Jeanine Swick

Jeanine Swick, Recipient of the 2024 ICG LAA

On March 30, 2024, ICG President Kevin Roche presented the ICG’s highest honor, the ICG Lifetime Achievement Award, to Jeanine Swick. The award was presented at the Science Fiction and Fantasy masquerade at Costume-Con 42 in Aurora, Colorado.

The award is made in recognition of the formidable role she has played for over 15 years in both the International Costumers’ Guild and in the wider costuming community.  

For her many years service to the ICG, her role in the wider costuming community, and her costuming skills, Jeanine Swick was selected by the LAA electors to receive the 2024 Award.

View her LAA award page to learn more about her.

Here is the complete text of Kevin Roche’s announcement at Costume-Con 42:

One of the responsibilities and privileges of being the President of the ICG is administering the selection process for and presentation of the International Costumers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a body of achievement in the costuming art and service to the costuming community. Candidates for the award:

  • Shall have been active in the costuming community for at least 10 years.
  • Shall have achieved significant recognition for their costuming skills, which may be in the form of, but not restricted to, competitive awards, professional accomplishments, teaching of skills, and/or media recognition.
  • Shall have made significant contributions in service to the costuming community.

Any ICG member, chapter or special interest group in good standing may nominate candidates; the selection is done by the Chapter Presidents and elected ICG officers via secret ballot administered by the President.

This year we had *seven* deserving nominees, and it is my privilege tonight to announce the 2024 recipient.

Kevin Roche Presents LAA to Jeanine Swick

Kevin Roche Presets 2024 LAA to Jeanine Swick.

For over fifteen years this costumer has played a formidable role, both for the International Costumers’ Guild and in the wider costuming community.  

Service to the ICG

As ICG Treasurer since 2009, they have exceeded all expectations in performing the duties of the office. Not only have they ensured that the ICG’s  finances have been impeccably maintained and annual budgets prepared and submitted, but they have also performed all the membership functions including interacting with chapters on monthly membership updates, contacting chapters who have become delinquent, and in a few cases the difficult job of notifying chapters that they are no longer associated with the ICG when they have lapsed. 

They are also active on multiple ICG committees, including  Budget and Finance, Publications, Technology and Web, and the Marty Gear Costuming Arts and Sciences Fund Administration Committee.

Their exemplary service has been recognized with the ICG President’s Award on four occasions. indicating high regard for their services to the ICG; to say that they have played and continue to play a pivotal role in the life of the ICG would be a considerable understatement.

Role in the Costuming Community

This member is widely recognized in multiple costuming communities for both their participation and craftsmanship, and for offering encouragement to others. They are especially active in medieval costuming within the Society for Creative Anachronism, where they also vend costume accessories that are highly regarded for their quality and craftsmanship. They are also known for offering helpful advice to newer costumers. Finally, they are the first of a three-generation family who participate in costuming, textile and wearable arts, and competition.

Costuming Skills

This year’s recipient has demonstrated considerable costuming skills, including costuming construction and performance during various local, regional, and international competitions, including many Costume-Cons. In addition, they have made or participated in making costumes for their daughter and grandson, have been a judge or  judges clerk, and a frequent volunteer in many roles at these events.

It is my honor and privilege to announce that the recipient of the 2024 International Costumers’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award is Jeanine Swick