RTR 2023 Designer Information

Cash Prizes

  • First Place: $700
  • Second Place: $300
  • Third Place: $150

In addition to cash prizes, each designer/team will be featured in email and social media promotions with links to their business page, have the opportunity for an audience meet & greet at the event, and be invited to walk the runway with their model at the end of the show.

Judging Criteria

  • Craftsmanship/quality of the design
  • Creativity/originality (see previous designs for inspiration)
  • Overall, head-to-toe look including hair, makeup and accessories (professional makeup and/or hair styling services are available free of charge)
  • Stage presence – models do not need to be professionals, but should be confident and comfortable on the runway

Competition Details

  • Entry fee is $50. This includes the bag purchase and entrance to the show for a team of up to 2 designers and 1 model.
  • Payment is due, along with a headshot and bio, prior to or at bag pickup. Payments can be made via PayPal, Venmo, cash or check.
  • Designers are responsible for securing a model, but assistance is available upon request.
  • Design teams will receive a complimentary plus 1 but extra tickets will be 50% off.
  • Each design team must construct one woman’s outfit using items from the bag. Designers may supplement with their own materials, but at least 65% of the final outfit should come from the bag.
  • Designers are asked to submit a 90-120 second video documenting the making of the design (see example here), due October 23rd.
  • Final designs must be kept hidden until the night of the event – however – designers are encouraged to share sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes updates on social media prior to. Tag @dressforsuccessqc on FB & IG
  • The top 3 designs will showcased at next year’s event, and must be left with Dress for Success Quad Cities after the show unless prior arrangements have been made.
  • Designers who do not place in the top 3 are not required to donate their designs but it is much appreciated.