Medieval Costume Contest

Eligibility and Costume Requirements

  • The eligibility to participate is based upon the competitor’s quality of the outfit only (outlined below), and is not in any way based on an applicant’s race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, or political affiliation.
     
  • An outfit should represent a member of medieval society of any nation/people and period (IX-XV century – pre-Renaissance only) is eligible to enter the competition.
     
  • There should be NO modern elements present / seen, such as glasses, watches, cell phones or modern earrings.
     
  • An outfit should look authentic.
     

The competition is going to be judged by 2-3 judges, those who have knowledge and/or experience in medieval costume-making.

As a general rule, a Competitor who has collected the maximum amount of points is pronounced a winner. (Please see the Rubric below)

 

Keys to Success

  • Only natural fabric (wool, linen, silk or cotton) should be used in creation of your outfit.
     
  • There should be NO ARTIFICIAL leather or fur present anywhere on a costume. All leather elements should be made of natural leather.
     
  • There should be NO plastic present anywhere on a costume. Beads and other decoration should be natural: glass, wood, stone, gems, pearls, amber, etc.
     
  • The whole costume should be of the same period and nation. Including foot-ware & jewellery.
     
  • Preferably no machine stitches should be seen.
     
  • Competitor (or somebody on behalf of the competitor) should be able to describe their outfit: nation, period, main elements.

 

Although not required, though in order to eliminate confusions and questions and to add some weight to your position, it is strongly recommended that competitors have a “Costume Passport”. This report should include basic description of the re-enacted nation, period and social class, and a detailed description of all or most elements of the costume, including jewellery, foot-ware, head-dress, etc. Elements descriptions can include pictures of original archaeological findings, patterns and schemes, the materials used, stitching methods, etc.

NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns, need help with historical/archaeological recourses, patterns, or authentic material choice for your outfit, please contact Alexandra (Scallagrims MMAC Costume Director) at ss@scallagrims.com .
 

Rubric

Rubric Descriptors
Perfect 4 Does the job 2
Strong performance 3 Needs improvement 1
           
  4 3 2 1 0
Authentic design Outfit is clearly identifiable. All elements of the costume are present and can be traced to the same period, nation, society class. Outfit is identifiable. Most elements of the costume are present. Most elements can be traced to the same period, nation, society class. Outfit is somewhat identifiable. Some elements are missing. Slight discrepancies in the  period, nation, society class. Outfit is somewhat identifiable. Important elements are missing. Discrepancies in the  period, nation, society class. Outfit cannot be identified with the period / nation.
Authentic material Outfit is made completely of the authentic natural homemade fabric. Use of natural leather, fur. Outfit is made of natural fabrics. Use of natural leather, fur.  Most of the outfit is made out of natural fabrics. Some synthetic material is used, not identifiable. Some or most of the elements are made of synthetic material. Clearly identifiable. Use of artificial leather. Outfit is made out of synthetic materials completely. Use of artificial leather, fur.
Machine-made vs. Hand-made Outfit is completely hand-stitched using authentic stitches. Most of the outfit is hand-stitched. Very little machine-stitching and invisible. Some of the outfit is hand-stitched,  machine-stitches are used but invisible. Outfit is fully machine-stitched, no machine-stitches are visible Outfit is fully machine-stitched, machine-stitches are clearly visible.
Quality and the amount of embroidery / decoration for a particular society member The amount of decoration / embroidery complies with the society class presented. Authentic design is used that can be traced to the outfit's period, nation and society class. Natural materials are used. All embroidery is neatly done. The amount of decoration / embroidery is sufficient for the society class presented. Authentic design is used. Slight discrepancies in period, nation. Natural materials are used. Most embroidery is neatly done. Sufficient decoration is used. Design looks authentic. Synthetic materials, if used, look authentic. Some decoration is used. Synthetic materials are used for decoration and are clearly identifiable Very little or No decoration for a society class.
Jewellery The amount of jewelry matches the society class. Design can be traced to the same period, nation. Only natural metal, stone, other materials are used. The amount of jewelry is somewhat identifiable and sufficient for a society class. Design looks authentic. Only natural metal, stone, other materials are used. Jewelry looks authentic. Natural metal is used. Some artificial elements. Modern jewelry is used, which looks somewhat authentic. Very little jewelry which is unidentifiable. No jewelry. Plastic elements.
Footware Footwear is made completely of natural leather or other natural material. Authentic design is used which can be traced to the same nation, period, society class. Decoration is authentic. Footwear is made completely of natural leather / materials. Some discrepancies in period, nation, social class. Footwear is somewhat identifiable with the period and/or nation. Natural leather / material is used. Artificial leather / rubber / plastic is used for some elements. Big discrepancies in nation, period or social class. Footwear cannot be identified belonging to a period, nation, class. Artificial leather is used.Footwear cannot be identified belonging to a period, nation, class. Artificial leather is used. Modern FootwearModern Footwear.
Presentation Excellent, live, engaging presentation. Presenter displays sufficient knowledge about period, nation, and social class. Can clearly describe all elements of the outfit, uses appropriate terminology. Very good presentation. Presenter displays good knowledge about period, nation, social class. Can describe all elements of the outfit, uses some terminology. Good presentation. Presenter displays sufficient knowledge about period, nation, social class in order to describe the outfit. Can describe most elements of the outfit. Poor presentation. Presenter displays some or little knowledge about period, nation, social  class. Can somewhat describe the outfit in general. No presentation or cannot describe the outfitNo presentation or cannot describe the outfit.

 

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