Another year is about to end and it’s time to look back at the all the fabulous costume events that happened in 2012. This list doesn’t mean that some events were better than others. It is just a collection of five that stood out and in aggregate show a good cross-section of the variety and scope that SF Bay Area costumers experienced this past year.
Edwardian World’s Faire, San Francisco, Jan. 20:
The Edwardian World’s Faire is the first day of a two-day event that includes the Edwardian Ball. The Edwardian World’s Faire featured eclectic and imaginative costumes inspired by the works of poet and artist Edward Gorey. Participants enjoyed performances by musicians, circus performers, dancers and actors as well as art installations, games and carnival rides in a surreal but elegant atmosphere.
PEERS Titanic Ball, San Mateo, Apr. 7:
PEERS honored the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with a ball set on the Titanic before it met its fate. Guests dressed in Edwardian finery if they wanted to be among the first class passengers, while others dressed in more relaxed period garb for steerage. Major personages from the Titanic were portrayed by PEERS actors who performed skits and interacted with everyone.
Clockwork Alchemy, San Jose, May 25-28:
Proving that Steampunk has become hugely popular, Clockwork Alchemy was created this year by the Steam Federation (in conjunction with Fanime) so that the world of Steampunk could have a convention all to itself. Almost everyone came in a dazzling array of Steampunk costumes to enjoy the panels, vendors, activities, dances and performances at this four-day convention.
GBACG Fallon House Tour and Picnic, San Jose, August 26:
The GBACG had a lot of great events in 2012 and this one was a particularly fun one as it included a tour of the inside of the historic Fallon House as well as a picnic on the beautiful grounds. Participants got to experience what it was like to live as a wealthy Californian during the Victorian era.
Convolution, Burlingame, November 2-4:
Convolution, another new convention in 2012, was a general science fiction, fantasy and media convention with a focus on learning new things alongside industry professionals. The theme for this year was urban fantasy but attendees came in all sorts of costumes to participate in the panels, workshops, games, dances and parties as well as shop in the huge vendor room.
Copyright 2012, Jean Martin.
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“The Edwardian World’s Faire” by Jean Martin
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“My Fannish Summer” (which includes the GBACG Fallon House Tour and Picnic) by Jean Martin