Rules: Future Fashion Design Competition
Aimee Hartlove, Director
The Costume Con 12 Future Fashion Folio will put the emphasis on APPAREL, not merely costume. The Categories will include (but are not limited to):
It will also include the following Special Categories:
• Design Macabre • • At the Ball • • Hats! •
Awards will be given in all categories (1st, 2nd, 3rd place, if applicable) in addition to the prizes donated for the Special Categories. All winning entries are published in the Future Fashion Folio, which will be mailed to all CC12 members in early October. You DO NOT need to be a member to enter! (See rules that follow).
Please bear in mind that the competition is for CLOTHING. When designing for the different categories, we'd like to challenge you to create designs more along the lines of what really might be worn in the future, not just a more 'theatrical" approach (that's why we gave theatre its own category). Don't forget about accessories; hats, shoes, purses - anything a being might wear. Naturally you may (and we hope you shall) design for aliens, but it must be clothing for aliens, not merely the aliens themselves. For example, Kzinti mourning wear... HeeChee spacesuits... Vogon bridals...
Note: For those of you new to Costume Cons, the Future Fashion Folio is a competition that takes place before the start of the convention. Everyone is invited to submit designs of future fashion wear to the Folio director (Aimee Hartlove) before the deadline in September. All the designs are reviewed and examined by a panel of judges. The winning designs are selected and put together in a booklet form which is then sent out to everyone who has bought a Costume Con membership. People then "reserve" the design they would like to make by contacting the Folio director. Working with the Sunday "Dimensions In Design Showcase" director (Kevin Roche), you can model the design yourself, make it for a friend, or ask Kevin to find a model to wear it for you.
Rules for the Future Fashion Design Competition
1. All designs must be ORIGINAL IDEAS. You may draw your design on a traced figure or have someone else draw it. If someone other than yourself draws your design, please give them credit.
2. Artistic skill is not essential, but ideas are. If drawing isn't your strength, send a LSASE to Aimee's address and you'll be sent some figure outlines to draw over.
3. Your name and address must be clearly marked on the upper right corner of the BACK of EACH submitted design (NOT just on the envelope or on one design). Also put the CATEGORY you are designing for. All designs should be on white, unlined, 8-1/2x 1 l" paper.
4. Number each entry in the upper left corner of the BACK of your design. Include the total number of entries in that mailing. Example: if you submit 5 designs, they will be numbered #1 of 5, #2 of 5, and so forth.
5. Back views, a description of your design, fabric preference or colors, construction details, or anything else you think will be helpful should be submitted on a separate piece of paper. In fact, we strongly encourage this--it gives you credit for your hard work and helps the person who might make your design understand better what you had in mind! If you are inspired by a particular media, please identify it. Entitling your entry would also be nice. (Examples of past titles: "Coalfire Formal", "Bride of the Handmaiden of Death".)
6. You may, and we encourage you to, submit your designs in color. However, we must have a black and white copy of your design for reproduction in the Fashion Folio. Please make sure your black and white drawing is clean and will reproduce well.
7. All submitted designs should be photocopies or any other dear, non-smudging reproduction. Please DO NOT send us original art. Please be neat! Make your design lines clean and dear.
8. Please specify the categories for your design. This allows us to judge your design against others for the same category. We encourage you to use our designated categories or, if you have your own category name, please state it. If no category is specified, we will choose the most appropriate. This is especially important if you are designing for one of our Special Categories, (see #9)--we may not know unless you tell us!!
9. Besides the stated categories we have proposed (and those you may choose to name yourselves), there will be the following Special Categories:
Design Macabre: in conjunction with the theme of our Exhibit Room*, there will be a special award for the best design(s) in this category that reflect the "themes of death, magic and the macabre in costume, clothing and accessories." (*This year, the Exhibit Room will have a theme '"Beautiful Darkness: Themes of Death, Magic and the Macabre in Costume, Clothing and Accessories.")
At The Ball: Kevin Roche, our own "Flashy Dancer," will be sponsoring an award for those designs meant to be worn to a ball - something one can sit in, stand in, eat in, and, most importantly, trip the light fantastic in! Your ball-goers don't necessarily need to be human (Kevin is threatening to design a gown for the floating beachball alien from "Dark Star"), but your designs should combine elegance and practicality.
Hats!: Hats seem to go in and out of style, but you can bet they'll always be here--in one form or another. From one galaxy to another beings will adorn themselves with some kind of chapeau and we'd like to reward you for your best efforts.
Cash awards will be given to one entry from each of these categories, along with possible other awards we will announce in future PRs.
10. We will accept entries postmarked up to our September 11,1993 deadline. Enter as many designs as you wish and as often as you wish during this period.
11. We will accept reservations for entries beginning ten days after the Folio is postmarked. Designers, of course, get first dibs on their own designs and may indicate at time of design entry that they are reserving their own design. If we receive reservations for the same design, the postmark is the determining factor.
12. Designs made up from the Future Fashion Folio will be modeled on Sunday afternoon as part of the "Dimensions in Design Showcase", which will be directed by Kevin Roche. If you have any questions about the show, please write to Kevin c/o the CC12 address.
13. You do not have to be a member of Costume Con 12 to enter this Design Contest. This contest is open to any interested person.
14. If you would like your designs returned to you, YOU MUST INCLUDE a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope large enough to hold your designs. Postage must be sufficient to cover your materials.
15. By submitting your designs to Costume Con 12, you agree to permit reproduction of the designs in the Fashion Folio, construction of the designs for the "Dimensions In Design Showcase", and photography and videotaping of the finished pieces for non-commercial use. All rights to the designs revert to the designer after Costume Con 12.
Deadline: September 11, 1993
Please direct all inquiries and send your designs to:
Fashions of the Future
c/o Aimee Hartlove, Folio Director
Master of Ceremonies: Candace Kling