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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. She is the founding chairperson and service mark owner of Costume-Con®, which has been held continuously since 1983. She edited The Whole Costumer's Catalogue (a directory of where to find costuming supplies) for 14 years, and still has an encyclopedic knowledge of where to find the right raw materials.

She is an International Costumer’s Guild Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for service to the costuming community. She is best known for attention to detail, impeccable workmanship, and building a full character, not just a costume.