KATSUCON COSPLAY FASHION SHOW RULES
1. All participants must have a Katsucon badge (this includes Associate, Dealer, Press, or other specialty badges).
2. Contestants will be judged according to their costume’s resemblance to the character it is based on, representation of their costume, and runway performance.
3. There will be an online registration form as well as at con signups. Those who register online will still need to come to check-in during designated check in times. Online registration will be limited to the first 20 confirmed entries. Confirmed means they have been contacted by the Cosplay Staff and have replied to this contact and given a reference number. On-site at the convention there will be an additional 20 slots open. Any unused pre-registration slots will be transferred to the At-Con signups. If you pre-reg and then find that you can’t make it for whatever reason, please inform the coordinator as soon as possible.
4. You must check-in during Check-in Times; if you do not check-in you forfeit your entry. We will have a Friday night Check-In from 7 to 9PM, the location this year has been moved to the Ticket booth for Main Events (Potomac A&B). This is where you will let us know you are here & obtain information for rehearsal. The coordinator will pass on any last minute changes, we will take at-con signups, and we will be available for any further questions you may have. Check in is mandatory.
5. There will be a mandatory rehearsal an hour before the show. All cosplayers are responsible for their own punctuality. Cosplayers will be lined up first come first serve order to minimize downtime in Main Events. Please show up at the start of rehearsal to assure an early place in the
rehearsal. *There are no exceptions. All cosplays in the fashion show must walk in rehearsal and will be reviewed by the cosplay coordinators. Failure to attend the rehearsal or arriving late can result in the disqualification from the Fashion Show.
6. The same costume may not be used in either the Masquerade or the Hall Cosplay contests.
7. All costumes are permitted as well as original costumes & fashion designs.
8. All clothing & costumes must abide by the rules of the convention. If a costume is deemed unacceptable for the convention according to established policies, then it will not be allowed in the Cosplay Fashion Show. Please review the dress code, weapons policy, and other important rules.
9. Each contestant may enter a handmade costume or a purchased or commissioned costume.
10. No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power it must be part of your costume design.
11. No explosives, special effects, messy substances, profanity, political, or religious statements or signage are allowed during the contest.
12. Every part of each contestant’s costume must leave with him or her after the walk-on or skit is completed.
13. Each contestant or group is only allowed one entry.
14. Contestants will be judged according to their costume’s resemblance to the character it is based on, representation of their costume, and runway performance.
15. The Cosplay Fashion Show Department Head has the full authority to request a change to a costume for any reason. Refusal to make the requested change will disqualify the person or group from the competition.
16. All decisions of the Cosplay Fashion Show Department Head are final.
17. While no changes to these rules are foreseen, certain circumstances may require that the rules be changed. Any changes to the rules will be noted on this page. A complete set of current rules will be posted at the Cosplay Headquarters check-in tables at all times on Friday and Saturday.
We will be using our interpretation of the World Costuming Guild’s rules in our categorizations. Below are the descriptions to find which group you fall into:
Youth : Any entrant aged 13 years and younger. For safety reasons, children under the age of 8 cannot be allowed on the stage during the Cosplay for any reason, unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Novice : Any costumer(s) who has won 2 or fewer awards. *This is the category you select if you have never cosplayed before, or have not won any contests.
- Professional costumers cannot enter the Novice Division.
- If you have previously won an award at the Journeyman or Master level, you cannot enter the Novice Division.
- If you have won any award at a major regional competition, you cannot enter in the Novice Division.
- If you have won more than 2 awards at prior Masquerades or other regional conventions you cannot enter in the Novice Division.
Journeyman : Any costumer(s) who has won 3 – 8 awards.
- Professional costumers cannot enter the Journeyman Division.
- If you have previously won an award at the Master level, you cannot enter the Journeyman Division.
- If you have won a Best-in-Show major regional competition, you cannot enter in the Journeyman Division.
- If you have won any award in the Open or Master Division at any other major convention, you cannot enter in the Journeyman Division.
Master : Any costumer(s) who has won 9 or more awards.
Entrants are always welcome to compete at a higher level should they wish. If you have won before at a higher skill level than your award total gives you credit for (I.E. You have a Novice skill level, but you have won as a Master) then we at Katsucon highly recommend that you compete at the higher skill level, as you have already proven that you can hang with the best of them. Awards will be given for the best presentation in each Skill level, and Best in Show. Judges may wish to add their own special awards for outstanding entrants.
We will be accepting costumes from all genres. Genres may include Anime, Cartoons, Video Games, Movies, Art books and Artwork, Comics and Graphic Novels. This is not limited to Asian origin or Asian influenced genres, so Ubisoft, Disney, Valve, DC, Marvel, Warner Bros., Star Wars, My Little Pony, Doctor Who, etc, will be allowed. Cross-overs and mixed genres are also permissible.