Trekkies work tirelessly for months preparing their costumes for the annual costume contest at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention. Last Saturday night, contestants walked across the main stage in front of hundreds of fans. Some of the most creative costumes from around the world came to battle for the Grand Prize: a $1,000 Creation gift certificate and the admiration of everyone at the con.
In the end, the judges had the tough job of recognizing a few contestants as the “best of the best.” This year’s panel of judges featured four special celebrity guests: Discovery‘s Mary Chieffo (L’Rell), Star Trek (2009) head creature designer Neville Page, make-up and costume designer extraordinaire Michael Westmore (TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT), and of course, Jadzia Dax herself, Terry Farrell.
Grand Prize goes to House Duras
Juliane Dowell and Alison Mingle won Grand Prize for their portrayal of the Duras Sisters Lursa and B’Etor, the conniving Klingon duo. Juliane and Alison became friends in college and are always on the lookout for any pair they can cosplay. Juliane chose this costume because she knew it would help her develop her skills: “These were the first really serious costumes I’ve made and I chose them knowing I’d have to learn a lot in the process. I learned how to sew, how to use worbla, how to make life casts, how to make appliances, how to use resin, and more!” Interestingly, making the costume was not the hardest part. According to Juliane, “Wearing the costumes is harder than any single step of creating them. They are heavy, hot, tight, and restricting, and they really take a lot out of us every time we wear them.”
1st Runner-up: The Antedeans
Kelly Williams and Seth Hudson won 1st Runner-Up for their Antedean costumes. Antedeans are fish-like aliens first seen in the season 2 Next Generation episode “Manhunt.” Kelly felt the hardest part was making the mask: “This was my first latex mask attempt. I had to do this because no other `on-the-market’ monster mask came close to this design.” Kelly started with clay modeling, plaster mold, and then latex. Predominantly, Kelly enjoys masked cosplays. “I enjoy being incognito. I like masked creatures. All of my cosplays are masked. I also like the 50’s B movie aspect of this particular alien. Ridiculous looking but in an awesome way.”
2nd Runner-Up: The Family Borg
2nd Runner-Up was awarded to Eric Allan Hall and his family. Eric, well known for his intricate Borg costume, decided to do a Borg Collective costume entry with his four children this year. While Eric worked hard on the costumes, he can’t claim full credit for the idea:
“I did not force or even suggest that my kids become Borg with me. After years of having seen me do it by myself, my daughter, Cleo (11), asked me if I would make a Borg costume that she could wear to Las Vegas to enter the costume contest with me. Soon after, her brother Allan (10) wanted one, followed by Spencer (7), and then Phoenix (4). The kids had a blast walking the floor in them and posing with other fans. Entering and placing in the costume contest was just icing on the cake for them.”
3rd Runner-Up: Thank You, Mr. Homn
Debbi and Rich Reinke won 3rd Runner-Up for their Lwaxana Troi and Mr. Homn costumes. The couple had met Denise Crosby at a convention, and, wanting to do something special for The Next Generation‘s 30th Anniversary, asked what she thought they should cosplay. Denise suggested Lwaxana Troi and Mr. Homn! They started working on their costumes in December of 2016, toiling away through evenings and weekends and finally finishing at 10:30am on the day of the contest! The creative couple are already taking suggestions for costumes for next year.
More Cosplay Fun
Rob and Tawnya Zerr, attending their first convention, recreated the nightmarish scene from the seventh season TNG episode “Phantasms”. You know the scene. The one where Data cuts into a Deanna Troi cellular peptide cake… with mint frosting!
As the costume contest ended the hallways flooded with fans eager to take pictures of all of the participants. Trekkies asked the contestants dozens of questions about how they made their costumes. Everyone seemed to enjoy celebrating creativity. The costume contest at Star Trek Las Vegas continues to be one of the most enjoyed events of the convention!
The contestants weren’t the only ones dressed up during this year’s STLV. Check out some of our favorite cosplays roaming the floor last weekend!