Here's the outline to help you decide what category to sign up in. If you wish to go through Workmanship Judging before the Masquerade, those instructions will be after the basic guidelines in each appropriate category.
Exhibition Class: This category is for contestants who only wish to show off their costume, do not want their costume to be evaluated, or are presenting a store-bought or a commissioned costume. No documentation needed. Limit 25 entrants.
Young Fan Division: This category is for entrants 12 and under. We'll do that at the beginning of the Masquerade so the kids get the spotlight first! These costumes do not need documentation but will require an adult in attendance and present onstage with any children under 7.
Novice Class: This category is for contestants new to costuming or costume competitions. As a guideline, 0 to 100 hours spent and 60% of the costume must be made/significantly modified by the contestant. or who have won less than 3 competitions in the Novice Category.
Workmanship Judging: Reference Pictures/Inspirations pictures are required. *Maximum allowed time with Workmanship Judges: 5 minutes*
Limit 25 entrants
Journeyman Class: This category is for contestants with acquired skill in costuming or competition, but do not wish to compete in the Master division yet. As a guideline, 100-300 hours spent and 70% of the costume must be made/significantly modified by the contestant, or have won no more than 3 competitions as a Journeyman or intermediate rank.
Workmanship Judging: Reference Pictures/Inspirations pictures are required and some progress pictures. Optional written documentation is encouraged (3, one for each judge, and must be in color). *Maximum time allowed with judges: 10 minutes*
Limit 15 entrants.
Master Class: This category is for contestants with significant experience with costuming or costume competitions who wish to receive scrutiny and specific criticism regarding their costume. As a guideline, 300+ hours spent on and 80% of the costume must be made/significantly modified by the contestant, or have won no more than 3 competitions in the Master or Expert level or placed as Best In Show for 3 competitions.
Workmanship Judging: Documentation of the costume is required (reference pictures, inspiration pictures, progress pictures, design sketches, finished pictures, and must be in color) Must include 3 copies, one for each judge. Limit 10 entrants
*Maximum time allowed with judges: 15 minutes*
Group Entries: Groups can enter as any class they like and have their work judged for the Workmanship prizes. Please have appropriate documentation for upload to the judges So they have time to look over all the concepts at work!
Short Dramatizations: To better show off your costumes, skits are encouraged. If you are going to have a skit, please limit it to 4 minutes or less. We highly recommend pre-taping your dialogue and music so the audience doesn't have the distraction of passing a microphone back and forth. If you will be singing, that's a different story but we still recommend pre-taping the background music.