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Fashion Revue

The Fashion Revue is an event that is part of Field Day that will convene March 24 2018.  Fashion Revue is an event for those enrolled in clothing & textiles and/or fashion revue 4-H projects to highlight their efforts and to develop self-confidence and poise.  Members have the opportunity to model the garments they have made or purchased and to present themselves at their best in personal grooming, posture, modeling, and accessorizing their garment. The day is one of learning, as well as competing. Instruction will be given, especially to the Beginners, on how to model.  All entrants will receive written, constructive comments on their outfits. Members must be enrolled in the clothing or fashion revue projects.  Garments must not have been shown in a previous Fashion Revue and must have been completed in this 4-H project year.

Download the 2018 District Fashion Revue Packet

2018 Fashion Revue Entry Form

Categories of Competition
There are three major categories of competition to enter.  Contestants must select or construct and model their own garments.  Members may enter in any one or more of the following:
  • Traditional Category Information - features garments the participant has constructed, showcasing sewing skills and the ability to coordinate an outfit. The entry must be sewn by the member as part of the 4-H Clothing and Textiles project. The outfit must contain at least one constructed garment; participants are encouraged to construct additional garments to complete the outfit. (No change from 2016)

  • Consumer Science Purchased Information $40.00 limit for the entire outfit, includes shoes but not sales tax. Receipts from the current 4-H year are required for any item that is visible. Gifts, prior purchases, and items without receipts are not eligible for this category. Receipts from yard sales, etc. may be hand written. The member should consider value vs. cost, versatility, the shopping experience, and coordination of the outfit within the cost limit. There is no 4-H project requirement; any 4-H member may enter this category. (Note addition of category criteria)

  • Upcycled Category Information - take one or more existing garments and turn them into a new, different, and wearable garment. Additional fabrics, trim and supplies may be used during the construction process. The upcycled garment must be sewn by the member as part of the 4-H Clothing & Textiles project. Additional upcycled and/or sewn garments are encouraged to complete the outfit. A “before” photograph showing the original garment(s) is required. This is not an alteration - such as a large dress taken in to fit a smaller person that still retains the same lines. It is where the garment has been cut apart and remade into a new garment that looks different. The emphasis is on the transition of the garment. The outfit entered in the Upcycled category must include an accessory of your choice, handmade by the participant. (No change from 2016)

  • See It, Sew IT Challenge  Have you found an outfit online or in a magazine that you would love to copy for yourself? This category is perfect for you! Start with a picture of a new garment or outfit from a current magazine, catalog, store display, or website. List the retail price if you were to purchase the garment or outfit. Then get creative and copy it. Include the cost of your sewn garment/outfit. Use of a commercial or hand-drawn pattern is your choice (the original picture cannot be from the pattern envelope.) The garment must be made in the Clothing and Textiles project. The focus of this category is copying a new garment and making it fit you. The entry should only be modified for fit, type of fabric, or color/print of fabric, keeping it as close to the original as possible. Copying a vintage Lucille Ball dress, for example, would be in the Retro Challenge. 

  • Retro-Vintage Inspired Challenge
    Create an outfit that is inspired by a vintage design using new fabric and notions. Vintage is 20-100 years old, so use an inspiration that is from 1900-2000. The entry must state the year or period of the design and include a drawing, photo, or description of the design that inspires your outfit. At least one garment must be handmade by the member. Other garments and accessories can be handmade or purchased but must be representational of the same era. There is no 4-H project requirement; any 4-H member may enter this category. 

    Ideas for sources of inspiration include but aren’t limited to: a sewing pattern that belonged to your parent, an outfit worn by your parent or grandparent in their youth, an iconic outfit worn by someone famous like Lucille Ball, Nancy Reagan, John Wayne, or James Dean, or use one of the new sewing patterns labeled Retro.


Levels of Competition
There are three levels of competition (Jr., Int., & Sr.) and primaries that are coached and not judged.
Primary Any contestant 5 - 8 years old on December 31, 2017
Junior Any contestant 9-10 years old on December 31, 2017
Intermediate Any contestant 11-13 years old on December 31, 2017
Senior Any contestant 14 and above on December 31, 2017

To encourage self-confidence and poise contestants should be prepared with a written commentary for the judges about their outfits in a short 30 second to one-minute explanation. (Length of explanation should be age appropriate, no more than 60 words). This is required at Sectional Fashion Revue.  This commentary will be read by the master of ceremonies while the member models.  A copy will also be provided to the judges with your entry form. Please see Writing a Commentary for more information.


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