Creative Director – Founder
After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising with a degree in Fashion Design, Spencer realized that his love for fashion was not entirely found on a runway, but seen on screen through film and television. As a Los Angeles event planner, Spencer began to organize panels of costume designers benefiting students who were fascinated by costume design. As Spencer’s connections within the costume design field began to grow, so did his love for the craft. Then in 2019, Spencer decided it was time to share his love for costume design on an international level and launched The Art of Costume.
Elizabeth Joy Glass
Elizabeth Joy Glass grew up on the east coast in Pennsylvania surrounded by early American history. A childhood full of fantasy, sci-fi, and historical media, inspired her to start sewing and cosplaying. After high school, Elizabeth decided to move across the country to study fashion and costume design at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. While in school she worked on several AFI thesis films in the costume department. Elizabeth ultimately graduated with a B.A. in Digital Cinema and decided to pursue a career in video production and screenwriting, but she still holds a love for costume design and its history.
Mariana was born in Colombia and grew up immersed in a very artistic and creative environment. She attended a music academy for over 10 years, and it was here where she started developing her passion for costumes and fashion. She studied Fashion Design at LCI Bogota, but her creative career really began with putting outfits together for her music peers, designing costumes, and making headpieces out of recycling material. By the time she was done with fashion school, she worked for 2 years in the industry, but she knew that she wanted to get immersed in the costume world. Her dream was to bring characters to life and understand their stories, rather than having a fashion brand. She quit her job and came to Canada in 2019, pursuing her dreams. She is currently a Costume Production student at Fanshawe College.
Nandini Khetan is a Fashion Stylist & Creative Writer with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Communication from the National Institute of Fashion Technology Bangalore, India. She believes in hard work & productivity with great enthusiasm, her idea of fashion & style was nurtured as she gained experience while assisting shoots, working under experts in her field, freelancing & interning as a stylist, and collaborating with like-minded people. She grew as a writer more recently for her love & passion for costume & fashion.
Csilla Szlovák is a Hungarian costume designer based in Helsinki. From an early age she has been passionate about film and theatre. During her high school years, she participated in several exhibitions with a local art group and challenged herself with makeup and theatre. Her love of storytelling led her to get a bachelor’s degree in journalism and film studies at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. Her studies also entailed psychology and sociology as well, the knowledge of which she turned into practice in several short films and theatre projects there.
Her passion for costume has crystallized with these projects, and one step closer to her dreams, she is now completing her master’s degree in Costume Design at Aalto University in Finland.
Jada Davis Turner
Jada’s passion for fashion started at a very young age. She would create her own jewelry, accessories, outfits and she even started a fashion club with some of her friends. In high school she was a part of a drama club and went on to join the costume crew where she helped design and make costumes for plays. Thus began her story in the world of theater arts, film, and fashion, inspiring her to want to learn more about each field. Jada was then introduced to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). She was thrilled when she got the opportunity to fly across the country to attend their 3 Days of Fashion event where she had the chance to collaborate with creative, ambitious students on various fashion projects.
In order to gain more knowledge about the fashion industry, Jada went on to work in retail. One of her more rewarding experiences was the opportunity to work at a Halloween store, where she was able to connect and share ideas with people who love costumes just as much as she does. She even won a Best Costume Award!
Candice has loved costume design from a young age. While attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, she gave trolley tours of the downtown Los Angeles Fashion District for BID (The Fashion District Business Improvement District) and worked behind the scenes as a dresser for numerous fashion shows throughout Southern California. The love of costuming continued to grow while she worked in the Costume Department at Disneyland and as an Assistant Wardrobe Shop Manager for the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.
Candice has been married for 13 years and together they have three children. She loves sewing, pattern-making, reading about the History of Costume and is an avid collector of vintage sewing machines. Currently, she is working on historical costuming pieces to wear to next year’s Costume College Conference. Candice is a member of Girls Scouts (as well as Troop Leader) , CGW (Costume Guild West, Inc.), ISMACS (International Sewing Machine Collectors’ Society) and The Costume Society – UK.