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Manchu to Mao Fashion Contest

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Invites High School and College Students to participate in the Manchu to Mao Fashion Contest based on the The Way We Wore Exhibition: Celebrating Chinese Fashion Heritage.

Garments will be based on those in the Exhibition. Resources are available at the Museum in the form of books, patterns and graphics. Garments are in a wide range of fabrics and designs - cheongsam/chipao, tunics, jackets, dresses, skirts - elaborate and simple.

Contestants are to choose a favorite garment on which to base their design. Fabrics need not be the same. Please keep a journal of how garment is chosen, changes and costs which are to the responsibility of the contestant. The Journal or a copy will be in the archives and can be used as a resource.

It is agreed that garments will be available for display. Contestants may donate or loan them.

Fabrics and notions may be available. Design elements can be embroidery, beading, appliqué, fabric painting, limited only by the designers imagination.

Please contact the Museum to make arrangements for viewing garments 312-919-1000 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Garments will be judged on:

Creativity - design imagination as expressed, important in the long run in designer portfolio. (If one available, please submit)

Design - execution, consideration of detail and time

Resourcefulness - how materials are used, any unusual materials incorporated that

follow theme

Relevance - how best theme of exhibition is interpreted (time and use of chosen item).


High School - $500. $300. $200

College - $1,000. $500. $250

Applications begin December 9 and close February 17. Other dates for preliminary meetings to be determined. Judging on April 28. Queries can be directed to Grace Chun This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Winning garments will be featured at the May 19 Gals with either the designer as model or a model of their choice. Prizes and acknowledgments will be presented.

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