Matsuricon 2017's Friday Night Fashion Show
What is it?
This year we decided to do something entirely different! We have listened and heard you: You want to allow original characters/designs, gijinka, lolita, furries, etc. to be allowed to compete in the masquerade. Matsuricon's Cosplay department wanted to see your creativity and talent in a whole new light, so we are opening submissions for our Fashion show: where you can create an outfit inspired by an anime, manga, video game, movie, pop culture, or even something that's completely original!

That's right: You may compete with an outfit that has been made by you, that can be an original character, a podcast character, or a dress inspired by a character from any media. We want to see you be as creative as possible!

There are NO pre-judging times. What will happen is Friday Night you will show up to the fashion show and be able to walk down the catwalk, show off your costume to the audience and judges, the judges will give you feedback about your work, and the best in show will win a cash prize!


The Rules:

1. You must have made at least 85% of your outfit.

2.We will NOT allow closet cosplay, commissioned costumes, or bought costumes to enter this contest. You MAY have a model to display your work if you do not wish to wear it.

3.This is a free for all! Compete with any costume you like. We just ask you have made it, and you be creative as possible. As long as you follow our security rules, we will allow anything and everything to be submitted. You can find our rules for dress code and weapons here: http://matsuricon.org/information/policies-and-safety#Cosplay Dress Code

4. You can create ANY type of outfit to compete. This includes, dresses, a whole new outfit for a character, a steampunk original design, pokemon gijinkas, swimsuit cosplays, etc. Your limit is your creativity.

5. As long as you have CREATED it, you can compete with it! That is our only requirement!

6. HAVE FUN! This is a fun event that's meant to be less stressful than the Cosplay Masquerade, and allow people to compete who previously would not be able to in the masquerade.


How to submit:
We will be accepting a maximum of 20 competitors and these will be ONLINE SIGN UPS ONLY. When you submit, fill out the application below with a link to your work (facebook page, tumblr, website, online portfolio, etc.) We will be picking our competitors based on their level of skill and level of creativity we see! On July 19th, we will let you know if you are accepted via email.

We will not ask for you to submit your design ahead of time: instead, we will ask you to hand over your reference sheets and notes to the judges when you arrive to the fashion show so they know what to be looking for. On said reference sheet list the following:

Name
Character/Title of Design
Series (If Applicable)

If you do not have a website/facebook page/etc to submit, please email examples of your work to cosplay@matsuricon.org with your name and in the subject title “Matsuricon Fashion Show Entry”.

Name
Your answer
Alias (If Applicable)
Your answer
E-mail Address
Your answer
Link to Portfolio (If you do not have an online portfolio i.e. facebook page, tumblr, website, etc. please write "Not applicable" below and then email examples of your work to cosplay@matsuricon.org)
Your answer
Thank you!
We look forward to seeing your beautiful designs at the convention!
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