Judges will be looking at the following criteria when judging your entry

  • Illustration aesthetics
  • Creativity and originality
  • Cut, fit and finish if sewn
  • Overall head to toe visual presentation on stage
  • Durability
  • Material utilisation
  • Suitability to the category
  • Hanging or designs for ease of judging including accessories if required
  • It is important to take these points into consideration. Naturally some categories will not use all of the above criteria, however every point should be considered by you when constructing your item to see if it applies.


    Please read carefully as these rules are necessary for the smooth running of the Festival and must be strictly adhered to.

      All entries must be the product of the illustrator or designer

      Designer and model must be current high school students under the age of 19 at the time of the competition

      All parents and students (designer's and models) who wish to sit in the audience at any time during the show MUST purchase a ticket from the MECC at mackaytix.com. This is a MECC rule. Please note there are $10 passes available to designers and models who would like to watch the remainder of the show (after there entry has been modelled). Please contact Jana on 0401827123 to request one.

      Garments must be designed for the current year

      An entry may only be entered into one category

      A model cannot be in two consecutive categories, as they will not have time to change and may miss their slot

      Designers must consider suitability of designs in consideration to the diverse audience age range

      No naked flames or pets permitted

      Illustrations must be in a sealed envelope. Illustrators name on the back only and posted flat between cardboard to P.O. 1546 Box Mackay QLD 4740

      Garments must be ‘presented’ for judging and displayed on a mannequin, dressmakers dummy or strong wooden hanger. No wire coat hangers

      Garments, including accessories, must be in exhibition order

      Plastic dry cleaning/storage bags are to be removed

      All entries must be checked in between 9.00 and 10.30 a.m. on the day of the event at The Space, MECC

      If there are 5 or less entries in a category only a winner will be selected

      Designers and models ONLY will be permitted into The Space to ‘present’ their garment

      Designers and models are NOT allowed into The Space once judging has commenced

      Preliminary judging then takes place and final judging will take place on stage on the night

      The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into

      The SFOF committee reserves the right to appoint the panel of judges

      Winners will be announced on the night and where possible prizes awarded also

      Entry forms and Image Consent Forms are to be received by 5 p.m. 19 July, 2014. Posted to P.O Box 1546 Mackay

      Payment must accompany the nomination form

      A description of the entry and model’s name MUST accompany the entry form

      Image Consent Forms for each designer and all models must be signed by each designer and models parents or guardian if under 18 yrs of age

      ALL entrants and models are required for the stage rehearsal on Saturday 9 August, 2014 at MECC at 10.30 a.m.

      Closed in shoes necessary for rehearsal, as well models to wear rehearse in shoes designer has chosen

      ONLY designers and models will be permitted back stage, side stage or in The Space at any time

      Volunteers will support models with any assistance required for dressing etc

      Models and designers MUST ensure a photo of their entry is taken on the night by the professional photographer who will be in The Space

      Please help us to make the event fun for everyone

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