Upcoming Costume and Millinery Design Competitions

Here are some of the upcoming competitions that have caught my eye.  Some of them have financial prizes, some PR opportunities.  If you are thinking about entering one, think about if you can commit the time and money to do them properly.  Don’t forget about allowing budget money for things like posting the creation to the organisers.  Or allowing time to properly photograph the piece / write your accompanying biog.

I am not endorsing any of the competitions below.  It is your responsibility to decide whether to enter them and if they are worth the effort you are putting in.

I would recommend having a look at who is judging the entries, what the prizes are like and to look at the quality of the work that won if the competition ran previous years.

Parkin Fabrics (UK based, open to people all over the world)

Really great idea.  You buy a reasonably priced competition pack.  Then create a hat using the materials in the pack only and nothing else.  You don’t have to use all the materials in the pack. Deadline January 31st 2018.


Inspired by… competition

Inspired by… is an art competition and exhibition for people in adult education in the UK, celebrating and showcasing works inspired by the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collections.

Entries for Inspired By… 2018 are now open

Entries Open: October 2017
Entries Close: Friday March 2 2018
Exhibition Dates : 8-26 May 2018 at Morley Gallery
Awards Ceremony: Friday 11th May at Morley College London


Atelier Musee du Chapeau – International Hat Museum in Chazelles sur Lyon

The museum in France has a hat competition once every 2 years with generous prizes. I was part of the exhibition in 2014 (I didn’t win a prize but the hat I made did go into the exhibition and then go on to end up in the film Bridget Jones’ Baby).  I went to Chazelles for the opening of the exhibition and had the most wonderful time – milliners from all over the world gathered at the museum for the day and finished off with a shared meal on long wooden tables.

2018 should be a year that they hold the competition.  Keep an eye on their website, nothing has been announced yet. The deadline is usually about March I think.


The Worshipful Company of Feltmakers of London – Design Award

The Feltmakers competition normally runs every year, and entries have to be submitted between 1st February and 1st March.  Nothing has been announced yet for 2018, but I’m sure it will be soon!



The world premiere of this exhibition will take place at the Museum of History, located next to the Red Square in Moscow, Russia in June – August of 2019.

We seek costume designs from designers who entered their fields and created innovative work between 2000-2018. Designs of students, young professionals, independent costume or fashion designers, as well as costume interpreters and costume makers will be accepted. Designers are encouraged to submit their most boundary-breaking work that explores new ideas and/or inventive use of materials and/or explorative incorporation of technology. We are looking for costume renderings, collages, photographs, computer generated design, videos and three-dimensional costumes designed for opera, ballet, theater, cinema, and performing arts.  Innovative fashion design, devised work, wearable art, costume as an installation, and unproduced projects are also welcome.


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