ArdaCon Endless Summer Masquerade Info

Enter into the category that fits you best!

  • Novice - You’ve only been making costumes for a couple years or less and haven’t won a craftsmanship award before.

  • Journeyman - You’ve been making costumes for a few years or have won a couple awards previously.

  • Master - You’ve been making costumes for many years or have won numerous awards.


  • You must have made at least 75% of the costume yourself.
  • Entries must include a reference photo of the character, at least 3 progress photos, and a finished costume photo.
  • Wearing the costume for the finished photo isn’t required, but we encourage mirror selfies!
  • Costume must have been completed in 2020 or the latter half of 2019 and have not already received an award, as we are looking for entrants with newly-made costumes who have been negatively affected by the epidemic and event cancellation.
  • Entrants must include a write-up about their costume.
  • Awards include Best in Show and best of each category. Additional awards are up to Arda’s discretion based on the number of applicants.
  • To encourage social distancing, we will not be accepting group entries.
  • Each category will cap at 50 entries. Feel free to denote the categories you'd like to be considered for. You may request submission to more than one category. (i.e. Journeyman and Arda Style, or Master and Lumin's Foamsmith. You may not request consideration for more than one of the following categories: Novice, Journeyman, or Master.)

Prize breakdown will be as follows:

  • Judge's Choice - 3 prizes @ $15 ea gift certificates

  • Novice 1st, 2nd, 3rd place - $40, $30, $20 gift certificates

  • Journeyman 1st, 2nd, 3rd place - $50, $40, $30 gift certificates

  • Master 1st, 2nd, 3rd place - $60, $50, $40 gift certificates

  • Best in Show - $150 gift certificate

  • Arda Style- styling-based, must use Arda wig to be eligible - $75 gift certificate

  • Lumin's Foamsmith - must incorporate at least 35% Lumin's foam into costume - $75 gift certificate

  • Best in Drag - drag cosplayers are still eligible to enter any other category, but this is an award to showcase one special drag ensemble that really makes us scream. Kings AND Queens invited - $75 gift certificate 

Entrants do not need to have purchased an Arda wig (or any wig) for any placement other than the Arda Style category. Permanent and current seasonal Arda Wigs sponsors are ineligible to compete in the Arda Wigs masquerade.

We're excited to introduce our craftsmanship judges for the ArdaCon Masquerade!


GSTQ Fashions

Catherine Jones is the owner of GSTQ Fashions, a costume shop based out of Atlanta, GA. Her shop works primarily with the tv, film, and video game industry. You may have seen GSTQ's work on The Gifted, Black Lightning, Rampage, Doom Patrol, Den of Thieves, Lodge 49, and Venom. Catherine's shop has also done work for the video game industry, including companies such as SMITE, Microsoft, and CAPCOM.


LuckyGrim has over 20 years of experience in the costuming world. A professional makeup artist and seamstress, she has worked on multiple films, television shows, and stage events. As a cosplayer, she has won multiple masters and best in show awards across the East Coast. She has judged multiple masquerades, hosted a number of panels, and is regularly a featured guest.
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Arda Wigs representatives:


Crystina is the founder of Arda Wigs and has been sewing for over 20 years. She has personal experience in reconstructing historical clothing and styles, and loves a good, pressed flat-felled seam on a button-down cotton shirt. She has a BA for jewelry and metalsmithing (as well as second one in English), if that sort of thing matters. Probably not for the English one, amirite?


Amara is the co-founder of Arda and does a little bit of everything from conventions to creative directing. She has degrees in history and art history, and originally wanted to be a Classicist but ended up deciding that weaponizing history as a discipline against the ongoing threat of fascism was more urgent and ultimately specialized in the intersection of Heideggerian philosophy and the Nazi death cult as expressed through propaganda filmmaking, because that's super useful and simple to explain. She loves to dress up, lives to travel, and prefers to do both at the same time.


Malinda is the house stylist and marketing lead at Arda Wigs. You might be familiar with the numerous tutorials she creates for the Arda Youtube channel or the costume progress she shares under her social media handle, Malindachan. Malinda started making costumes in 2004 and has traveled internationally as a cosplay craftsmanship judge.

Prize Sponsors:

Rit Dye

Rit Dye will be providing Rit Dyemore prize packs! Rit Dyemore is dye specially made for synthetic fabrics like polyester, acrylic, acetate, plus blends that contain those fibers. And like our original formula, DyeMore is non-toxic and perfect for use in the home.

WARNING: You may purchase a higher quantity than what we currently have in stock, but by placing this OUT OF STOCK item in your cart, you are agreeing to place your ENTIRE ORDER on BACKORDER! This means your order will not ship until it can be completely fulfilled by the backordered item(s). Orders cannot be split after they are placed. If you need available items sooner, please purchase them on a separate transaction. Please visit our Backorder Policies page and Restock page for details.