The ICG mourns the passing of Marty Gear today. “In addition to his many other contributions to the costuming community, for which we honored him as the second recipient of our Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991, he was one of the founders of the ICG and served as its Executive Director from its establishment in 1985 until our incorporation in 1989,” said Byron Connell, an ICG past-president in a message to the ICG board of directors. “Perhaps more than anyone else in our community, Marty was responsible for bringing masquerades and other costumed stage events to their present state.” The ICG sends its condolences to his family.