Rules: Hello all! The time has come to reveal the deep and hidden mysteries of the Costume-Con 21 Future Fashion Design Contest. Those old-timers among you are familiar with the basics of this competition, but for those of you who are new or coming back after many years a review is in order.
The Future Fashion Design Contest and Future Fashion Show is one of the most traditional events at Costume-Cons. Started at the old Equicons in California, the concept was absorbed smoothly into the first Costume-Con and has been going strong since.
Basically, this is a competition of design. You, the designer, submit drawings of fashions of the future. The entries are judged on design, not the quality of your artwork. You do not need to be a member of Costume-Con 21 in order to enter or win. The winning entries are published in the Future Fashion Folio several months before the convention. Attendees may apply to create any of the costumes in the folio and make them up for the Future Fashion Show. (The Show Director is Nora Mai.) Designs can include eveningwear, working clothes, religious costume and vestments, wedding fashions, casual wear or any other category you can think of. Human, alien and pet designs have all appeared in past editions.
Several times in the past the contest has been run under a scenario: a framework within which designers must make their designs fit. The strong suit of a scenario is that it can help focus ideas and give some discipline to the designer. The weakness is that it can limit the imagination of our designers. In conjunction with the Fashion Show director, Nora Mai, we have developed a framework in which to organize the contest and show without limiting your imaginations; a minimalist scenario if you will.
The contest and show will be a traditional runway fashion review. Costumes will be organized into design Houses. The field is wide open. A few of our design houses are: House of Shagadelic - retro, groovy threads; House of Dilbert - corporate wear; Bauer Heim - sports: para-sailing fashions, street luge, spectators, swimwear, etc.; House of Spendi - coats, furs, sweaters, outerwear; Bacardi-Wear - Tropical cruisewear, party clothes, "Rum-Fun"; Monastery of St. Peter the Dressmaker - religious costume and vestments; Zsa Zsa's - Wedding gowns and groom's wear.
These Houses are not limitations. If we see something that just doesn't fit, we'll create a new House to fit it in. As is true with many of the actual runway shows, truly bizarre and fantastic concepts are more than welcome. Many of the fashions you see on the runways are not actually meant to be worn on the street. They are intended as advertising, shock and just fun concepts. We hope you have fun with this.
We have two special sponsored categories.
Inspired by Architecture: Create a design using details and inspiration from an architectural structure. Any type or time period of architecture is usable, including fantasy or science fiction artwork. (It doesn't have to be an existing building.) Please include on the back of the design the inspiration for the judge's reference. A picture or printout of the structure is also desirable. Example: the "Sydney Opera House" for Bajoran cleric's hats. Two $40 prizes, one each for both men's and women's designs. Sponsors are Alison and Jeff Kondo.
Opening Day at the Ascot Races: Opening Day at the Ascot Races has always been one of the high points of the Society Year. Everyone who is anyone is dressed in the latest fashions by the most famous designers in Black, White and Grey. Beyond the formals, elaborate hats are a part of the tradition. As humans expanded into the galaxy, they brought this "quaint" custom of overdressing with them. Now this annual event is celebrated on many planets by many species wherever they want to dress to impress.
Entry may be serious or warped. Watch the race scene in the movie "My Fair Lady" if you want inspiration. One $40 prize. Sponsored by Cat Devereaux.
Alas, as with all contests, there must be rules. Here are ours:
• Designs must be submitted on 8 1/2" x 11" paper or formatted for that size of paper.
• Designs must be submitted in black line art. Color renditions are welcome and encouraged. However, for publication purposes, we must have clean black and white art.
• If submitted on paper, designs must have the name, address (e-mail address optional) and phone number on the back of the design in the upper left corner. In the upper right corner should be the designation "Design 1 of x," "Design 2 of x" and so forth. Details of the designs should be designated "Detail 1 of Design 1 ," "Detail 2 of Design x" and so forth. Color renditions should be labeled "Color rendering of Design x'.
• For those of you who would like to submit designs in electronic format the following limitations apply:
a. Disk and CD formats must be compatible with PCs. We've had many problems with Mac generated formats.
b. We can accept JPG, BMP, Corel Draw or Corel Paint.
c. We ask that you do not email designs to us. (Our mail server chokes on these large files.) Please mail a disk or CD.
d. Each design should have two files generated for it. One should be the name of the design, which contains the actual graphic. The second should be called "'name of design' design' desc"
e. Please put all description files in either text, rich text or Word formats (we use Office 2000, so any version up to that is acceptable)
f. Be sure your name, address, (e-mail) and phone number are written on the disk.
Designs must be received by September 30th, 2002.
By submitting designs to the Costume-Con 21 Future Fashion Design Contest, you are agreeing to their publication in the CC21 Fashion Folio and being made for the Future Fashion Show. You retain all other copyrights to your design.
Designers will have first choice of their own designs to be made for the show.
Send all designs to: Pierre & Sandy Pettinger (Address Removed). if you have any questions you can contact us at the above address or by e-mail at (Removed).
Fashion Show (a.k.a. Fashion Week 2003):
The Fashion Week 2003 Show will be held on Sunday, April 20, 2003 in conjunction with Costume-Con 21. I hope you want to participate by creating one of the fabulous designs in the Future Fashion Folio; join us by following the simple directions below.
1. Designers have first choice of their own designs. Designs already chosen are marked next to the design. The 15 day waiting period is waived for Designers. If they have not already done so, Designers may reserve upon receipt of their Folios.
2. All remaining designs (not already reserved by Designer) are available for CC21 members to choose.
3. To assure fairness, no reservations will be accepted by the Fashion Show Director until 15 days after the postmark date on your folios (November 16, 2002).
4. When submitting a request, please select three designs and indicate order of preference, if your first choice has already been reserved, I can then reserve your next choice for you.
5. For convenience, reservations can be made via either regular or electronic mail. However, e-mail requests will be held for an extra week to allow regular mail requests to arrive. Reservations may NOT be made by phone. Include your name, address, phone number and e-mail (if available) with your request.
6. Requests will be honored in order by their postmark date or e-mail date stamp (after allowing for the one week waiting period for e-communication), not order received.
7. You may make up more than one design but may appear on stage only once. Secondary requests will be considered after the primary requests have been honored. You must have other bodies/people to wear the additional design(s). If you need help finding a model I will try and help but it would be preferable if you could provide your own.
8. All Fashion Show participants must be attending members of Costume-Con 21.
I will send you a reservation confirmation via either e-mail or regular mail (let me know if you have a notification preference) as soon as possible so that you may begin shopping for materials and construction. Some designs may have color renderings which will be available upon request, subject to a copying and postage fee (or they can be scanned and sent via e-mail). I am available by e-mail (preferred), regular mail or phone (after the reservation process) for questions and information.
I will be checking with you several times before the show so I’ll be able to design the show and script in advance. Plus, I'll just want to know how you're doing! There will be a rehearsal at CC21 (check in with me at the Con) prior to the show.
Contact: Nora Mai, (Address Removed). Email: (Removed) (preferred- I check the e-mail twice a day). Phone: (Removed) Note: We have Privacy Manager: unlisted phone numbers may have difficulty getting through.
Director: Folio: Pierre Pettinger & Sandy Pettinger
Show: Nora "La Araña" Mai
Master of Ceremonies: Karen Heim (intro by Bruce Mai)
Workmanship Judges: Accuracy: Carol Inkpen
Presentation Judges: (Folio): Les Roth, Jeannette Roth, Greg Abba, Sallie Abba, Sheril Harper & Rachelle Hrubetz