What is the ICG? It's an international community of costumers, for costumers. Whether you make costumes from sci-fi, fantasy, anime, literary, original designs, anything, it's all costuming, and the ICG is designed for you.
We often encounter younger cosplayers who are either totally unaware that there is a pre-existing costuming community, or fear that they won't be accepted by 'the older people'. Nothing could be farther from the truth! In our experience, 'older' costumers are more than happy to see fresh new faces and to share their expertise. That's part of the purpose of this site - to connect younger costumers with the pre-existing costuming community.
From the ICG's website:
The International Costumers' Guild was formed in 1985 in the wake of CostumeCon 3, when groups of costuming aficionados formed and subsequently united in a common cause. Our purpose is to bring hobbyist and professional costumers from around the world together, and to foster, through its chapters, local educational and social costume events.
We welcome everyone with an interest in the art of costuming - from concept to assembly to display and all stages in between - in all areas of costume. Our members include historic reenactors, professional, educational and community theatrical costumers, science fiction fans,renaissance festival participants, and a vast array of others who are interested in the making, wearing and display of costume.
The ICG exists on two levels; first, as an affiliated group of chapters across North America and Australia. Area chapters meet on a regular basis, trading tips, skills and ideas among members. Most chapters also produce newsletters several times a year, providing out-of-town members with a chance to contribute and share their own interests and ideas.
Each year members of the ICG converge at Costume-Con, the annual convention of costume hobbyists and professionals. Held at a different site each year, Costume-Con is an exciting time to see what fellow costumers are working on, trade tips and tricks on design and construction, and in general celebrate the wide world of costuming with fellow aficionados.
If you're unfamiliar with the ICG, I encourage you to check out their site and find out if there is a chapter in your area - there are probably many talented and experienced costumers who would be happy to welcome you into the community!
Also, if you are interested in joining the new Canadian chapter we are starting up, please let us know! There is a thread on the subject in our discussion forums.