Claire Rogoski hails from Skokie, Illinois, where she first learned how to sew behind the scenes in the costume shop at Niles West High School. During the summers, she put her sewing skills to the test by creating outfits to wear to the Bristol Renaissance Faire. Earning her BA in History at Carthage College, she double minored in German and Theatre. In 2007, she became the first student at Carthage to costume design a faculty-directed play (Crimes of the Heart). At the same time, she completed her senior thesis about women's foundation wear and its effects on their roles in 1820-1920s American society and was awarded two research scholarships for her work.
Claire completed her MA in Museum Studies with a focus in ethnography at the UK's University of Leicester in 2010 and currently works as a project coordinator for a point of purchase display company in Chicago. She takes part in community theatre in the northwestern Illinois suburbs as both an actress and a costumer.
It's such fun to see the looks on the kids' faces when they see their favourite characters come to life. If I can do charitable events in cosplay, like with Costumers With A Cause, it's so meaningful! Creating cosplays also challenges me as a costumer; as an artist - it makes me want to try something more spectacular each time - and if it's my own spin on an iconic character, SO MUCH THE BETTER!
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