Attention, designers! This round of our Make the Cut Contest looks back at the gorgeous, groovy fashion of the 1960s for inspiration. Using the fabric swatch provided, you’re invited to sketch and submit apparel designs that pay homage to this era of outdoor festivals and boho boutiques.
We’ll accept submissions until 9:01 a.m. PT on 9/11, and then our Development Team will choose their top 20 picks. From 12 p.m. PT, 9/16 to 12 p.m. PT, 9/23, you can both vote for and comment on the finalists’ sketches via Be the Buyer, our new host for Make the Cut voting! After that, we’ll celebrate the win with a blog announcement on 9/25.
Wanna know what way cool prizes are in store for the winner? For starters, the winning piece will be produced with the designer’s name on the tag and go on sale at ModCloth.com. Plus, we’ll send the designer their winning item along with a $500. Far out!
But before you start, please read the deets below to ensure that your freewheeling sketches are totally eligible…
Guidelines for the contest:
- Images should be no larger than 5MB, and image resolution should be 300 DPI.
- Acceptable file formats are PDF, JPG, PNG, TIFF, or GIF.
- Please submit scanned sketches, or high-quality, well-lit photos of your sketch on a white/light grey background (low-quality images may be declined).
- The ideal format is vertical with a 3×5 dimension ratio.
- Sketches should clearly highlight only one item of clothing.
- Submissions may include other items, but please indicate the piece being entered in the contest.
- Entries should be based on the provided swatch, which is composed of 100% cottom. The winning piece will be available in late winter, so your designs should be seasonally appropriate.
- Keep in mind that you’re designing for the ModCloth customer, and we’re unlikely to produce couture details or luxury materials.
- Our Development Team will choose 20 pieces based on judging criteria, then we’ll post those on Be the Buyer for community voting from 12 p.m. PT, 9/16 to 12 p.m. PT, 9/23.
- Before announcing the winner, we’ll double-check that the Be the Buyer votes are legitimate.
- Use of a template is not required, but you may download one of these free online versions here , here, or here.
- If you don’t get a confirmation email after submitting, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sketches do not need to be in color, but it is encouraged to best convey your vision.
And now, the rules:
- All entries must be submitted via Submittable.
- No email submissions will be accepted.
- You may enter via Submittable only once, but you may include sketches for up to 5 designs.
- Sketches may be submitted up until 9:01 a.m. PT on 9/11.
- Entries will be judged on wearability, marketability, produce-ability, creativity, and how well they fit the ModCloth aesthetic.
- With your submission(s), please include your first and last name as you’d like to see it appear on Be the Buyer for voting and the clothing label, a brief description of your design, and a little about what inspired it or how you’d style it.
- The winners will be announced on 9/25 via the blog.
- One winning sketch will be chosen, and $500 will be awarded for it.
- Additional winners may be chosen at the discretion of ModCloth.
- The winning design will be produced and sold on ModCloth.com, and feature the designer’s name on the tag.
- Contestants under 18 must have a parent or guardian write a letter of consent, and upload it as an attachment with your entry in Submittable (Example: If you upload five separate sketches, you would then upload your scanned consent as a sixth file).
- Currently, this contest is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents.
Now that you’re hip to the guidelines and rules, it’s time to sketch your 1960s-inspired heart out! Will your ‘outta sight’ design earn production with a personalized tag, plus a $500 prize? Only one way to find out — enter!
UPDATE (10/8/2013) — Everything’s copacetic for Suzana H., the official winner of Make the Cut: Go with the ‘Boho’. In addition to a $500 prize, this talented designer will have her dress produced with her name on the tag and sold on ModCloth.com.