499732016 ICG Guidelines Revision Committee
- Mar 17, 2016I am happy to announce that the ICG Board of Directors has approved
creating an ad hoc committee that will review and consider revisions to
the ICG's "Guidelines for Ensuring Fair Competition." Many costume
competitions worldwide of all sizes have incorporated the fairness
principals embodied in the ICG Guidelines into their own rules.
The late Peggy Kennedy first proposed a skill division system to ensure
that new or less experienced costumers did not have to compete against
more advanced ones. It was first used at the 1981 Worldcon. The ICG
adopted the the first ICG Guidelines in 1992 that embraced this idea.
They were revised in 1994, and given a major update in 2004. In 2010,
they were updated again as the current version on the ICG website
It's important to periodically review the ICG Guidelines, and consider
revisions that make the them more understandable and easier for costume
competitions to apply, and that reflect current best fairness practices.
Six years after adopting the current version, it is time to take another
I have appointed four ICG members to the 2016 ICG Guidelines Committee:
Tonya Adolfson - Gem State Costumers
Maral Agnerian - Fibre Fantasy Artists of Canada
Rae Bradbury-Enslin - New Jersey - New York Costumers Guild
Vicki Warren - Greater Delaware Valley Costumers Guild
Each has extensive experience participating in and running many
different types of costume competitions, and working with the ICG
Guidelines. From now until the end of September 2016, they will review
the current ICG Guidelines, seek formal and informal input from the
costuming communities, and propose revisions for the ICG Board to
approve by the end of 2016. You'll be hearing more about the Committee
in the coming months. I am confident that the revision process is in
Please join me in thanking Tonya, Maral, Rae, and Vicki for their service.
International Costumers' Guild