March 1 2024

Friends of the Wildey Fashion Show Competition 2024

Friends of the Wildey Fashion Show Competition 2024

The Wildey

252 N. Main St.
Edwardsville, Illinois 62025

A fashion show is coming to The Wildey and you can enter your work to be featured in the competition! The deadline to enter is February 22 with designs being turned in March 3 so get inspired, create your design, and enter to win $100 for first place or $50 for second place! Read below for the rules and further instructions!

THEME: Romancing the Cabin
As we approach the end of winter, cabin fever has set in. And our cure for cabin fever is creative design! We are looking for fashions that convey our best feelings when we think of cabin life. For design ideas, let wonder and whimsy be your guide and be inspired by pioneer cabins, log cabins, English country cabins, and mixed natural materials. Designs that evoke feelings of coziness or a warm fire under a lake moon. Maybe your design will evoke a rugged and rustic feel or maybe a chic waterfall dream-like quality. Maybe draw your inspiration from Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity.


PRIZES: $100 first place. $50 second place.

DEADLINE DATE FOR ENTRY: Applicants need to identify themselves no later than February 22nd to be included in the printed program. Simply contact Elizabeth Grant at 618-917-0243 or and tell her you’re interested.

CRITERIA FOR CONSTRUCTION: Materials used in the construction of garments should be inspired by cabin life in the winter or spring. You might include lap blankets, books, puzzles, games, cards, spring flowers, flannel. If it’s a little ripped, tattered, stained or faded – all the better, that just means it’s properly worn in for cabin life. Designers may use materials for construction such as glue, tape, dyes, staples, thread, zippers, elastic, wire, string, Velcro, boning, buckram, grommets, laces, starch, etc. Footwear made from botanical or woodsy material is preferred, but not required. In all cases, shoes must be safe to walk in. Designers can wear their garment or have someone else they choose to wear it. Originality and creativity are encouraged.

WHAT WILL FASHION ENTRANTS BE JUDGED ON? We will be looking for garments and outfits that fit well and are appropriate for the member's age; that the choice of color, texture and style and accessories go together, and of course, creativity, originality, craftsmanship, use of theme in design, and FUN. If you wish to be outrageous, that’s acceptable as well.

RULES OF SUBMISSION: Submissions must be original and must be the work of the submitting Applicant. Applicants should keep in mind the fashion show is open to everyone and children will be present. Fashions that are offensive, obscene, or too revealing will not be allowed on the runway.

ARTWORK CONSIDERATIONS: Models can dress at the theater instead of attempting to travel in a car in their outfit if they’d like.

JUDGING: Entries will be judged by a panel of judges and announced the night of the event on March 3, 2024, at the Wildey Theatre.

Upcoming Dates

  • Sunday, March 3 2024


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