Costume Con 26
Folio Home Up

Folio Home
Fashion Figures
Intro Info
Contest Archives
About Us
Search Us


Other Alley Cat Scratch webs:

Alley Cat Home

News Flash

Movie Costumes Study

LOTR Costume

Kong Costumes

v ----- Advertisement -----v

^ -----Advertisement ----- ^


Costume Con 26

This contest closed!  Please see our main page for current design contests and the latest news.

Please joint our Announcement list to get automatic updates on the info.

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. Please be sure to read the rules thoroughly though, as there are a few changes, and some of the rules may be new to you even if you've participated in past Folios.

We have reverted the Single Pattern Competition to an at-con contest. You may still submit designs based on those patterns to the Folio if you wish to do so, but publication in the Folio is not required to submit a garment for consideration in the SPC.


If you wish to enter the "Project Folio" challenge you must do so by August 15, 2007.
Other designs must be postmarked by September 15, 2007. Designs received after the deadline will be forwarded to the Costume-Con 27 Future Fashion Folio competition unless you specifically request this not be done.

Future Fashion Folio Guidelines:

  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:
    1. Hard copy (aka: the old-fashioned way, on paper); all designs must be on white 8.5" x 11" (or A4) paper, photocopied, high resolution computer prints, black & white line art.*
    2. 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.*
    3. 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 :

    *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
    1. 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.
    2. 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
    3. *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.*
    4. 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 September 15, 2007.
  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 six special design categories in the Folio 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. Single Pattern Contest entries are a subset of the Future Fashion Folio.
    1. The Dr. Terwilliker "Dress Me Up" Award - sponsored by The League of Evil Geniuses. What are the Evil of the Future going to wear? You've been to the bid parties, you've seen the Hall of Fame. Evil Geniuses are a stylish lot. This is your chance to show 'em what you've got.
    2. Project Folio - Sign up in advance for this special category. Applications must be received by August 15, 2007 for this category.
      5 Design Briefs will be distributed on the same day to the designers who have accepted this challenge. They will have 7 days to get designs drawn, in an envelope, and postmarked/sent to us. The 3 design winners will be responsible for getting 5 models and for making up their winning 'collection' for presentation on the fashion show stage.
    3. The Theodor Seuss Geisel "Cat in the Hat" Award - What is the fashionable non-human of the future wearing? Be it for an alien ambassador attending a diplomatic function, or a household pet in a difficult climate, not everyone who needs or wants clothes is human. What are they going to be wearing?
    4. And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street - The world that Dr. Seuss' characters inhabited and imagined had a very distinct aesthetic. What would little Marco have envisioned in the future?
    5. Single Pattern Contest - Kontusz Coat - From the pattern company Reconstructing History, the Kontusz Coat is a traditional 17th century Polish man's coat, with variations of collar and cuff. The pattern fits chests 34"-54" and all sizes are included in the pattern. The patterns from Reconstructing History include extensive notes on traditional construction methods. Available from a number of merchants, the home page of Reconstructing History can be found at
    6. Single Pattern Contest - Wellington Top Hat/Mad Hatter Hat - From Lynn McMasters, one of our Bay Area pattern designers, comes the Wellington Top Hat. The pattern includes directions for four crown variations and two brim variations as well as instructions for constructing the hat from straw. Multiple sizes are included in the pattern. Lynn's patterns are also available from numerous sources, or you can purchase directly at
  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 26 you agree to the non-profit use & publication of said designs by Costume-Con 26 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 CC26 stage events, you can make any number of designs, but you may appear on stage only once. For a select few designs, we may ask the designers to allow more than one version to be made up to appear on stage.
  13. You do not have to be a member of Costume-Con 26 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:
Costume Con 26
1875 S. Bascom Avenue #116-276
Campbell, CA 95008
Attn: Future Fashion Folio

E-mail designs to: fffolio at 

General FF information:

If you need base figures to drawn your designs on, check out our Fashion Figures.

Rules are <here>.

General question about this Fashion Folio web, contact Cat at

[Folio Home] [Up]

Fashion Figures ] Showcase ] Intro Info ] Contest Archives ] About Us ] Search Us ]

This page was last updated on 01/18/08.