in costume
Photo: Al Gillen

Marjii Ellers

1990 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Marjii Ellers was a shining example that costuming could be a life long hobby and passion. She went from modeling skimpy costumes and fanciful headpieces at Beaux-Arts Balls in her 20’s to winning major awards at Worldcon and NasFic Masquerades in her 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s.

In her later years, she mentored younger costumers and was a major force in promoting recognition for hall costumes as well as stage costumes. She also encouraged highly competitive Worldcon costumers to play nicely with each other. Her motto was Tennyson’s “One equal temper of heroic hearts.”

Marjii passed away in 1999.