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  • Karen Schnaubelt

    One of the Founders of Costume-Con

    Karen Schnaubelt has been costuming since 1973, doing both media re-creations and her own original designs, and has won major awards at every level of competition in 5 different decades.

    Her work appears in the Star Fleet Technical Manual, The Costume-Maker's Art, and Cosplay World. She is cited in Watching Anime, Reading Manga as one of the earliest anime-based cosplayers in the U.S. 

  • Bob Mogg

    The Iron Tailor

    Bob Mogg is an engineer by training, a historian by education, a teacher by experience, a costumer by preference, and an all-around maker just because that's what he is good at!  Combining all of these talents results in a prolific maker who takes the time to document and teach classes about some of his gadgets and costumes.  Since not everyone will fit into a classroom, he makes all of these projects available on his blog: Currently over 250 projects are detailed, mostly in the Steampunk genre, but many that crossover into other areas, or are just impossible to classify.

  • Susan Lazear

    Textile Expert

    Susan Lazear is a Professor of Fashion at Mesa College in San Diego where she teaches a variety of fashion courses including patternmaking, draping, textile design, etc. Susan designs wearable art, unusual fine art crafts and is a computer graphic artist.  In addition to her teaching she combines her skills in the creation of a line of software for sewers and textile artists under the Cochenille Design Studio name.  

  • Dial C Costume

    Dial C Costumes are two expert craftswomen with a 20+ year combined history of costume, cosplay, and clothing design and construction. Alicia and Diana have created hundreds of costumes individually and teamed up in 2017 to create Dial C Costumes for large scale and individual custom costume work.

  • Hokuprops

    Hokuprops is a special FX artist based out of Long Beach California. He specializes in designing his props and costumes digitally and utilizing different fabrication techniques he brings them from the virtual realm into reality.