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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. 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:
- 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:
- Designs may be submitted three ways:
- 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.*
- 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
- 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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
*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.
- DO NOT SEND US ORIGINAL ARTWORK. All designs should be photocopies or some
- 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.
- Labeling & text file requirements
- 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.
- 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
- *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
- In all cases, your e-mail address & phone number are helpful.
- 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.
- Enter as many designs as you wish and as often as you wish PRIOR TO THE
DEADLINE OF September 15, 2007.
- Identify the source of your inspiration (if any) on the back or in the
text portion of your design.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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?
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Rules are <here>.
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