DragonCon Fashion Preview!
Created by wilhelminaframe on 8/27/2013 1:36:59 AM

Editrix de Mode Wilhelmina Frame gives an overview of programming for fashionistas at DragonCon.

Coming this weekend is Atlanta’s (and perhaps America’s) premiere fandom convention, Dragon Con. In 2012, over 50,000 people attended this con and fashionistas and cosplayers are no doubt furiously sewing and crafting in preparation.

Here are some ideas where to see, be seen and learn while in the whirlwind of DragonCon.

The Alternate History Track is the first stop for Steampunks at DragonCon. The track features a series of four panels, Alt. History Costuming, devoted to different eras of historical fashion beginning with Tudor fashion and ending with the The Great Wars. Panellists include designer Megan Maude, members of the League of S.T.E.A.M., Aleta Parladis and Your Editrix, Wilhelmina Frame. Other Alt. History track panels with a fashion focus include Rococo & Nerf: the XYZ Punk Effect, about other historical mashups and The Art of Adapting Characters for Alt. History Costuming.

The Costuming Track is pretty self explanatory. It’s all about costumes but not necessarily costumes with a historical bent. Want to learn about making and wearing fangs? Perhaps chainmaille is a thing for you. You can learn about this things and more in the costuming track. The track also features panels on pattern adjustment and draping. Makers such as Paige Gardner Smith and Daniel Valdez are pulling double duty as presenters both on the Alt. History Track and the Costuming Track.

For a slightly different take, you might be interested in some of the programming on the Silk Road Track. This track is all about “the East”. Slated are panels on Japanese street fashion, especially Lolita, a street fashion style that works especially well with Steampunk.

For a more humorous take on fashion, check out Friday’s Alt. History Event “Biscuits and Bowlers at Dawn: The High Fashion and High Tea Duel”. Steampunks will strut the catwalk and fire off their best pose in a “duel” ala a Zoolander walkoff. In the event’s second half, Your Editrix will don her fez and preside as Tiffin Master over DragonCon’s First Tea Duelling tournament. Professor Elemental is your host at this event!

Of course, the biggest place to see fashion at DragonCon, is, well, everywhere! DragonCon is definitely a con to see and be seen. Creativity, entertainment and eye candy is constantly on display. See you there!


Editrix de Mode and Part Time Lion Tamer, Wilhelmina Frame travels the globe in pursuit of adventure and style. When not in the circus ring with Rajah, her tiger and the rest of her “Kitten Kabal” (seven lions, three cheetahs and a rather droll panther), Ms. Frame can be seen at the most fabulous parties, in the latest fashions, sparkling with wit in conversation. Ms. Frame is the founder and Tiffin Master of The American Tea Duelling Society. Ms. Frame's alter-ego, Gretchen Jacobsen, is a freelance producer, award-winning costumer, prolific crafter and frequent convention panelist. She sings quite well also. Visit the home of The American Tea Duelling Society on Facebook, follow Ms. Frame on Pinterest or @ptliontamer on Twitter.

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