|Ladies attending the 2012 Titanic Memorial Tea, at a local tea shoppe called The Isles|
When I moved back to my home town of Reno, Nevada, in 2009, I was determined to start a costumer's club similar to the ones I enjoyed so much in the San Francisco area. It seemed like a daunting task, and I was even discouraged by several people who said it would never work.
Does this sound familiar? Well here's how to start:
|My partner in crime is my mum|
2. Next, create a blog and a Facebook page for your new club, and start inviting anyone you think might be interested, in your area.
Examples - The Great Basin Costume Society blog; the Great Basin Costume Society on Facebook.
Be sure to post your mission statement in both places, to entice people to join. You will have a little group following along in no time. Also be pro-active about posting flyers in fabric stores, local college campuses, coffee shops, anywhere that will let you. Then...
|This was our first official Great Basin Costume Society event|
Costume clubs are event-focused, but events don't have to be a huge deal. Start with small things:
- Tea parties at local tea shops or cafes
- Picnics on the lawns of historic sites
- Visits to museums, historic homes, points of historical interest
- Holiday get-togethers at a member's home
- Crash other local events - we crash Valhalla Renaissance Faire, The Tahoe Gatsby, Sugarpine Living History Day, and Hot August Nights (vintage car show) every year.
|When you crash an event, such as we did here at Sugarpine Living History Days, you don't need a big presence, just a group of good friends - people will ask you about your clothing, and may even want to join your club. It's like a virus.|
High Desert Steam, another local Reno club focused on Steampunk, just wrapped the second annual Steampunk Ball in nearby historical landmark Virginia City. The ball this year was double the size of last year, with well over 200 guests, all dressed in wonderful steampunk fashions. Next year it will be even bigger!
|High Desert Steampunks who came out for a photo shoot event, just for fun. This is what we'd call a "core group." They come to everything steampunk, heck, they even march in parades in December, that's how into dressing up they are.|
|Who are these people? I don't even know! but they came to the Steampunk Ball and that's the point.|