Our fourth photo gallery from WonderCon 2016 focuses on the Masquerade, held on Saturday evening, March 26.
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Click here for information regarding the WonderCon Masquerade for 2017, to be held Saturday, April 1 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
WonderCon’s 2016 Masquerade contestants had the wonderful opportunity to utilize a true stage theater for the 2016 convention: the Microsoft Theater at L.A Live, home of the Prime Time Emmy Awards, the People’s Choice Awards, and many other televised events. Although it was our first time using the facility and its staff and technical personnel, the Masquerade ran wonderfully and all the contestants and the audience of 3,000 had a fun and memorable experience. Our Master of Ceremonies was the talented and amusing artist and writer Phil Foglio of Studio Foglio. An impressive 25-person dance show was the main feature during the judging intermission, performed by the talented fan organization The Corps Dance Crew. The competition featured 35 entries, totaling 61 costumed bodies.
WonderCon Trophy Winners
Best Presentation: “Art Nouveau Ariel”
(Original/Re-creation). Worn and made by Reistar.
Most Beautiful: “Nightmare at the Carnivale: When Two Holidays Collide”
(Original Designs). Worn and made by Natalie Lawson, Ken Hazlett, and Bryn Hazlet-Lawson.
Most Humorous: “The Hobbit: In Less Than Two Minutes”
Worn and made by Alena Hoffman, Rebecca Hoogeven, and Isabel Reza.
Best Workmanship: “Thranduil”
Worn and made by Miriam Silver.
Best Original Design: “Scar from The Lion King”
(An original interpretation of the animated character). Made and worn by Jose Davalos.
Best Re-Creation: “Avengers: Age of Ultron Hulkbuster”
Worn and made by Daniel J. Trevizo.
Judges’ Choice: “DC Superhero Girls”
Made and worn by HelloKoko, Unfragmented Decoy, Natalie Atkins, Arielle Cosplay, Kymoaster, and Flying Octophant,
Best in Show: “Iorveth”
Worn and made by Bangaraangex.
All the winners above will also receive complimentary badges (up to 4 memberships per winning group) to WonderCon Anaheim 2017, March 31–April 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Extra thanks for all their hard work, talent, and dedication!
In addition, the judges awarded the following Honorable Mentions:
Honorable Mention for Original Design: “Lady Groot”
(Original/Re-creation) Worn and made by Rachel Barrick.
Honorable Mention for Re-Creation: “Gender Swapped Pajama Party Harley Quinn”
Worn and made by Daniel Herman.
Honorable Mention for Workmanship : “Geralt of Rivia:The Witcher”
Worn and made Derek Stevenson.
Company and Organization Prize Winners
DC Comics awarded, for the Best DC Universe entry, a special limited edition collectible from ShopDCEntertainment.com to: “Hawkgirl," worn and made by Angi Viper.
Lucasfilm bestowed for the Best Star Wars entries large gift baskets of limited edition items from the Lucasfilm Archives to: “Star Wars Old Republic," worn and made by Gary, Terry, and Gary J. Latonio; and to “The Mughal Empire Strikes Back!” (Original Designs), made and worn by Amit Bhattacharyya, Mary Alderete, and Jacob Alderete.
The Costumer's Guild West bestowed to what they deemed the most promising costumer a full scholarship to Costume College and one night's hotel, valued at $300, to “Queen Minnie,” worn and made by Amanda Lewis. Costume College offers seminars and workshops on all aspects of costuming and is held each July at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA.
Electric Entertainment, producers of the hit TV adventure series The Librarians, presented a prize package that included a $300 Amazon Gift Card and a production script with cast autographs to the entry that most impressed them. Judging their category was Electric Entertainment’s founder & CEO Dean Devlin (writer, producer, and director whose credits include Independence Day, Independence Day 2: Resurgence, Stargate, Godzilla, and The Patriot). His chosen winner was “Meridian Warrior, from the All Light Will Fall Saga,” (an original design), worn by Almney King, with construction assistance from Amira King.
Frank & Son Collectibles Show of the City of Industry, CA, took a break from their very popular bi-weekly mini-cons to generously gave what they deemed the audience favorite ($500 in cash) to: “Lady Groot," worn and made by Rachel Barrick.
WonderCon gives a hearty thanks to all the contestants who participated in the show, to all the companies and organizations that generously donated prizes, to Master of Ceremonies Phil Foglio, The Corps Dance Crew for their judging intermission show, and to all the volunteers behind the scenes that made this event possible.