Masquerade and Cosplay Competition

While we can’t completely shake our bias that “masquerades are a dish best served live”, that doesn’t mean that virtual masquerades can’t be a great showcase for costumers and their work. To that end, we’re expanding our call for costume entries beyond the usual “show off your stuff” (which we still totally want you to do, BTW), and added in some options for sharing parts of your work that audiences rarely or never get to see. To that end, we’re asking our attendees to submit their masterpieces in one or more of four ways:

1)    Classic Mainstage-Style Showcase. Have a costume that’s complete and ready to show off in its full glory? Send us photos or a short video of your work — on yourself, on a friend, on a sewing mannequin, or however you can! For photos, please submit shots from multiple angles, and even close ups of the details work if you like. Videos can be as simple as a few twirls for the camera, or as complex as a short (< 2 minutes) skit with narration and music. (NOTE: Because the videos will be posted on YouTube, please use copyright- or royalty-free music; if you do not have access to non-licensed music sources, let us know the vibe you’re going for, and we’ll add what you need from our library of infringement-free tunes.)

2)    Works in progress. Working on a project that isn’t finished yet… but still super-excited to start showing it off? Get some photos, or even a video, of the project as it stands now – or even a timeline of the costume as it progresses – and send it over with the details you want to share about what you’re doing, and how you’re doing it. It’ll be like the first 45 minutes of Project: Runway, with none of the unnecessary drama but all of the creative excitement!

3)    Concept Sketches. If you’re familiar with the famous Future Fashion Folio event at CostumeCon, then you’ll know exactly what we’re shooting for here. Send us your drawings of the costume you’d like to make (whether you can make them, or ever will, is irrelevant), and allow our viewers to be inspired by your fantastic imagination.

4)    Documentation Packets. Documentation packets can take as much work as the costumes themselves, and yet are rarely seen by anyone other than workmanship judges. An art form in-and-of themselves, we’re offering you the opportunity to share your documentation with a wider audience. Send in copies of a past or current costume project’s documentation (.pdf recommended; other standard formats acceptable), and we’ll include them on equal footing with other submissions.

Multiple submissions under the same heading by the same participant(s) are acceptable, and an entry can be presented in more than one of the above categories – for example, a work-in-progress, a completed costume showcase video, and a documentation packet for the same costume are allowed. Awards, if any, will be given based on the types and amount of submissions received.

The deadline for submissions is 16 April 2021, although a limited number of extensions may be granted; request an extension by writing to masquerade@demicon.org. Please provide the details of your submission by filling out an entry form; forms are available by clicking here. A separate entry form is required for each submission; multiple costumes being presented together are considered a single submission – e.g., if you’ve created costumes for Wanda’s entire family from WandaVision that are included in a single video as an ensemble piece, that’s one submission under the “Mainstage” heading, and requires only one entry form. If you’re also providing the documentation packet for that ensemble, however, that’s a second entry form under the “Documentation” heading.

Please note that the DemiCon masquerade staff, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to refuse inclusion of any submitted materials deemed non-family friendly or otherwise objectionable.

Questions? Comments? Just want to chat about costumes? Write to masquerade@demicon.org, or visit our FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/demiconmasqueradeandcosplay