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Future Fashion Folio Rules and Submission Guidelines

Disclaimer: Many of our rules are typical & the same as have been used every year for Costume-Con. There are some significant changes, addition & definitions that you'll need to pay attention to - they are italicized throughout and in most cases marked with ***. Please pay attention to these as they may be new to you even if you've participated in past Folios. We admit to being heavily influenced by the CC24 rules & thank Pierre & Sandy for outlining things so clearly.

1. All designs must be ORIGINAL IDEAS. You can draw your designs on a traced figure or have someone else draw it for you, but the design must be original. Please give credit to anyone who helps you. Need croquis (figures to draw on)? Try these sites:

2. Designs may be submitted three ways: 
    i. Hard copy (aka: the old-fashioned way, on paper); all designs must be on white 8.5" x 11" (or A4) paper, photocopied *(not scanned & printed from your home computer), black & white line art.* 
    ii. On CD; you may scan your designs at home & put the files on a disk. *You may use any image format you desire, scanned at no less than 300 dpi & no more than 600 dpi. Use the same definition of line art as for hard copies.* 
    iii. *By e-mail; you may send your designs as attachments to an e-mail. One design (with text file) per e-mail, JPEGs only between 300 & 600 dpi. Again use our standard definition of line art.* 
Submit these to: 
    iv. *Definition: Line art - black ink on white background; not pencil, no shading, no colors. Include sufficient room around the image so the design doesn't run into the margins. 
See item #5 below for labeling & text file requirements & item #6 for naming conventions.

3. DO NOT SEND US ORIGINAL ARTWORK. All designs should be photocopies or some graphic format.

4. You may, and we encourage you to, submit designs in color. But we require a black & white line art copy of your design for reproduction in the Fashion Folio. Please make sure your drawings are neat and will reproduce well. This includes electronic format drawings. (See Definition: Line art 2.iv above) If you do send us color versions DO NOT use anything that requires spray fixative or that may smear, smudge, stick or flake off on other people's drawings.

5. Labeling & text file requirements 
    i. Your name and address MUST be marked clearly on the back of EACH AND EVERY design sheet submitted; include the design's name if it has one. Designs usually have descriptions which should include any appropriate information to help a maker construct the design; please put each description on a separate sheet, also labeled on the back. 
    ii. If you submit your design on a CD please include the descriptions in .txt or .rtf format with your name and address as well as the name and description of your design; again one file per description not all in one. Also write your name on the CD in permanent ink 
    iii. *If you submit your design by e-mail please include the description in .txt or .rtf format with your name and address as well as the name and description of your design. Remember - one design with description per e-mail.* 
    iv. In all cases, your e-mail address & phone number are helpful.

6. Naming Conventions for the Designs: Number entries consecutively on the back in the upper right hand corner. 
Example: if you submit 4 designs, they should be numbered as follows: "#1 of 4", "#2 of 4" etc. Color versions should be numbered "Color #1 of 4", etc. 
If you are submitting on CD each drawing file should be named "1 of 4 name of design.jpg", "2 of 4 name of design.jpg" and so forth. The text files for each design should be named "1 of 4 name of design text.(txt or rtf)". 
*Use the same method on e-mails - but Remember - one design with description per e-mail.* 

7. Enter as many designs as you wish and as often as you wish PRIOR TO THE DEADLINE OF August 15, 2006.

8. Identify the source of your inspiration (if any) on the back or in the text portion of your design. 

9. Special Categories: We have three special design categories with special prizes. Please indicate that you wish to be considered for a Special Category on the back of your design. All entries for these categories are eligible for the Folio in general.     
    i. Rock & Roll, part II - sponsored by Nora & Bruce Mai. In keeping with the "Hell Freezes Over" Rock & Roll theme (again) we're looking for designs inspired by the music of the Rock & Roll era. Winning designs might include: Best Glam-Rock, Best Classic Rock, Best Hair-Band look, Best Punk, Best Group, you get the idea. There will be more than one winner in this category. The winners will receive a cash prize & special commemorative gift. 
    ii. I Shall Wear Purple... With a Red Hat! (Inspired by the poem "Warning" by Jenny Joseph) - sponsored by Cathy Swope. The costuming community is long overdue in addressing this quintessential area of fashionable expression.  The successful designer will create a "costumer's red hat" design. It may incorporate any historical or futuristic design elements desired, in any combination.  The only restriction is that the main color of the ensemble must be purple, except for the hat, which must be predominantly red. Prizes will be suitably whimsical and eccentric.
P.S. We don't care if you're old, or a woman! Design away!
    iii. Best Use of the Color Orange - sponsored by Larry Mische & Ramona Taylor.  Orange must be the dominant color (70%, any/all shades of orange). No other parameters. $25 cash prize.

10. Your designs will not be returned unless you request it AND have also included a Stamped Self-Addressed Envelope of SUFFICIENT SIZE and with SUFFICIENT POSTAGE on it with your designs.

11. By submitting your designs to Costume-Con 25 you agree to the non-profit use & publication of said designs by Costume-Con 25 prior to & during the run of the conference and to their reproduction for the Fashion Show. All rights revert back to the designer after the conference.

12. Designers: If you wish to make up one of your designs you may indicate that to us in your descriptive text. If that design is a winner you will be automatically listed as making it for the show. After the folio is published, designers will have first option on their designs. As in all CC25 stage events, you can make any number of designs, but you may appear on stage only once.

13. You do not have to be a member of Costume-Con 25 to submit designs, but you do have to be an attending member to make up a design and enter it in the Fashion Show. Designers of designs selected for publication will receive a copy of the Folio even if they are not members of the Convention.

Contact & Mailing Information
Please snail-mail designs to: 
    Nora Mai 
    7835 Milan 
    St. Louis, MO 63130 
E-mail designs to:
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