Nora and Bruce Mai
Nora Mai was President of the ICG for 3 years, chaired Costume-Con 16 & has edited 3 Future Fashion Folios. She was the founding President of the St Louis Costumers Guild & has held SLCG offices on and off for nearly 20 years. A frequent contributor to the Future Fashion Folios, she started making her own Middle Eastern Dance costumes in High School because she couldn’t afford to buy them. She has been costuming for over four decades with experience in Historical and SF & F, and mostly does originals. She & Bruce received the ICG Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. At Costume-Con 30 Nora received the Founders Award for service to Costume-Con. Recently she began collecting and costuming BJDs. And she currently works as the primary photo archivist (digitizing & inventorying) for the Pat & Peggy Kennedy Memorial Library and the International Costumers Gallery.
Bruce Mai’s first “costume” was a Dalek from Doctor Who, nearly 30 years ago. Once he met Nora, he learned to sew. He served as President of the St. Louis Costumers Guild for 5 years and co-chaired Costume-Con 25. He was the Future Fashion Show Director for Costume-Con 30.
He & Nora received the ICG Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. Currently, he is the administrator for the International Costumers Gallery (a website with 20,000+ costume photos and growing) and the video archivist for the Pat and Peggy Kennedy Memorial Library. With Nora, he has been producing content for both the ICG Archives Travelling Road Show and the YouTube channel that features convention costumers and their works from the past 40 years. Together, they enjoy exploring new techniques and styles of costuming. They also like meeting and encouraging new costumers so they have more people to play with. They received the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2010 and in the future, they plan on remaining entertaining.