time listening to the variety of papers and panels (this year’s theme was “Mining the History of Costume: Fantasy and Fact”) as well as seeing old friends and meeting new ones.
Kevin and I were charged with planning this year’s Silent Auction, a fundraising event for CSA. Members donate books, vintage clothes, and jewelry (my office progressively filled up with boxes in the weeks leading up to the event), and symposium participants then bid on the donated items—the funds raised go toward the educational activities of CSA. Well, we had to get the donations to the Symposium somehow, so we rented a car, and, with barely enough room for one suitcase each, drove four hours across the desert to our oasis at the Tropicana Hotel.