Rules: HISTORICAL REPRODUCTION: MASQUERADE RULES AND DIVISIONS
Historical Reproductions - Carefully researched, documented and patterned costumes sewn and presented with period mannerisms in mind, complete from head to toe and "from the skin out". They range from the menial worker to the nobility -- all a challenge.
Costume Con 5's Historical Masquerade will be organized using the same rules as CC4 as formulated by Victoria Ridenour, with minor changes. These changes are to separate the rules which pertain to Historical Interpretation costumes which will be judged in a separate masquerade following the Historical.
DIVISIONS (Please note: These are slightly different from the SF/F Divisions.)
Novice - A person with no previous award at any competition; a first entry in a historical competition with some experience in another field of costuming; a first entry in any competition.
Journeyman - A costumer who has won major awards in another field of costuming but has little or no experience in historical costuming; has taken a Novice award but has won less than three times at previous Costume Con Historical masquerades; a historical costumer with no professional experience or major awards in previous historical masquerades.
Master - Has professional historical costuming experience; has won major awards in historical competitions; has won three or more major awards at previous Costume Cons.
Costumes in this masquerade will be carefully examined in a prejudging session before the masquerade, so that details of garments which may be lost on stage will receive recognition. The entries will be scored according to the following point system:
0 - Blatantly modern or inaccurate.
1 - Period elements incorrectly combined (i.e., inappropriate mix of time, culture.)
2 - Looks authentic on surface, but has inauthentic elements in design, color, fabric, undergarments, fabric, etc. ("Theatre costume" - e.g. fake underlayers, etc.)
3 - Authentic in look and feel; attempt to reproduce original fabrics and imitate period techniques.
4 - Same as #3 plus special effort to achieve total period effect: e.g., all hand sewn, hand done embellishment, accessories made by the entrant, presented with movement and manners correct for the period.
0 - No documentation or very inaccurate.
1 - Minimum information listing time, place and pattern source.
2 - Same as 1 with xeroxes but no additional detail.
3 - Same as 1 with additional detail including, at least, specified examples, primary sources, and rationale for fabric, color, and design of major elements of garment and construction.
4 - Same as 3 plus rationale for all elements of the costume, including minor details; a display of understanding of general style of the period represented; explanation of any deviations from the period norm.
The success of the attempt in each of the following categories will be ranked from 0-6.
Technical - Seam finishing, stitching, neatness.
Fit - Does it hang correctly; move and fit appropriate to the period and style?
Handling of fabric - Choice, use of nap, print, bias, etc.
Consruction details - Interfacing, smocking, pleating details, linings, etc., as appropriate.
COMPLEXITY (This applies to the scope of the project attempted rather than the workmanship.)
Scope of project - The number of pieces, size in relation to detail, etc.
Variety of techniques used.
Difficulty of techniques attempted.
Extent of original pattern work.
RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING PRESENTATIONS, LABELLING TAPES, TIME LIMITS AND THE WEAPONS POLICY THAT APPLY TO THE SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY MASQUERADE ALSO APPLY TO THE HISTORICAL AND THE HISTORICAL INTERPRETATION MASQUERADES.
Forms for all masquerades will be at the convention registration table. You are required to turn them in for the Historical Masquerade along with any cassette you want played for your presentation by 3:00pm Sunday. As with the SF/F masquerade, there will be no live mikes available for the contestants use. PLEASE BRING YOUR DOCUMENTATION WITH YOU TO THE GREEN ROOM ON SUNDAY EVENING. Reporting time for the Green Room will be announced in the next progress report.
General note - No costume may be entered in more than one Masquerade. Also - costumes worn in the halls before the masquerades are not eligible to be entered into competition.
Miscellaneous Notes: All Best in Show entries received, in addition to certificates, The Dictionary of Costume. Best Workmanship entries in each masquerade received the 18th Century Woman catalogue from the Metropolitan Museum's exhibition.
Master of Ceremonies: Marty Gear
Workmanship Judges: Mary Denise Smith
Presentation Judges: Kathi Reynolds, John Symborski, Lynn Symborski