Victoria Banjavcic is a costume technician, jewelry designer, and milliner based out of Toronto, Ontario. She received her BFA in Performance Production from Ryerson University, where she majored in Costuming. She also has a certificate in Millinery from George Brown College, and in 2013 was the Millinery Work Study at The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. Victoria has designed and built costumes for Terry Pratchett’s Monstrous Regiment (Socratic Theatre Collective, 2013), If We Were Birds (Randolph Academy, 2013), and Brother Andre’s Heart (Duchess Productions, 2011), and has worked on such Ryerson shows as Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Red Noses, The Hostage, and the annual period study workshops. Victoria has also taken special interest courses to continue refining her skills at the Stratford Festival and George Brown College, and specializes in fantasy and recreation costuming.
Victoria has also helped foster the local fandom costuming community by volunteering backstage at the local convention masquerades (costume competitions) since 2004, as well as teaching workshops on basic costuming, introductory pattern drafting, props, and costume breakdown and aging. She is available upon request to participate in convention programing on any of these topics.
She has won numerous costume awards for her work at regional and international fandom events, some of which include:
Best Recreation - Ad Astra 2012 (Toronto, ON)
Best Master Workmanship - Youmacon 2010 (Detroit, MI)
Best Artisan Workmanship - Ad Astra 2008 (Toronto, ON)
Best in Class, Novice - Worldcon 2009 (Montreal, QC)
Best Journeyman Props - CNAnime 2006 (Toronto, ON)
Best Journeyman Tailoring Workmanship - Anime North 2006 (Toronto, ON)
Best Journeyman Workmanship - Ad Astra 2006 (Toronto, ON)
Best Novice Pattern Construction - Toronto Trek 2005 (Toronto, ON)
Costume construction, Sewing, Draping, Flat patterning, Millinery, Wig application/care & styling, Dyeing & Distressing, Excellent attention to details and continuity.
If you would like to contact Victoria regarding costume work or convention programming, please email vbanjavcic(at)gmail.com.