Want to show off an amazing Star Wars costume or watch incredible costumers strut their stuff? Star Wars Celebration VI will feature two Costume Pageants to accommodate all the finest costumes in the galaxy. These outfits will surely rival the most exquisite finery in Coruscant, so make plans to enter or attend the shows. These events are free to spectators!
Costume Pageants are currently scheduled for the afternoons of Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25, and are planned for the Celebration Stage with celebrity host James Arnold Taylor (times to be announced).
All entries must represent a character or element in the Star Wars universe—whether from a movie, book, comic, television show, or your own imagination. Entrants choose which Pageant they'd like to participate in. If a selected Pageant is filled, entrants will be offered a spot in the other Pageant if space permits.
The Costume Pageants will be judged solely on the quality of the costume. Solo contestants will enter the stage, pivot, pause, and exit while the emcee reads the entrant's own description of the costume. No speaking or individualized music will be allowed. Star Wars themed music will play throughout the Pageant. Each Pageant is limited to 75 entries. The time limit is approximately one minute (as long as it takes for the emcee to read the contestant's description).
Attendees may register for both contests, but must adhere to the following restrictions.
- A contestant may participate in each Pageant only once. Changing costumes for a second appearance in the same Pageant is not allowed.
- A contestant will be registered for ONE Pageant until the registration deadline is reached. If space permits in the other Pageant at that time, the second Pageant may be entered.
- If a contestant wishes to enter both Pageants, a complete registration must be filled out for EACH Pageant. Both registrations may be mailed together.
- Contestants who wish to enter both Pageants may do so only by entering in two different costumes. Contestants may not compete in both Pageants in the same costume.
- A second registration may be submitted any time before the registration deadline. The primary registration will be honored first, with the secondary registration placed on a waiting list until the registration deadline has passed.
To register, fill out the form below and mail it to the address on the form by July 25, 2012. Registrations will be accepted by mail only; emailed registrations will be ignored. (If you live outside the United States and mailing the entry poses a problem, contact the Costume Contest Coordinator for instructions; see Rule #8 below.) This does not register you for the convention—only the Costume Pageant. You must also register for the convention (in advance or on-site). A valid Star Wars Celebration VI badge will be required when you check in at the Costume Pageant.
Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-accepted basis. You will receive confirmation via e-mail after your entry has been received. When registration is full, a notice will be posted on the Star Wars Celebration VI website. If more registrations arrive than space allows, a list of alternate contestants will be created; in the event of a drop-out of a registered contestant, an alternate will be contacted to fill the spot. Single-appearance entries will be placed in the contest ahead of second entries. Placement in the shows will be based upon the receipt of the registration form by the Costume Contest Coordinator.
In the event that the contests are not filled by July 25, 2012, late or on-site entries may be accepted. Instructions will be posted on the Star Wars Celebration VI website. Check the websites after July 25 to determine if space is still available. As a last measure, you may come to Costume Pageant Registration on the day of each show (times and location to be announced) to find out if space is available.
Entrants must provide a written description or story that the emcee will read during their appearance on stage. This may describe the details of the costume or provide a story about the character being portrayed. This description is limited to 150 words. We reserve the right to edit material. Costumers, take note: This is your opportunity to describe your work for the audience and judges. You may offer details about the construction process, materials, number of work hours, or anything else that might impress the judges and fans.
The Emcee Introduction must be mailed with the registration form or e-mailed to the Costume Contest Coordinator after confirmation of placement in the show. It must be e-mailed or postmarked by July 25, 2012. E-mailed Introductions must include the entrant's name in the subject line. No changes to the Emcee Introduction will be allowed after July 30, 2012.
Categories will be established for both shows. The Costume Contest Staff will evaluate all the entries for each show and decide how best to sort the entries. We want to make the judging as fair as possible for all entrants. A description of your costume is required on the entry form to help us sort costumes into the correct category. Please provide as much information as you think we need to make this assessment. In many cases, a character name is sufficient (for example, Wookiee, Darth Vader, General Grievous, Ewok). For many costumes, we'll need a few sentences to know which Amidala dress you'll be wearing or what your invented character will look like. Don't worry about the prose — just be as clear as possible.
A Child Category will be part of each show. If an entrant is age 0-13, request the Child category on the entry form.
Special Rule for Children
Multiple children wearing the same costume (for example, two Jedi or three Ewoks) may participate together as a single entry, to a maximum of three persons. This allows siblings or friends to enter the contest without competing against each other in the same costume. Note to parents: One adult must remain with children under 8 years old backstage at all times, and one adult is recommended to be backstage with children under 13. Children who are too small to walk the stage by themselves may be escorted by an uncostumed adult.
Best In Show Judging
For both contests, the winners in each category will be brought back on stage briefly for judging as Best in Show. The Best In Show winner is determined by audience vote.
Costume Pageant Participation General Rules
- Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Please verify this information on site.
- Any item or activity that presents the possibility of damage to the entrants, their costumes, the audience, or the facility is prohibited. Carrying or displaying weapons or weapon replicas of any sort is permitted only according to Celebration guidelines found elsewhere on this website. Prohibited items worn or carried into the convention areas will be confiscated. Functional firearms are not permitted at any time in the convention or the costume contest.
- Good taste must be used in creation and presentation of costumes and talent. Gore, graphic violence, nudity, or other objectionable elements may be grounds for disqualification as determined by the judges or Costume Contest Staff.
- Any participant may be disqualified from the contest by Convention Management, Costume Contest Staff, or official costume judges for failure to observe any of these rules. All decisions made by the judges are final. All prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the contest.
- All contestants must check in and be prejudged on the day of the show. Failure to appear at check-in will result in removal from the contest. Check-in will take place on each show day; the location and times will be announced. A valid Star Wars Celebration VI convention badge is required at check-in.
- Registration will end 2 hours before the beginning of each show. No one will be added to the show after that time. If an entrant fails to appear at check-in, that spot will be given to an alternate.
- Entrants are responsible for their own belongings. We are unable to provide a secure area for personal items. We recommend bringing an assistant to help with belongings. A bag check area is available in the convention center.
- Rules and entry questions for the Costume Contest Coordinator may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and addressed to Anne Brown. If you wish to check on the status of your registration, please allow at least seven days from the day that you mail the entry. E-mailed entries will be ignored. When sending e-mails, be sure to include "Costume Contest" or "Star Wars CVI" in the subject line.
- If you use spam-blocking software, please adjust your settings to accept e-mail from the Costume Contest Coordinator (see Rule #8) so you can receive communication via email.
Read the rules? Ready to compete?
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