Masquerade: The Magazine of Science Fiction Costuming

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Title: Masquerade: The Magazine of Science Fiction Costuming
Editor(s): Mike Resnick
Date(s): 1980
Fandom: multimedia, cosplay
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Masquerade: The Magazine of Science Fiction Costuming is a 52-page zine of photos and articles, edited and published by Mike Resnick.

Masquerade was published in 1980. It includes more than 50 photos, plus articles by Mike Resnick, Astrid Anderson, Joni Stopa, Carol Resnick, Ann Chancellor, Marjii Ellers, Kathy Sanders, more.

EDITORIAL by Mike Resnick (excerpt)

It began, like so many other fannish traditions, with Forry Ackerman, who showed up at the very first Worldcon back in 1939 dressed in a futuristic outfit. Fandom took the concept of a Worldcon masquerade to heart, and by the late 1950's the costume ball (it wasn't a rigid competition back then) was the biggest crowd attraction of the convention, featuring such well-remembered costumes stalwarts as Karen Anderson, Olga Ley, and a seemingly endless series of BEMS created by Stu Hoffman. Soon Jon and Joni Stopa and Bruce Pelz joined the annual parade of masqueraders, the bands and dancing were left behind, and the era of the elegant and elaborate costumes had arrived. This magazine is a child of that era.

Reactions and Reviews

Attention fellow costume buffs! Someone has finally put out a fanzine for us nice people who will spend a whole year sewing 30,000 sequins on a costume that will be seen for 60 seconds. MASQUERADE is by and about people who appear in masquerades at science fiction conventions. The first thing you will notice about this 'zine is the photographs — 2 or 3 on most pages — of prize-winning costumes. They are arranged by costume creator, giving a retrospective of his or her work. Each photo is accompanied by text written by the costume creator which describes the conception, execution, and presentation of the costume plus post-presentation comments. The costumes range from the ridiculous (The Turd, whose costume consisted of peanut butter applied to the skin) to the sublime (The White Sybil and the Ice Demon — 1974 [unclear word] II). OK. so the photos are all in black-and-white, and some of them are blurred. The accompanying text makes up for the deficiencies of the photos. In addition, there are a number of articles on costuming, some of which originally appeared in MidAmeriCom Progress Reports, but which are worth reprinting. They cover a number of areas, but I found the following two to be the most interesting 1.) Joni Stopa's article on how to get the stuff from which costumes are made. It includes addresses for mail order houses which sell everything from padded girdles to glow-in- the-dark makeup. 2) Lynne Aronson's "Wax, Wigs, Warts, and other Dermal Deceptions" - or the use, abuse, and removal of stage makeup for the beginner. The only deficiency is the lack of costumes from Star Trek conventions. (Well, you can't go to all of them.) No Mike! We don't all go dressed as Mr. Spock! There's plenty of original costuming at ST Con's, too. When you buy MASQUERADE, send him a nice, polite letter bomb explaining this little known fact. You might also complain about the front cover. The bare-breasted broads on the inside are much better looking. [1]


  1. ^ from TREKisM #15