Shine like the stars and compete on the runway!
Designers competing in The Goodwill Design Challenge will receive professional photos of their work, tickets to the Glitter Gala, the chance to win prize packages and make connections and get advice from industry professionals.
Designers will create a runway look inspired by this year’s theme, Universe of Potential, with a focus on repurposing goods. Competitors will have a 20 minute shopping spree at the Seattle Goodwill Outlet to gather materials for their garment, then their model will walk the runway at the Glitter Gala to show their creativity and designs and compete for prizes.
Contest Overview & Important Dates
Applications Due by midnight, Wednesday, June 28
Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. Contact Elizabeth Lovecraft or call 206-860-5738 with questions. Designers will be selected and notified by July 5.
Shopping for Materials: July 11, 6:00 pm
Goodwill Outlet, 1765 6th Ave S, Seattle
Designers will get 20 minutes to “shop” for free and collect materials for one “look.” All garment materials must be found during this time and come from the outlet store, with the exception of footwear and sewing essentials. If you decide not to participate, all materials must be returned.
Designer Check-in & Garment Evaluation: Mid-August – date TBD
Goodwill Store, 1400 S Lane St, Seattle
Design Challenge producers and industry professionals will discuss your inspiration and progress and give suggestions based on evaluation criteria in a group setting. Designers are responsible for recruiting their own model. Model diversity encouraged; all shapes, sizes and ages welcome.
Garment Complete & Fashion Rehearsal: Sunday, October 22
Goodwill Administration Building, 700 Dearborn Pl S, Seattle
Both models and designers must attend. Models will rehearse, designers will discuss hair and make-up needs for the final show with stylists. Garments must be complete and will be turned in at this time for panel review.
Goodwill Glitter Gala & Fashion Show: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 6:00 pm
Magnuson Park, Hangar 30, 6310 NE 74th St, Seattle
Over 650 guests attend this annual event that celebrates fundraising, fashion and all that glitters. Designers receive a complementary $200 ticket to attend. Call time for models will be 4:00 pm.
Awards and Garment Guidelines
Each look will be judged by the Glitter Gala audience during the Glitter Fashion Show. “Best Use of Materials” and “Best Interpretation of Theme” awards will be given. Garment construction will be reviewed by a panel of experts, and their evaluations will be shared with the audience prior to voting.
Construction (determined by panel of experts)
- Incorporation of repurposed materials from Seattle Goodwill (minimum 90%)
- Level of complexity
- Attention to detail and finishing
- Functions for runway show (not inappropriately sheer or fragile, model can walk, not prone to “wardrobe malfunctions”).
Creativity (judged by audience)
- Inspired interpretation of the theme “Universe of Potential” that creates audience excitement.
- Unexpected and/or untraditional use of materials.
- Incorporation of coordinating accessories to complete the “look.”
- Exemplifies theme
- Exhibits aura of high fashion and glamour
2016 Design Challenge Winners:
Audience Favorite & Best Use of Materials: Kevin Shu
Best Interpretation of the Theme: Rebecca Bartenetti
Finalists Appearing at the Glitter Gala:
Luna Kamar Abdi | Rebecca Bartenetti | Deneen Elmore | Lauren Gibbons | Maria Rossana Muir | Kevin Shu
Enjoy the fashion show video and check out photos of the entire runway fashion show: