The Finalists in the
IRCC, April-August 2011
Welcome to IRCC II. Last year the first
IRCC was run to celebrate the Realm of Venus' tenth anniversary
on the wonderful world wide web. Tenth anniversaries only happen once,
and so IRCC was meant to be a one-off thing. Due to popular
demand, however, I am making it an annual event for as long as the
I am therefore once again issuing a challenge to dedicated
historical costumers everywhere: to create a complete man's, woman's or
child's late Italian Renaissance (circa 1480 - 1610) outfit of any social class
from the skin out, including at least one accessory, over a period of four months. That's only
one layer or accessory per month - you can do it!
for Countdown to Challenge End
You'll have from
now until April 14 to plan and acquire what you will need
for your planned outfit, and from April 15 to August 15 to
cut, stitch, assemble, complete, and photograph for
submission an outfit from the skin out. This will be made
up as follows:
Layer 1: A camicia/shift/smock/shirt or
drawers or corset/pair of bodies. I don't expect you to make all
three, however one item MUST be an underwear layer.
Layer 2: Either
an underskirt or under-dress/petticoat, or doublet and
Layer 3: The
final layer will be either an over-dress, or a loose gown, or
Layer 4: An accessory -
any one of the following: fan, pocket/pouch, hat/jewelled accessory for
the hair, zibellino (also known as a "flea fur"), hanky,
gloves, girdle, shoes, partlet, a set of Venetian shoulder/neck ruffs (if they are separate from
the partlet), standing ruff/collar, parasol, and muff.
All who take up the challenge will have their
photos, a short bio, and a description of their proposed outfit listed
How to Enter
is now CLOSED)
To enter, please send me an e-mail (address
below) with these details listed:
- your name
- your location (state and country only)
- a short (two to three sentence-length)
bio, including whether you are a novice (as defined below)
- a short description of your proposed
- please ensure your head/shoulders photo
All entrants will be required to send me individual progress photos (one
per week maximum), along with photos of their outfits when
completed, which will be uploaded to this page so we can all follow
along. The final photo/s of the completed outfit need to be
sent to me no later than August 17, 2012. The winners will (hopefully!) be announced on August 23
anniversary of the Realm of Venus.
Rules? well, ok, I guess a challenge like this
needs rules. So...
All items must be started ON or AFTER April
15 2012. The only items begun before this date accepted as part of
your outfit will be one of the underwear items listed above. ONE item of
underwear must be made from scratch within the competition period, along with the all the upper layers
and one accessory.
If you don't manage to finish all four required
levels don't worry, you will still be in the running. However, those
who attempt and or complete all four levels will end with more points
than those who only attempt/complete one or two.
This is a challenge for individuals,
not groups, therefore only items sewn or assembled by the by the entrant with no
help from anyone else will be accepted. However, help with pattern
drafting, draping, and/or fitting is allowed. Use
of commercial patterns is also allowed.
Anyone may enter
multiple outfits if they wish, however points will be allocated on a
per-garment/item basis, not cumulatively.
Progress photos must be sent: one every
month minimum, one every week maximum. This will help to
keep you all motivated and enjoying the challenge! Photos of the
completed outfit to be a minimum of three (front,
back and side), or more if you wish.
Points will be allocated as follows:
|10 points for each layer
|10 points if EVERY layer is
|10 points for any extra
layer/accessory (over and above the four required) completed.
|5 points for any layer
started/attempted but not completed.
above points will be awarded to everyone who enters, according
to the criteria.
the points below will be allocated to the person who best meets the
|10 points to the
best attempt at historically accurate DESIGN
|10 points to the
best attempt at historically accurate CONSTRUCTION
(This does NOT include textiles used - period-accurate and
non-period textiles will be on an equal footing to allow for
|10 points for each
inclusion of HANDWORK other than sewing straight seams,
ie: hand-made lace, buttons, embroidery, weaving, shoes, use of
fur (real or faux) to create/line a garment or accessory.
|10 points to the
best attempt by a SEWING NOVICE
(A novice for this purpose is someone with less than three years
of sewing experience).
|10 points to the
best attempt by a NOVICE IN ITALIAN RENAISSANCE
(A novice for this
purpose is someone who has attempted less than three Italian
Renaissance - 15th-16th centuries - outfits prior to this
The OVERALL WINNER
will be the person with the highest total points from ALL
categories above. Other winners will be Best Design, Best
Construction, Best Handwork, Best Novice: Sewing and Best
Novice: Italian Renaissance
All entries will be
evaluated by me, with the option of enlisting the help of
volunteers should the number of entrants get unwieldy.
Bella Lucia da
The Realm of Venus