Please note that this is a sample document and the judging process may not include everything listed below and/or the judges may decide to add to the following questions and observations.

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We will compare your costume to the picture or pictures that you provide for us to note accuracy, theme, originality, etc.

  • Who made this costume?
  • What is the character?
  • What series is he/she/it from?
  • Did you bring reference materials?
  • How many conventions have you worn this costume at?
  • How many conventions have you participated in Masquerade?

Non-sewn (Molded, Crafted) costumes:

  • How did you come up with the concept?
  • What kind of pattern did you use, did you make it from a model/picture or did you see another costume like this and based it on that?
  • What made you choose these materials? Were they difficult to find?
  • How is the costume put together? Bolted together? Glued? Paper mache?
  • Did you make the props yourself, or did you special order them?
  • How much help did you get? (if any?)
  • How long did it take you to make it?
  • We will look at the inside of the costume to make sure the costume is well-constructed and safe to wear.
  • Did you need to wear special clothing under the costume that can be seen through the joints? Did you make this yourself?

Sewn-costume:

  • How did you get your accessories (jewelry, large gem props, etc.)? Did you buy them, did you make them?
  • Did you use commercial patterns, modified patterns, or self-made patterns?
  • Did you use a sewing machine? what kind of stitches did you use?
  • Any hand-stitching (that should be checked for neatness)? What kind of hand-sewing was used?
  • Are the fabric/material edges “finished” or left raw and cut? (this shows time and patience, if you make sure of the quality and details).
  • What materials did you use?
  • How are all the parts put together so that it stays ON…? (i.e. velcro, safety pins, hot glue, string, snaps, hook & eyes, buttons, staples, etc…)

Make-up and Hair:

  • Who did your makeup? Is it stage makeup or special makeup? (We will rate how well the makeup is done)
  • Is that your natural hair? How long did it take you to style it?
  • Is that a wig? If so, how long did it take you to style it? Did customize it yourself, or was it made-to-order?

Shoes:

  • Did you purchase or make your shoes?
  • We will verify that shoes go with costume.

Presentation:
The judges will be present at Masquerade as well as at appointment judging. We will note the flow and movement of your design before we make a final decision on the award winners.