Designer David Santillanes - “I wanted to highlight some of my inspiration for the Sexy Snow Queen in our Costume Confidential Collection. My main source of inspiration was a gorgeous ballerina costume featured in a stage production of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen.” I really wanted this costume to glimmer and sparkle. While doing some inspirational shopping in the LA Fashion District, I found a blue sequin fabric and jeweled snowflake brooch that were the perfect fit for this style. To give the fur an icicle feel, I added an iridescent bead trim that dangles gently around the arms. The handkerchief skirt is made in layers and iridescent organza and satin. Her sculpted crown is the finishing touch, complete with clear rhinestones, iridescent glitter, and faceted crystals. ”

Our General Manager accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at work so we put her in our “Beautiful Mermaid” costume in keeping with the water theme. Thank you for being a great sport and giving back Joanne!

Our elegant Medieval Queen (#7045/1103) has a presence all her own. Coming up with an embroidery to match her stately elegance, we combined celtic artwork with a mirror image of classical dragons. Using gold thread to pick up the gilded trim and red thread to set off the center jewel, it instantly transforms the wearer to a time of legendary royalty & fantastical dragons. All hail this Medieval Queen!

Designer David Santillanes - The Midnight Count is an all new Elite style for 2014 inspired by Universal Studio’s Classic Film, Dracula, released in 1931. The costume uses a custom satin brocade embellished with antique silver buttons. I handcrafted the jeweled bat pin for the ascot to give the style an iconic vampire element. Here is a concept sketch and a photo of Bela Lugosi who plays the infamous Dracula himself.

People have been asking us how we do the printing on our costumes. The process is called “sublimation printing” and our Circus Psycho is a great example.

“SUBLIMATION PRINTING: A printing process that uses heat to transfer dye onto materials such as a plastic, card, paper, or fabric.”

Sculptor, Jason Hite – “July is one of my favorite times of the year because Comic-Con invades San Diego. Downtown becomes nothing short of an amusement park flooded with events, art, media, and people!  Even if you don’t have a ticket to get into the convention center, there are countless events to do for free if you can manage the parking! Even the Central Library had a neat mystery scavenger hunt with clues and activities centered around an H.P. Lovecraft theme. 

 In my opinion, Comic-Con is the Mecca of pop culture events. Companies come with their new lines of creative products to impress the masses. I went for 4 days and I still don’t think I saw everything I wanted to see. As an artist, I leave that experience exhausted but I come away with new perspectives and ideas that fuel my imagination. 

 I was especially fascinated by the work of artist Thomas Kuntz’s and his automated sculpture. You can find his work at

Designer - David Santillanes - “I want to give you a sneak peek of a new Costume Confidential Style for 2015! Sumptuous fabrics and exquisite craftsmanship blended with a most provocative vision. This style is inspired by Captain Hook’s costume in ABC’s hit series Once Upon a Time. Stay tuned!” 

Sculptor - Jason Hite - Part of our job here at ICC  in the development department is making comments on the products we get back from China. For sculpted items, we send over a special sculpt tooling, paint master and specification sheet. Then, 30-45 days later, we receive our first pre-production sample. Nine times out of ten, we must make comments to adjust any defects in paint, fit, or any number of odd things that can go wrong between here and China! This is not a glamorous part of the job but it is an integral one. Everything we make goes through a comment process until it is the best product we can make. Last week a style came to my attention that needed some help. Take a look at the problem, and solution I proposed to fix it. This also just happened to be the very first thing I sculpted for ICC back in November of 2011! 

Designer, David Santillanes - “I wanted to highlight our all new Costume Confidential Blushing Bride! Here is a close up of the bodice embroidery and the bustle that attaches to the corset, along with the concept sketch and a photo of the costume itself. It’s also perfect for a glamorous summer wedding. So slip on this sexy wedding gown and tie the knot!”

Happy 4th of July from InCharacter Costumes!!!