Judging & Entry Criteria
Judging will take place in two stages - a first round to select finalists followed by a final round to determine winners.
First Round Judging
The first round of judging will be completed by a nominated panel who will inspect all online submissions and select a group of finalists. Finalists may be asked to post their entry to Sydney (Australia) for final judging. Please note that all postage costs will be incurred by the entrant and Tessuti Fabrics takes no responsibility for garments lost or damaged in transit.
The core judging panel is an independent jury of fashion design experts who will be responsible for the judging and final decision-making of all entries that are sent in.
The judges will use the following criteria to assess the garments. Points will be awarded and winners will be selected according to the following judging and category criteria:
Theme (Red Hot and Black)
- Application of the theme.
- Meets 80-100% Tessuti fabric requirements (lining may be excluded).
- Silhouette and proportion.
- Design detailing.
- Balance/design resolution.
- Innovative elements.
- Understanding of trends.
- Application to the fashion market.
Make and Finish of garment
- Quality of work and attention to detail.
- Construction appropriate to design and fabric.
- The dress must be suitable for a formal or 'dressy' event.
- The dress length must finish at the knee, just above the knee or just below the knee. No full-length gowns or micro minis please.
- The dress must be either red OR black – not a combination of both. The final dress (outer) must comprise 80-100% of one of the nominated fabrics FLAME RED (100% French polyester taffeta) OR PHANTOM BLACK (French 54% polyester taffeta & 46% cotton dobby spot).
- Up to 20% of your final garment (outer) may comprise an alternative fabric. The complimentary fabric must be purchased from Tessuti Fabrics and be either black or red. Please note if you are making a red dress and using an additional fabric, it must also be red. If you are making a black dress and using an additional fabric, it must also be black. No other colour combinations are allowed.
- Fabric embellishments (ie trims, beading, laser-cutting etc.) are permitted but must be in the same colour as your chosen fabric. Screen-printing is not allowed.
- The dress must be one piece only i.e. not a top and skirt combination.
- It is not a requirement that any lining fabric be purchased at Tessuti.
- For uniformity and in order to make it equal for all participants, your dress must be made up in standard Australian size 10. See here for measurements http://tessuti.blogspot.com/2008/09/australian-size-10-measurements.html.
- The chosen finalists may be asked to post their garments to Sydney (at their own cost and risk) for judging.
- Your entry should be appropriate for a dressy event e.g. a formal wedding, cocktail party, races or movie premiere. You may use commercial dress patterns or your own design and you will need to indicate this on your profile page.
- You must keep a record of the names of fabrics used, composition etc. as these will be required in your online profile entry.
- You must retain your receipt for proof of purchase.
- The item must be sewn by hand or machine. You cannot enter purchased garments which have been embellished.
- Competition is open to all Tessuti customers excluding present and former staff.
Terms and Conditions
The following Terms and Conditions apply to enter the Tessuti Awards:
- It is a condition of entry that the garments have not entered any previous awards, Tessuti Awards reserves the right to withdraw at any time or refuse to accept the entry of such garments.
- The garment being submitted is "on loan" by or to Tessuti Awards.
- It is a condition of entry that the garment, images and associated materials be permitted for promoting the Tessuti Awards and the images could be supplied to the media for promotion.
- It is a condition of entry that the winning garments need to be available for promotional photography/displays for up to six months after the winner is announced. The winning entrants give permission for Tessuti to use images of themselves and the winning garments on the Tessuti website, Tessuti blog and all other promotional opportunities as required.
- The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- It is a condition of entry that all prizes are non-transferrable and non-redeemable for cash.
- You may enter as many garments as you like but each garment must be registered separately.
As the Tessuti Awards is an online competition, good photography will benefit your entry. You will be able to submit up to 10 photos for each entry.
Please ensure you include:
- at least one photo of the dress in the design/development stage.
- at least one photo of the close up details of the dress.
- at least one photo of the stitching/construction inside the dress.
- only portrait photos (not landscape) as this will show the dress best.
- Crop the photos to 500 pixels wide, 750 pixels high.
- Submit photos that show off your creation at its best. We recommend you show at least one front, side and rear photo.
- Take photos on a live model, not a dressform.
- Include a photo or two of the dress under construction.
- Include a photo or two of dress up close to show features and the quality of the construction.
- Take the photos in natural light. Flash and lowlight photography will not show your dress off at its best.
Q: Who can enter the Tessuti Awards?
A: Anyone in the world is welcome to enter!
Q: Can I enter more than one dress?
A: Yes, you can enter as many times as you like. Each entry must be registered separately.
Q: If I win 1st prize, when do I have to travel?
A: The dates for the winning trip (your choice of destination) will need to be booked within six months of the announcement of winners.
Q: Can I use the red and black fabrics together on the same dress?
A: No, you must create either a red dress OR a black dress.
Q: Can I create my own design with laser-cutting, fabric appliqué or screenprinting?
A: You may use appliqué or laser-cutting. Screenprinting is not allowed.
Q: Does my dress have to be made up in an Australian size 10?
A: Yes. If you become a finalist and are required to send in your dress, it will need to fit a Size 10 model for our photoshoot/video.
Q: Can I submit a child's dress?
A: No, only womenswear will be considered for entry.
Q: Can I enter a jacket, skirt or pant design made up in this year’s theme?
A: No, only dresses are eligible for entry.
Q: What style of dress can I enter?
A: You can enter a dress suitable for a formal wedding, the races (no hats please) or a cocktail party. Dress length must be at the knee, just above the knee or just below the knee. No full length gowns or micro minis please.
Q: Can I use a plain for the lining of my dress?
A: Yes, a plain lining is perfectly fine.
Q: Does the lining need to be purchased from Tessuti Fabrics?
Q: In addition to using one of the two nominated fabrics, am I allowed to include another fabric in my dress?
A: Up to 20% of your final garment may comprise an alternative fabric. The complimentary fabric must be purchased from Tessuti Fabrics and be either black or red. Please note if you are making a red dress and using an additional fabric, it must also be red. If you are making a black dress and using an additional fabric, it must also be black. No other colour combinations are allowed.