I heard about it for the first time while I was chatting with a couple other students in the corset-making class I took last year. At the time, I had no interest in it because it was out of my price range. I am, after, a lowly student.
However, over the summer, I was browsing CGW's events page, when I saw that they needed volunteers to help with the costumes. What the heck, I wasn't doing anything else. I'd go help.
Turns out that volunteers were given free admission to the event.
Of course, then I needed a costume to wear.
Ah, the beauty of the mix and match. I have two shirts, two skirts, one overskirt/bustle apron/thing, and a pair of weird pants and all go very well with my corset.
Volunteering backstage was more fun than the event itself (and the ball was very fun). I got to meet so many people (actually, I'm pretty sure that I met almost all of the actors and dancers that needed costumes. The group of volunteers I was working with handled making sure the right person got the right clothes, and I did a lot of the recording of who-took-what) and I really enjoyed seeing them out of character backstage, and then being at the ball, with my mask on, and recognizing them (even though none of them recognized me).
And now, I will hush-up and let the pictures do the talking. All pictures are courtesy of Cher (name shortened for privacy, as always), who was one of the other volunteers I worked with.
|Hey look, it's me with my co-volunteers! (I love this because both of them are very tall, so I look even shorter than I normally am.)|