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Fashion Revue

When: Judging is at the Vet's building on May 1, 2019

Show: All contestants are to arrive by 4:00 pm at Wizzard Cafe prior to the Fashion Revue Show starting at 5:00 pm on May 2, 2019

Eligibility:  All 4-H Members

How to Register:  Download and complete FASHION REVUE ENTRY FORM .

Deadline: April 19, 2019

Questions:   Email Judy McCord at judys1635@aol.com, Fashion Revue Committee Chair        

The purpose of San Benito County 4-H Fashion Revue is to:

  • Provide educational activities for youth who are learning and growing in citizenship, leadership and life skills.
  • Inspire appreciation of clothing, textiles, consumer science, and personal development.
  • Introduce opportunities to extend youth leadership and communication.
  • Promote self-esteem through individual expression.

Please review the frequently asked questions below.  These new rules will be in effect for 2019. 

Please check the State 4-H Fashion web site for more information on rules and entry forms.


  1. You must use a separate outfit for each entry. A member may only qualify to enter one outfit at SFR. To reduce confusion, counties are encouraged to adopt this policy: For example:  If you will be entering a vest in the Wearable art category, you may not enter it in another category. 
  2. To qualify to be a Medalist, your outfit must present a “total look”.  Examples of what is meant by a “total look” are:  Dress, jumper with a purchased blouse, full-length coat, two-piece ensemble, or a three-piece ensemble.
  3. Remember to accessorize your outfit with jewelry, flowers, a hat, or hair ribbons.  Example:  If you carry a book or flowers when modeling your outfit, you would be judged   as having successfully accessorized your outfit.
  4. A judging time will be assigned to you after April 4th (Registration deadline).  Missing your   assigned time by 15 minutes will be a disqualification.
  5. If you need to request a specific judging time, please make a prominent note on your registration form before you turn it in.  All requests will be reviewed entry by entry and assignments then will be made.
  6. Please style your hair so it is out of your face.  Style your hair with ribbons or barrettes. This will also count as having successfully accessorized your outfit.
  7. Remember to wear proper undergarments.  Examples of appropriate attire are:  panties, slip,  nylon hose, or bra.  An example of inappropriate attire is: a black bra under a white or see-through blouse. 
  8. Proper shoes are important to the “look” of a outfit.  An example of inappropriate footwear is:  wearing tennis shoes with a formal gown, and flip flops with a wool ensemble. 
  9. If you have changes that need to be made to your Commentary after you have turned it in,  PLEASE,  BRING 3 copies of your corrected Commentary the night of the judging.  All commentaries   are to be typed and no smaller than .18 points.  All pictures and commentaries are to be turned in 2 days before judging.  Failure to turn them in is a disqualification. 
  10. In addition to a registration form, please remember that you must also turn in a Commentary and a photo of you in your outfit for each entry for your entry to be valid.  Also, certain categories require even more items to be turned in.  YOU MUST check the detailed requirements for the   specific category you will be entering in.  If you cannot access that information on line at the State Fashion Revue web site, you may contact the 4-H office. Failure to turn in pictures with your commentaries is a disqualification.
  11. Failure to follow the judge’s instructions, like being asked to turn around, taking off your jacket, belt, and etc., is a disqualification.  Being disrespectful and very flippant to judge’s questions is a disqualification. These judges are giving up their precious time to judge our event!
The following categories will be modeled only and not judged

Please Remember the following categories will not be judged. They will only be modeled at Wizzard Cafe on May 2, 2019

  • Me Too:  This category is for clothing which was constructed by a 4-H clothing project member for another person and modeled by that person or a pet (live or stuffed) in the Fashion Show.  This can be a brother, sister, parent, grandparent, cousin who will be expected to model the ensemble. 
  • Extra Stitches This category is for 4-H Clothing Project members who have constructed garments in addition to the ones which are judged. No more than 2 items may be entered in this category. 
  • Creative T-Shirt:  All 4-H members may participate in this category.  Members are encouraged to be creative with fabrics, fabric paint, “puff” paints, bead work, appliqué, quilting, stitchery, etc.
  • Model’s Choice:  All 4-H members may participate in this category.  You or someone else can model the outfits.  Items such as sleepwear, ethnic costumes, and accessories are acceptable. These outfits may be purchased or sewn by the 4-H member.  Be creative. 
  • 4-Hers Choice:  Any 4-H member, in any project, that wants to model an outfit.
  • Any Cultural Outfit:  Any outfit themed to a different culture.
  • Project Displays: In conjunction with the 4-H Fashion Revue, all 4-H members are encouraged to participate by exhibiting other projects (such as posters, craft projects, cookies, cakes, etc.). NO live animals; no perishable food. These types of projects will not be judged. For these particular entries, please use a "Project Display" Entry Form. the number of displays that members are allowed to exhibit is limited to 4.
2019 Entry Categories


  • Consumer Science Purchased has a $40.00 limit, shoes and sales tax not included. Receipts for all items showing except shoes are required, with purchases made during the 2018-19 4-H year. 
  • Purchased category for Fiber Arts  and Sewing project members.  Accessorize your project (Scarf, Vest,  Hand bag, Tote bag,  or etc.) with a purchased or sewn outfit.  Remember that you are presenting a total look. This is for San Benito County members only and no county winner will be selected.
  • Make It Mine Challenge  Have you found an outfit on-line or in a magazine that you would love to copy for yourself? This category is perfect for you! Start with a picture of a new garment or outfit from a current magazine, catalog, store display, or website. List the retail price if you were to purchase the garment or outfit. Then get creative and copy it. Include the cost of your sewn garment/outfit. Use of a commercial or hand-drawn pattern is your choice (the original picture cannot be from the pattern envelope.) The garment must be made in the Clothing and Textiles project. The focus of this category is copying a new garment and making it fit you. The entry should only be modified for fit, type of fabric, or color/print of fabric, keeping it as close to the original as possible. Copying a vintage Lucille Ball dress, for example, would be in the Retro Challenge. 
  • Retro/Historical

    Create an outfit that is inspired by a vintage design using new fabric and notions. Vintage is 20-100 years old, so use an inspiration that is from 1900-2000. The entry must state the year or period of the design and include a drawing, photo, or description of the design that inspires your outfit. At least one garment must be handmade by the member. Other garments and accessories can be handmade or purchased but must be representational of the same era. There is no 4-H project requirement; any 4-H member may enter this category. 

    Ideas for sources of inspiration include but aren’t limited to: a sewing pattern that belonged to your parent, an outfit worn by your parent or grandparent in their youth, an iconic outfit worn by someone famous like Lucille Ball, Nancy Reagan, John Wayne, or James Dean, or use one of the new sewing patterns labeled Retro.

    Ideas by eras:

    • 20s Gangster style, flannel fabric, flapper dress (calf length straight shift), short, sleek hair, Mary Jane ankle strap shoe,
    • 30s double breasted suits, full trousers, halter tops, shoulder pads, nylon hosiery, cowl neckline,  more fitted dress defining the waist,
    • 40s single breasted jackets, cuff and pleat free pants – limited use of wool during WWII, Dior designed fitted jacket and full skirt,
    • 50s trim tailoring, leisure time madras prints, Hawaiian shirts, pink shirts, poodle skirts, petticoats, peter pan collared blouses, pencil slim skirts, Chanel’s collarless, boxy jacket and slim skirt, A line dress, pony tail hair style, seamless stockings
    • 60s hippie look and preppy styles, tight jeans, peasant look, bell bottoms, paisley shirts, mini skirts, tie-dye, go-go boots, ¾ length sleeves, Nehru jackets, tent dress, Empire line dress, bouffant beehives,
    • 70s hot pants, nylon, acrylic and polyester fabrics, floppy collars, platform shoes, jogging suits, leisure suits, disco/glam rock, mini/maxi length, empire style dress, ethnic peasant style, , friendship bracelets,  pant suits, tank tops, clogs, satin jackets and open shirts,
    • 80s big shoulder pads, bold colors, graphic patterns, leather and studded designer jeans, leg warmers, parachute pants, polo shirts, power suits with wide shoulders, tailored wool suit,  big hair, tights and panty hose,
    • 90s grunge, loose, baggy silhouette, prints, rips and washed out shades of beige, goth and cyber punk, long straight hair parted down the middle, power bead bracelets