Dear ASDP Board

2023 Student Challenge

Casual Couture: Transforming Fashion at Every Level

This year's challenge is to create a garment that can change from one level of dress to another. This garment can either level up OR level down.

There is no need for complex changes; we would like to see these changes happen on the runway during the fashion show.

Take a close look at the 5 levels of dress shown on this year’s poster.

  • Gym/running gear
  • Hiking and high-end sportswear
  • Street-wear
  • Office-Professional
  • Evening wear/Bridal


  • Fabrics may be either new or taken from recycled or upcycled garments.
  • The items that make up your entry must be sewn together, with all visible seams properly finished (no frayed edges unless an intended part of the design).
  • No glue is allowed for construction purposes; you may use unconventional methods for joining pieces in your design as long as the transformation is repeatable. This is a sewing and design challenge.
  • Your entry must have been made in the current year.
  • The minimum age requirement to enter is 16, and entrants must be able to verify student status.
  • Submissions must be received by 10:00 p.m. EST, September 30, 2023. Deadlined extended to 10/9!
  • $10.00 for each entry must be submitted with the online submission form. Limit of three entries per participant.

Challenge Terms and Submission Requirements

Submission Requirements:


      • 2 full-view photographs of the garment - front and back (required).
      • 2 full-view photographs of the garment after transformation - front and back (required).
      • 4 detail photographs -transformation process, construction details, technique photos, etc.
      • Please photograph your entry on a dress form or person. If you use a person, please crop out the face even if you are not the model - no faces are allowed! This is a blind judging.

Artist’s Statement:

  • Introduction: In 50 to 100 words, tell us about your concept for your design.
  • About the Garment: In 100 words or less, describe the garment’s design and any notable information about the pattern work, color choice, and fabric used.
  • Short descriptions of the garment’s features. Be concise, but also specific.
  • Runway Commentary: Write your own fashion show commentary in 100 to 150 words. Should your entry make it to the finals, this will be needed.

If you are selected as a finalist and your garment is being shown in the fashion show, garments are due by 10 a.m. Friday morning, October 20, at the ASDP office at the conference.

2885 Sanford Ave SW #19588, Grandville, MI 49418 ~ Toll-Free (877) 755-0303 

Terms of Use & Privacy Policy | Sitemap | Advertisers | © 2023 Association of Sewing and Design Professionals

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software