Masquerade

Masquerade Guidelines

Masquerade Judge Application

Masquerade Expectations For 2015

The Masquerade is a popular event where costumers come together to showcase their love of the arts. From enthusiastic novices to highly experienced masters, we have something for everyone who appreciates the time and effort that these participants put into creating and showcasing their costumes.

Last year we opened up the competition to more types of costumers which went very well. This year we are expanding even further. Original Designs and Adaptation Costuming are now accepted. To celebrate AnimeNEXT’s theme of Neo Yokai (futurist demons), we welcome you to interpret this theme within costumes and skits.

Keep in mind that the Masquerade is a costume competition foremost and a family friendly event. Skit entries may take the form of rehearsed skits which may include, but are not limited to: walk-ons, re-enactments, musical numbers, choreographed dances, comedy sketches, acting, instrumental acts, and parodies. All skits must showcase your costumes to their fullest ability.

Below is the breakdown of Categories for 2015. Please review the Guidelines as well. If you have any questions, please contact us at cosplay@animenext.org

Competition Categories:

All categories are eligible for Best in Division and Best in Show.

1 – Recreation via Construction & Sewing. This category represents costumes that are based on a specific, existing costume, painting, design, or illustration from an official source. These costumes are created mainly from scratch and do not utilize pre-existing or store-bought apparel as the bulk of the outfit.

2 – Recreation via Adaptation of Existing Garments. This category represents costumes that are based on a specific, existing costume, painting, design, or illustration from an official source. However, the costume may be created via adaptation of store-bought apparel that was modified by the costumer to recreate the look of the character. (Officially manufactured costumes are not eligible)

3 – Original Design via Construction & Sewing. This category represents costumes that are based on the original design of the costumer or fan artist. These costumes are created mainly from scratch and do not utilize pre-existing or store-bought apparel as the bulk of the outfit.
4 – Original Design via Adaptation of Existing Garments. This category represents costumes that are based on the original design of the costumer or fan artist. However, the costume may be created via adaptation of store-bought apparel that was modified by the costumer to recreate the look of the character.