Apparel Competition – Guidelines
The Fashion Group Foundation ® of Dallas, Inc.
To give students the opportunity to demonstrate their talents in design, construction, fiber usage, and trend
research. Students will provide a written description of their inspiration and intent and are judged on their abilities
to manifest that intent in tangible form. Top entries will be showcased in a professional runway fashion show.
Before beginning to work on this project, it is vital that you read all materials first. If you cannot download the
proper forms, have your faculty advisor contact the Fashion Group International of Dallas immediately
(email@example.com or 214-634-0204)
SUMMARY OF COMPETITION
No entry fee will be assessed and students must be pre-registered for Career Day through their sponsoring
college or university by the close of regular Career Day registration.
Students are limited to two entries per FGI category (one per natural fiber content category) and are limited
to 3 total entries. Garments shown in the fashion show will be based on quality of garments, the number of
obtainable models and time availability. Not all entries will be shown. The decision will be left to the judges
and show producer.
DELIVERABLES: MAJOR CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE-READ CAREFULLY!!!!!!!
Must be pre-approved by school design instructors for quality of design and construction.
Must have met deadlines set forth by each school and these FGI guidelines.
Must be current school year projects. Prior-year entries may not be re-entered in 2012.
Must have labels permanently sewn into each piece. All Pieces of All Entries must have labels that
include student name, garment classification, and full fiber content. NO SCHOOL NAME SHALL APPEAR
ON THE LABEL!!!!
Must be durable enough to allow a model to get in and out of it in 30 seconds, go up and down stairs
comfortably, sit, and walk without tripping. These areas will be tested during the fittings and any garments
that do not meet these criteria will not be shown.
Must be industry standard size 8, height 5' 8" to 5' 10" tall for women. All men's garments must fit chest 40"
- 44", waist 31" - 32", inseam 32" - 34", and height 6' to 6'2" tall. See "Standard Competition
Measurements" for more information.
Must be hung neatly and on proper hangers. Do not pin garment to hanger. (Use clip hanger for pants and
skirts. Use hang-loops for strapless gowns.)
Any garment that arrives unfinished, improperly constructed, or coming apart in any way will not be eligible
for any competition category.
Fill out the 2-page Student Information Sheet and Entry Form COMPLETELY, print neatly or type using
HTML form on website. Add all required signatures, swatches, sketch and photographs where indicated.
Prepare and present your forms in the manner requested on each form. Documents MUST be
submitted properly or automatic disqualification will occur. Forms should be placed inside an 8.5" X 11"
clear plastic sheet protector, back to back. The Information sheet should face forward; the sketch sheet
should face the back. All information on both sheets should be visible without having to remove them from
the sheet protector.
Staple a photograph of garment on a model or a dress form to Sketch Page. This photo is required. The
photos themselves will not be judged but garment design, silhouette, and fit will be judged based on the
photo. The photo will also help the model know how to wear the garment.
Safety pin the sheet protector to the garment using the sheet protector's TOP hole.
Paperwork, sketch and photos become the property of FGI of Dallas. They will not be returned.
If your garment makes the fashion show, your name will be read as it appears on the sheet above. Register
for both Career Day and the fashion show under the exact same name. Otherwise, you risk being
disqualified because your competition entry name will not appear on the master Career Day registration list.
Categories Sponsored by Fashion Group Foundation of Dallas, Inc.
The FGI portion of the competition is based on the design category of the garment.
Choose one of the following categories in which you believe your garment best fits the description and
guidelines. All FGI Foundation of Dallas awards have no specific fiber content requirements however, the fiber
content MUST be written on the label inside the garment and on the entry form. All FGI Foundation of Dallas
awards are open to ALL schools. No more than two garments may be entered within any given category.
1. Casual: includes casual sportswear, weekend-wear, casual Friday office clothing, active and sports outfits
or yoga clothing. Can be fun, playful, relaxed and informal.
2. Career: includes suiting and coats, dresses for the office and outwear; designer sportswear, professional
looks, a little more serious, career type outfits and coats.
3. Cocktail/Evening: includes traditional evening gowns, cocktail dresses, evening suits, and special
4. Theatre/Costume/Wearable Art: costumes, period dressing, theatrical, artistic; unusual or innovative
materials and findings; imaginative but must be wearable with an intended end-use!
5. Bridal: includes traditional and contemporary wedding dresses and bridal gowns. Entries are limited to
ensembles for the bride, NOT the bridal party members.
6. Menswear: apparel designs for men, including casual, career, outerwear, western wear, sportswear or
athletic wear. Entries are limited to these categories, no intimate or swim attire will be accepted for 2012.
Categories Sponsored by Texas Fiber Producer Groups
The Natural Fiber portion of the competition is based on the fiber content of the garment. All entries in this
competition must fit into the Casual, Career, Cocktail/Evening, Theater/Artwear, Bridal, or menswear categories
above. Natural Fiber awards are open to ALL schools. However, only one garment may be entered within any
List the fiber content of your garment on the entry form as well as inside the garment.
To be considered for the TDA-sponsored prizes and scholarship, a garment must reflect a total content of
50% or more of cotton, wool or mohair. Therefore, it is very important to fill out the fiber content
portion of the Entry Form correctly and completely.
Entries not meeting the 50% or more criteria above will not be considered for the natural fiber
competition. However, they will be considered for the appropriate category in the FGI competition.
The following requirements must be met to be eligible to enter this Competition:
You must be pre-registered for Career Day through their sponsoring college or university by the close of
registration, March 22, 2012. Your registration must be on file with us prior to the judging of the
competition. No late registrants are eligible to compete.
You must attend Career Day all day and be present to win. Please be prepared to interview with the judges
if necessary. Bring a portfolio if available.
You must be a college sponsored participant and be enrolled in a two-year or four-year institution in a
fashion program. Graduate Students are not eligible.
Students from a 2-year school may enter for 3 consecutive years only. (This gives part-time students time
to finish the curriculum).
Students from a 4-year school may enter for 5 consecutive years only. (This includes transfer students from
2-year schools. i.e.-If they have entered twice before transferring, they may enter only three more years).
Garment(s) must be designed and constructed by the student, including all pattern work, meeting all the
requirements and deadlines as outlined by the instructor.
Your signature as well as the signature of your instructor on the entry form must verify the above. The
instructor has the authority to refuse any entry at his/her discretion.
No student enrolled in graduate school may compete for prizes as an undergraduate even if attending
ANY STUDENT WHO HAS BEEN EMPLOYED AS A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER IS NOT PERMITTED
TO COMPETE FOR PRIZES! ("Professional" does not include internships, sewing for friends and family,
Any student winning any award must provide a Social Security Number at the time of award
presentation. All foreign students studying in the US who do not have a temporary Social Security Number
must present a Tax Identification Number at the time of award presentation. A Passport Number is NOT
acceptable for tax reporting purposes.
All entries must be received on or before March 30, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. Entries may be submitted
beginning Monday, March 5, 2012 via parcel post, UPS, Federal Express or Airborne. Garments must
arrive no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, March 30, 2011. Garments may be hand delivered to Fashion
Group International on Thursday and Friday, March 29th and 30th, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
SHIPPING & DELIVERY
All entries must be delivered via certified mail, UPS, Federal Express, or hand delivered to The Fashion
Group International of Dallas office.
No entries will be accepted after the deadline of Friday, March 11, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. by any method,
be it hand delivery and/or by Certified Mail, UPS, or Federal Express.
Ship in regular shipping boxes. Do not send Hanging Bags as they will not be returned. INSURE ALL
PACKAGES. NOTE: The Fashion Group International of Dallas, The Fashion Group Foundation of Dallas,
Inc., and The Dallas Market Center are released from any and all liability for loss or damage to your entry.
If you are hand delivering your entries, make sure to use all technology available to you to ensure
you know the location of the World Trade Center and the Trade Mart, you have accurate driving
directions and/or a map, and you have allowed enough travel time to include traffic congestion. All
deadlines are final. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS!
See "Important Deadlines and Delivery Instructions" for more information.
All projects are to be sent to:
Fashion Group International of Dallas, Inc.
Attn: Career Day
2050 N. Stemmons Fwy, UNIT #378
Dallas, TX 75207
Hand delivery room number is TBD.
This competition is intended to showcase the use of certain fabrics and trends in clothing design. Entries should
reflect the inspiration as stated on your documentation forms. Judges will be respected industry professionals
currently employed in the retail, design, and manufacturing industries. The decision of the judges is final.
All garments will be judged on the following scale.
20% - Creativity and originality of overall concept and design elements
10% - Innovative use of fabrics
10% - Relevance to current trends and/or category needs
30% - Construction and fit quality
20% - Marketability and salability of the garment
10% - Compliance with competition guidelines
A few words of advice...
You MUST attach your name & content label inside every item submitted.
Pay particular attention to closures, construction, and the durability of your garments. Remember that the
model has less than 30 seconds to change outfits.
No one is allowed back stage except those associated with the production of the show. Students will be
allowed to collect their garments about twenty minutes after the awards presentation.
Please understand a fast-paced professional show does not allow the model or the dresser to neatly fold
and carefully re-hang all garments.
Do not send any accessories. They will get lost back stage. If you do send accessories, The Fashion
Group International of Dallas, The Fashion Group Foundation of Dallas, Inc., and The Dallas Market Center
are released from any and all liability for loss or damage.