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Welcome to the Call for Entries for The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes’ signature fashion fundraising event that will be held Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Corning Museum of Glass

This is a juried call. Designers of all ages are welcome. Designers can submit as many proposals as they wish, however, the panel may have to limit the number of accepted designs per designer.

Please refer to the Design Guidelines below to create your proposal.

Proposals are due on Friday, January 10, 2020. The results of the jurying will be announced on Friday, January 24, 2020.

Tell us as much as you can about your proposed design. We understand, that as art unfolds, it evolves and often changes. We won’t hold you to exactly what you propose but do want to know about the materials and concept so that we can ensure an eclectic and diverse fashion show. The more information you provide, the better we will be able to assess your proposal. Please see the attached successful proposal example.

If your design is chosen, you will be included in the Designers-Only Facebook page. Materials can be sourced through the Facebook page. The ARTS Council is a temporary collection point for materials.

Important Dates:

  • Friday, January 10, 2020 - Proposal deadline
  • Friday, January 24, 2020 - Notification to designers

Participation is mandatory at the following:

  • Monday, February 24, 2020 - Photos & Updates #1 
  • Monday, March 23, 2020 - Photos & Updates #2 
  • Friday, April 3, 2020 - Photos & Program Language (Materials, Thesis, & 1 Spirit Sentence - 50 words)
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - Model Boot Camp (attendance for one required)
  • Thursday, April 16, 2020 - Model Boot Camp (attendance for one required)
  • Saturday, May 2, 2020 - Dress Rehearsal & Fashion Show (All day from 12:00pm - Show Closing)

Questions? Contact Erica at erica@eARTS.org

Let your imagination run wild!

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Design Guidelines

This fashion show will feature one-of-a-kind creations by artists using recycled or repurposed materials.

All recycled materials are acceptable. Materials used by designers in past years include plastic bags, feathers, warming blankets from a marathon, CDs and DVDs, newspaper, dryer lint, old tarps, candy wrappers, vinyl records, used videotape, and much more. Sew, weave or assemble your materials. Please label the sketch of your design so the panel can clearly imagine your vision. 

The final product needs to be a transformative creation. Create high fashion from other people’s castaways. Creating something new from something old is essential – just wearing old clothes doesn’t count. The Design Panel prefers proposals which truly transform materials to be unrecognizable from their original purpose.

Model your own work or design and recruit a model. If you’d like to design but don’t want to strut the runway, find a model – and a muse! Models will be required to attend a training session near the show date.

Collaborate if you want. Collaborative design teams are a great way to tackle a creative dream and build relationships. We all know flights of fancy that can happen when creative people get together! The fashion show is a fun way for inspired coworkers or crafty friends to work together for a great cause. 

Organic material is okay if it’s found, but please don’t denude any trees in pursuit of fashion. Label your design sketch so the panel can identify the materials you plan on using. 

The means of construction don’t have to be recycled. It’s okay to use thread or staples or tape to hold things together.

Hair and makeup: Professional hair styling and makeup are available upon request. If requested, you will be required to consult with your hair/makeup artist.

Proposals: You can submit as many design proposals as you wish, but in order to include as many designers as possible, we may have to limit the number of accepted designs and or runway walks per designer. Some designers will have multiple designs accepted as long as they can walk down the runway together (i.e. a couple or a grouped theme).

Tips and Notes for 2020: To celebrate the 9th Season of ReCouture, audience members will be asked to “Dress up to the Nines.”  You are welcome to design an ensemble within that theme, but designs are not limited to any theme. The 2020 Panel is especially interested in seeing more men's fashion. They will also be looking for submissions that are thorough and will make a big impression, so go for the outrageous, the unusual and the spectacular!

 Questions? Contact Erica at erica@eARTS.org

Looking for the unconventional and avant-garde!