Submission for the Future Fashion folio for Costume-Con 39 will begin in April 2020.

The Future Fashion Folio & Show is an event in two parts. The basic idea for Future Fashion originated in 1958 and it has been a part of Costume-Con in some variation since the beginning.  The first part is the design contest, and the second part is the fashion show.

The Future Fashion Design Contest is a design competition open to anyone, and takes place before the Costume-Con 39 convention. You do not have to have a membership to the convention, or be affiliated with any particular costuming group or organization to enter the design part of the contest. Designers whose work is selected for publication will receive a digital copy of the Folio, even if they are not members of the Convention.
All submitted designs are reviewed by a judging panel who decide what will be included in the Future Fashion Folio for Costume-Con 39. Designs that have been accepted for the Folio will be organized into a PDF file just as if it were an e-book. Recipients may opt to download and print the entire file or portions thereof if they desire. A link to the download will be emailed upon the Folio’s completion. The Fashion Folio will be distributed to both convention members and all designers as a PDF download. Designs submitted for the folio are automatically entered in the Future Fashion Design competition.
Once the Folio is complete, the next steps in the process lead to the Future Fashion Show. All members of Costume-Con may choose to actually make one of the designs for the Future Fashion Show, which occurs during the convention. You must be a member of Costume-Con 39 to take part in the Future Fashion Show.
As always, there may be some variations to the rules, so please read all of the directions for Costume-Con 39.

Future Fashion Design Contest

This part is about designs only. You will not have to construct the garment you design, so are not restricted to existing materials or techniques, or natural or physical laws. Of course, wearability would certainly affect whether your design might be chosen by a potential creator for the Fashion Show – remember the vast majority of our members are human.
We would like a wide variety of designs so below you’ll find a list of past categories. Let them be an inspiration to you, this is not a limited list but a jumping off point. We will create judging categories to fit what we receive, not the other way around.

Categories may include:
Children’s Wear • Teens Wear • Couples • Day Wear • Workwear • Business / Occupational Wear • Formal / Evening Wear • Court Wear • Ceremonial or Religious Wear • Bridal Wear / Wedding Wear • Ethnic Outfits • Festival Wear • Pseudo-Historical • Hostess Wear • Leisure Wear • Lingerie • Maternity Wear • Entertainers (singers/actors/dancers/musicians) •Heavy Worlders (higher gravity/larger body types) • Sports Wear (including sports not yet invented) •Uniforms (civilian or military, every day or dress)

You may submit as many designs as you like, but they must be received by September 13, 2020 by midnight.
Designs must be black and white, line art, inked images. No pencil, color, or shaded drawings should be used for the primary submission. While you may submit color or shaded versions as well, all designs must include a black and white line image.
All designs must be ORIGINAL IDEAS. Designs are judged only on the design, not the quality of the drawing. You can draw your designs on a traced croqui figure or have someone else draw it for you, but the design must be original. Please give credit to anyone who helps you. Need croquis (figures to draw on)? Try these sites:
Designers wishing to reserve exclusive maker rights to their own designs (for themselves or anyone else) should indicate this at the time the design is submitted. If you do not “reserve” the design, then any convention member can use it to enter the Fashion Show part of the competition. After the folio is published, designers will briefly have first option on their designs. As in all Costume-con stage events, you can make any number of designs, but you may appear on stage yourself only once. Design submission rules are below, please read them all before submitting your designs.
Designs should be black and white unshaded line drawings. You may also, and we encourage you to, submit designs in color, but we require a black and white line art copy of your design for reproduction in the Fashion Folio. Please make sure your drawings are neat, and will reproduce well. This includes electronic format drawings. If you do send us hard copy color versions DO NOT use anything that requires spray fixatives or that may smear, smudge, stick or flake off on other people’s drawings.
Please pick a distinctive short design name for each design (eg. Moonmaiden) that you will use consistently for labelling purposes.
Each design submission includes: a black and white line drawing of the design, and a Description (short design name, designer name, designer contact information). It may also include: a color rendition of the design, and an Information sheet that may include sources of inspiration, information to help a maker construct the design, and any special features of the design. Including your e-mail address & phone number are helpful.
Designs may be submitted these ways:
Hard copy (aka: the old-fashioned way, on paper). All designs must be in black ink on white 8.5″ x 11″ (or A4) paper with sufficient room around the image so the design doesn’t run into the margins. These can be drawn by hand or can be a scan or photocopy of a drawing. The Description MUST be marked clearly on the back of EACH AND EVERY sheet submitted.
Digital format. You may submit images (.jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tiff). Images will be scaled to 8.5″ x 11″. You may submit documents (.doc, .docx, .pdf), formatted to 8.5″ x 11″. Files should be no less than 300 dpi & no more than 600 dpi.
On CD or thumb drive. Put the files and descriptions for each entry in separate subdirectories named with the short design name. Put everything for an entry in the same subdirectory. Label the CD or thumb drive with your name.
By e-mail. Submit each design in a separate email. The subject line should be: “CC39 short description name”. The design, description and any information files should be sent as attachments. Please send both black and white and color illustrations (if used) in the same email.
Submit via email to:
For hard copy submissions, DO NOT SEND US YOUR ORIGINAL ARTWORK. All designs should be photocopies or some graphic format.
Your hardcopy designs and/or media will not be returned unless you have also included a Stamped Self-Addressed Envelope of sufficient size and with sufficient postage on it with your designs. Otherwise, items can be picked up at the convention.
By submitting your designs to Costume-Con 39 you agree to the non-profit use and publication of said designs by Costume-Con 39 prior to and during the run of the conference and to their reproduction for the Fashion Show. All rights revert back to the designer after the conference.
Special categories will be announced before submissions open. You will be able to designate those as part of your submission once they are announced.
Contact & Mailing Information
Kathe Gust
86 Inyo Place
Redwood City, CA 94061-4122
E-mail designs to:
Other questions? Same email!

Future Fashion Show

The Future Fashion Show will take place at the convention, usually on Sunday. Once the Folio is released, members of the convention will be able to request use of an un-reserved design for the show. Multiple recreations of a design are allowed, but we will tell you if a design has already been requested before and how many times, in case you want to switch to another choice.
You may make more than one design, but you may only appear once on stage yourself, so you must find other members of the convention to model your other entries. It is acceptable for an entry in the Fashion Show to be made by one person and modeled by another, but both maker and model must be members of Costume-Con 39. Entries must be modeled by a living person (not a doll or pet). The Future Fashion show is a simple catwalk format and thus a great way for new convention participants to experience costume competition.
In order to assist the directors in planning the show, please reserve your entry by emailing the show directors Phil and Kathe Gust at: no later than February 1st, 2021 with your name and the title/number of the design you are creating. If for any reason you will not be able to participate, please let the show director know as soon as possible so that adjustments can be made.
Participants are not responsible for providing their own soundtrack, but are welcome to email the show director in advance with special comments about their entry, which can be read during their introduction.
At Costume-Con 39, please check in at the Future Fashion Show table to verify that you are still presenting (we all know how life can get in the way). There will be a mandatory rehearsal at the convention, so you will become familiar with the stage and the plan for the show. At that time, you will also have your outfit(s) judged.
Current awards planned are:
Best Outfit Made by its Designer
Best Outfit Made by a Non-Designer
Best Overall

Depending on the number of entrants, the Director has the discretion to authorize the judges to give out extra awards.
Questions or concerns about the Future Fashion Show can be sent to the FFS Directors, Phil and Kathe Gust at: