Clothing Design

(Revised May 2004)

Entry must include color rendering of outfit drawn on a figure and descriptions of all pieces of costume, with additional materials (detail sketches, swatches, patterns, etc.) at entrant’s discretion. Artistic quality of figure drawn (i.e., hands, face, etc.) will not be judged, but depiction of outfit should be clear and accurate, and will be judged.

Clothing Design; Novice

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the item. For Novice level, a 3x5 card is the minimum required, but more is encouraged. Any discussion beyond listing of the criteria below, on period practice, any conscious compromises or research is encouraged and should receive higher points than simply listing the information. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the process of the creation of their item beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description of entry including some of the following: country of origin, period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Lists patterns, colors, fabrics, trimming, fastenings, etc.
  • Lists design of construction elements.
  • Research and reference: cites at least one source and one visual or descriptive reference, or two of either.

Authenticity

0-8 points. Judge this at the Novice level, keeping in mind any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents (reasonable substitutions for elements that are too toxic, too expensive or too rare). Efforts to achieve a completely authentic item (except those items that are unsafe) will score best.

  • Form/function—would it look, fit, and wear like a period piece of clothing of that type should.
  • Methods of creation—appropriate period pattern and construction methods.
  • Materials/tools used—are period colors, fabrics, etc, or reasonable substitutions that give a period effect.
  • Design, style—is the design or style period or give a period effect?

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant on the level at which they have entered, keeping in mind that not all period items are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor—costume, embellishment, accessory details, number of pieces and complexity.
  • Difficulty of design elements used.
  • Difficulty of techniques attempted—rendering, construction and pattern.
  • Difficulty of fabrics, materials, patterns used.
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Novice level, based on the following:

  • Design of outfit: how well is it put together? Will it work as described?
  • Pattern and construction details: accurate, clear, complete?
  • Embellishments and accessories: completely discussed and depicted?
  • Technical presentation: overall package neat, concise, well laid out?
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You want the entrant to make the clothing so that you can wear it.

Clothing Design; Intermediate

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the item. Intermediate level documentation should have at least minimal discussion of the components involved. More in-depth discussion or period practices or conscious compromises is encouraged and should receive higher points. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the period practice and process of the creation of their item beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description and some discussion of entry including the following: country of origin, period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Some discussion of patterns, colors, fabrics, trimming, fastenings, etc.
  • Some discussion of design of construction elements.
  • Research and reference: cites more than one source and one visual or descriptive reference, includes a reference sheet (bibliography) or cites sources in a standard format (endnotes, footnotes, parenthetical, MLA, etc.).

Authenticity

0-8 points. Judge this at the Intermediate level, keeping in mind any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents (reasonable substitutions for elements that are too toxic, too expensive or too rare). Efforts to achieve a completely authentic item (except those items that are unsafe) will score best. Judge on appropriateness, cultural consistency, and period effect.

  • Form/function—would it look, fit, and wear like a period piece of clothing of that type should.
  • Methods of creation—appropriate period pattern and construction methods.
  • Materials/tools used—are period colors, fabrics, etc.
  • Design, style—is the design or style period?

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Intermediate level, keeping in mind that not all period items are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor—costume, embellishment, accessory details, number of pieces and complexity.
  • Difficulty of design elements used.
  • Difficulty of techniques attempted—rendering, construction and pattern.
  • Difficulty of fabrics, materials, patterns used.
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Intermediate level, based on the following:

  • Design of outfit: how well is it put together? Will it work as described?
  • Pattern and construction details: accurate, clear, complete?
  • Embellishments and accessories: completely discussed and depicted?
  • Technical presentation: overall package neat, concise, well laid out?
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You want the entrant to make the clothing so that you can wear it.

Clothing DesignStandard Weaving; Advanced

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the item. Advanced level documentation should have a thorough discussion of the components of the item, explains the rationale behind methods, materials, skills and tools, provides illustrations (if available), references and notes, as well as any original research or experimentation. Any conscious compromises should be explained. A summary page is helpful if the documentation is exceptionally in-depth, and more detailed work can also be put in appendices. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the period practice and process of the creation of their item beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description and discussion of entry including the following: country of origin, period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of patterns, colors, fabrics, trimming, fastenings, etc.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of design of construction elements.
  • Research and reference: very complete sources and visual or descriptive references, includes a bibliography and cites sources in a standard format (endnotes, footnotes, parenthetical, MLA, etc.).

Authenticity

0-8 points. Judge this at the Advanced level, keeping in mind any deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents (reasonable substitutions for elements that are too toxic, too expensive or too rare) must be plausible and explained. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic item (except those items that are unsafe) will score best. Judge on appropriateness, cultural consistency, and period effect.

  • Form/function—would it look, fit, and wear like a period piece of clothing of that type should.
  • Methods of creation—appropriate period pattern and construction methods.
  • Materials used—are period colors, fabrics, etc.
  • Design, style—period design or style.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Advanced level, keeping in mind that not all period items are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor—costume, embellishment, accessory details, number of pieces and complexity.
  • Difficulty of design elements used.
  • Difficulty of techniques attempted—rendering, construction and pattern.
  • Difficulty of fabrics, materials, patterns used.
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Advanced level, based on the following:

  • Design of outfit: how well is it put together? Will it work as described?
  • Pattern and construction details: accurate, clear, complete?
  • Embellishments and accessories: completely discussed and depicted?
  • Technical presentation: overall package neat, concise, well laid out?
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You want the entrant to make the clothing so that you can wear it.