Georgia Tech: New Computing Approach May Save At-Risk Carnival Costume Making Tradition. “Wire-bending has been a traditional method of constructing costumes for the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival since the 1930s, but Vernelle A.A. Noel, a joint professor with the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing and School of Architecture in the College of Design, has been conducting research on this at-risk practice.”
Virginia Tech: Historical costume descriptors bridge gap between past and present. “The objective is to compare language from the past with new language that we use today to describe costume artifacts across different time periods. The Oris Glisson Historic Costume and Textile Collection will be digitized and made available to the public, increasing accessibility and access.”
Chrome Unboxed: Google Launches Interactive Tool To Help You Decide On The Perfect Halloween Costume
Chrome Unboxed: Google Launches Interactive Tool To Help You Decide On The Perfect Halloween Costume. “Are you trying to decide what you’d like to be for Halloween? Being yourself or the new kid on the block doesn’t count, and you’ve only got a few weeks left! What are you going to do, perform a simple Google search for the most popular costumes? That could take a while. Luckily for you, Google has compiled all of this data into a new interactive tool called Frightgeist, and you can access it right now!”
CBR: Masked Wrestler Guide Recreates Over 200 Masks – in 8-Bit Form. “An Illustrated Guide to Masked Wrestlers is a cross between an interactive gallery and an online museum exhibit where 226 wrestling masks are recreated in an 8-bit art style. From the home page, you can choose to either be guided through the gallery, connecting certain masks’ and wrestlers’ stories together (under ‘Choose a Guided Story’) or choose to explore the gallery freely, clicking on whichever mask ignites your curiosity (under ‘Skip the Story’)”
Invision Community: New Website Launched Dedicated to Cosplay. “ReedPop has announced the launch of Cosplay Central – a new multiplatform destination that is designed to be the global voice of the cosplay community and the premier destination for all things Cosplay, including the latest news, special features, videos, advice columns, interviews, tutorials, photo galleries and much more.”
Hollywood Reporter: Costume Designers Guild Sewing Masks for Health Care Facilities. “IATSE’s Theatre Wardrobe Locals, the Hollywood Costumers Local and Costume Designers Guild are leading an effort through which its members will sew protective masks for immediate distribution to health care facilities. The effort addresses the enormous shortage of masks, gloves and additional protective gear that doctors and other health care workers rely upon as they treat individuals with coronavirus symptoms.”
Philly Voice: Need Halloween costume inspo? Check out Google’s Frightgeist. “As we inch closer to Halloween, here’s something scary to think about: walking into a Halloween party and realizing your costume isn’t as awesome/unique as you thought because there are at least 12 other people dressed up as the exact same thing. This year, you can avoid that thanks to Google’s very-’80s-looking costume trend tool Frightgeist.” It is SO 1980s.
Arizona State University: ASU Child Drama Collection extends its reach to scholars. “Arizona State University’s Child Drama Collection is the largest, most utilized and internationally renowned youth-theater repository in the world, according to university officials. It lures scholars, playwrights, performers and students from around the world to study its costumes, scripts, designs and ephemera — but the reach for one of its most prized portions has been limited to those who could journey to Hayden Library in Tempe. By the end of the year, however, a listing of the contents of the Irene Corey Collection will become accessible to everyone online.”
I had no idea there was a stock media site just for historic re-enactment footage and images. “With the new website, Producers and researchers are able to browse categories and request on-line digital screeners of the time-coded re-enactment rushes, and immediately ingest the footage for editing. From intimate historical character vignettes to epic large scale battles, all of the historical collections are shot with expert cinematic composition and lighting. Some of these battles include more than 15,000 authentic re-enactors, cannons and hundreds of cavalry.”
Are you going trick or treating this year? Google wants to help you find your costume with Frightgeist. “The page taps Google’s Trends data to show you the relative popularity of different outfits depending on your location – provided you live in the US – based on the 500 most popular searches.” This was kind of hit and miss. Pizza Rat, for example, was not on there. However, if you want to dress as Finn the Human you’ll probably be okay.