Frequently Asked Questions


The answer to those burning questions you have about wearable art, the competition, and how to stay calm on judging day!

Q: I am not sure which category to enter my garment in. Do you have any advice?

A: Although we ask which category you are planning on entering on the entry form, you can change your mind until the submission date opens 10 April. Just let our team know by emailing See here for full category descriptions.


Q. Can I enter my garment in more than one category?


A. No, garments can only be entered in one category, however they can be entered for more than one special award. If your garment wins more than one award and/or a category it will be awarded the highest value prize only. For more information see HERE.

Q: Does my garment need to be finished before entries close?

A: No. This deadline is only for entering the competition and the payment of the fee. Your garment needs to be complete and photographed by the time the submission date closes.

Q: What happens at the pre-selection judging?

A: Judges view your photos in conjunction with your artist statement. The online submission requires you to upload four photos and it is these photos that are presented to the judges – they do not view the actual garments. Successful pre-selection designers will be notified and invited to participate in either the Youth and Tertiary Judging Event or the Main Judging Event.

Q: There is a lot of mystery around judging day. Could you provide an outline of what happens on judging day?

A: In addition to the Pre-Selection Judging, there are TWO judging days. You will be notified of which date you will be attending:

Designers attending either judging events:

A: Prior to judging day, you will be advised of your time slot within your category. You will be allocated a model and a dressing room for you to dress your model with the help of wardrobe staff if required. Professional hair and make-up is provided. Your model enters the judging room your garment is scored across the five criteria from one to ten. Professional photography also happens on this day. This year judging is open to the public and ticketed for anyone to watch. If you are a designer that has entered, you will not need a ticket to attend on your allocated day.

Designers not attending the judging event:

A: A wardrobe assistant will be allocated to your garment and a trial dressing will occur the day before judging. If there are any dressing queries, your wardrobe assistant will ring and talk these through with you. The same wardrobe assistant will dress your model on judging day and ensure she is presented for professional hair, make-up, photography and judging, and pack your garment up at the end of the day.

Q: Is it possible to be given the measurements of my allocated model before the judging day? This would allow time to make any size adjustments before the day so the garment fits correctly

A: When you submit your photos and artist statement, you will also be asked the size of your garment. Based on this information, we will allocate a model for you. We suggest you make your garment adjustable and below are some suggestions from our Wardrobe team:

  • Use a side zip for quick dressing and corset lacing for adjustment.
  • If you are using Velcro, ensure it is sewn on firmly.
  • Wide elastic waistbands work well.