Information is taken from the current Arts and Sciences Handbook. Any discrepancies are resolved in favor of the official printed version found at the arts section of the Kingdom of Meridies Homepage.
General Comments not specific to any category
If there is no documentation, the item will not be judged to afford the entrant the opportunity to better exhibit their piece and re-enter the next fair.
Costume Revue Categories:
- Costume Revue: Early Period European (Pre 1400)
- Costume Review: Late Period European (Post 1400)
- Costume Review: Non-European.
- All categories use the same basic guidelines.
Costume Revue Guidelines:
- All entries must be appropriate to time, place and culture.
- Do not enter a piece that shows obvious wear and tear.
- Use authentic materials or reasonable modern approximations
- Silk and linen embroideries
- Linen, wool and silk fabrics
- This does not include modern printed fabrics as a substitute for specific woven patterns
- Early period (pre-1066) costumes should be all hand-sewn. The stitching affects the finished drape and construction.
- On late period costumes, all visible stitching should be done by hand.
- If it impacts the silhouette of the costume, period undergarments are required. Do not wear mundane foundation garments that may distract from the fit or that may show.
- Pictures are not necessarily required, however, if you are doing something unusual, they may be useful.
- If you are doing a garment for which there is no primary documentation, include specific processes used to extrapolate the costume.
- Avoid mundane closures. Do not use zippers, and cover metal grommets with thread.
- Include documentation for pattern and cut, where available.
- Accessories, hairstyle and makeup should not detract from the costume.
- Gold lame is not an adequate substitute for cloth of gold.
- Color, pattern and motif are documented.
- Trim should be appropriate for type.
- With rare exceptions, the costume model should be the person the garment was made for, since Kingdom A&S judging is done on the body. The garment should fit the model correctly.
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