The International Costumers’ Guild presents special awards and recognitions for notable contributions to costuming and the costuming community.
Forrest J Ackerman
On September 3, 1994, during the masquerade at Conadian, the 52nd Worldcon in Winnipeg Canada, ICG President Pierre Pettinger presented a special recognition plaque to Forrest J Ackerman.
The International Costumers Guild extends to Forrest J Ackerman our highest esteem and admiration, and recognizes him as the Father of Convention Costuming, Presented on September 4, 1994 at Conadian, the 52nd World Science Fiction Convention, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Myrtle R Douglas
On June 24, 2016, the ICG Board of Directors approved a motion recognizing Myrtle R “Morojo” Douglas as the “Mother of Convention Costuming.” A special video recognition with ICG President Philip Gust was presented on August 19, 2016, during the masquerade at MidAmericon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.
The International Costumers’ Guild recognizes Myrtle R Douglas as the Mother of Convention Costuming for making both “futuristicostumes” and wearing one of them at the first Worldcon. Thank you, Morojo, for your energy and enthusiasm for the art form, and for helping to establish convention costuming as the worldwide phenomenon we know today.
In 1939, Forrest J Ackerman and Myrtle R Douglas attended the first World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) wearing “futuristicostumes” made by Douglas, based on the 1936 H.G. Wells movie Things to Come. These were the first sci-fi fan costumes ever worn at a convention. After 1939, costume contests became an annual tradition at Worldcon, drawing more and more participants with each passing year.
- Photo of Forrest J Ackerman and Myrtle R Douglas at 1939 Worldcon. ICG International Costumers’ Gallery.
- Photo of Forrest J Ackermann at 1939 Worldcon. ICG International Costumers’ Gallery.
- “Meet the Woman Who Invented Cosplay” by Jennifer Culp, May 9, 2016.
- “The First Lady of Cosplay” by Cristen Conger, August 27, 2014.
- “Myrtle R Douglas: Mother of Convention Costuming” (video), August 19, 2016.
- “Myrtle R Douglas: Mother of Convention Costuming” by Philip Gust, ICG International Costumer newsletter, Volume XV Issue 5, Sept-Oct 2016, pp 7-8.