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Bustle Dress Contest Official Rules

Costume Contest Entry Form
This is a contest to find the Ladies Most Beautiful Bustle Dress in the World, with different categories to choose from. Men entrants can enter the "Other" Freestyle or Wildcard category, but any entrants other than mannequins (regardless of sex) must be wearing a bustle gown in all categories, and be at least 18 years of age. Gowns that have been entered last year cannot reenter this year's costume competition. Couples or groups must be wearing Victorian attire, and entrant must be wearing bustle gown although the others are not required to wear bustle gowns.
2010 Most Beautiful Bustle Dress,(Ladies Most Beautiful or extravagant Bustle Dresses)
2010 Best Victorian Ball Gown (Ladies Victorian Ball Gowns only.)
2010 Best Victorian Day Bustle Gown (Ladies Fabulous Bustle Dress Day Gowns only.)
2010 Best ALTERNATE Steampunk Neo Victorian or Gothic BUSTLE DRESS (Ladies Alternative Steampunk, Neo Victorian or Gothic Bustle Gown styles, tastefully portrayed.)
2010 Best OTHER FREESTYLE BUSTLE DRESS (All entrants must wear bustle Dress, regardless of sex). Humorous entries, groups, couples, etc. are invited to enter contest.)
1. Contest Dates:
This contest giveaway begins May 15th 2010, and all Entries must be received by the entry deadline: July 15th, 2010. Contest ends: August 15th, 2010. Void where prohibited.
2. Contest Sponsors:
For the purpose of this contest, "Sponsors" are defined as members, and/or affiliates/ partners of Bustledress.com.
3. Prizes:
No purchase necessary to enter to win.

One (1) lucky Bustledress.com Grand Prize winner of The 2010 WORLD's Most Beautiful Bustle Dress costume will win:

Magnificent Silk Underbust Corset (choice of duponi silk color) with steel boning, steel busc, plus cotton lace edging trim, cotton coutil lining. Additional trimmings and flossing embroidery are available for purchase but not included in prize. Value: $295.

1st place entry Winner will win:

A beautiful RED Belgium Lace Parasol, with matching tape lace fan plus a $200. Gift Certificate toward having a custom Victorian style gown custom made by Christine Hall. (Not valid for Ebay purchases.) Value: $250.

2nd Place entry Winner:

Late 1880's Victorian style tall "Perch" Hat by Madame's Mercantile. Tapestry fabric and trims. Handmade and perches upon the head, one size fit all. Base structure of sturdy theatrical buckram. Value: $75.

Day Gown 1st Place entry Winner:

Valuable $200. Certificate toward having a custom Victorian gown made (Price $450. and up.) by Alethea Sayers. (Not valid for eBay purchases.) Value: $200.

2nd Place entry Winner:

A valuable $25. Prize Certicate. These are some of the loveliest Victorian style wigs and other goodies to be had! Winning Prize to be used towards purchase at this website, not on eBay auctions. Value: $25.

Ball Gown 1st Place winner: Embroidered Cape Kit with Truly Victorian pattern, with Cameo Necklace/ Earrings set, by Claudette Donat. Claudette has a brand new cape making kit with a gray silk colorful hummingbird embroidered cape cut out (ready for your personalized completetion. A Truly Victorian cape pattern (to tell you how to complete your cape) and a lovely cameo style Victorian lady Topaz crystal rhinestone necklace with matching earrings. Value: $160.

2nd Place winner: Small Bustle Cage Pannier Custom made for you by Rhonda Griffen. A small bustle cage made in muslin, with four tiers of eyelet ruffling cover 4 hoop steel bones that shape the cage bustle pannier. This is the shorter version of the lobster cage bustle that adds the astonishing lovely shaping to the bustle dresses and gowns that feature trains. This bustle is made in any size from a 22 waist to a 52 waist. A must have for all bustle gown wearers! Prize to be completed within 2 months. Value: $60.00

Best "Alternative" Victorian Gown (Gothic/ Neo Victorian/ Steampunk) Category First place Winner: Victorian style, Neo Victorian/ Gothic/ Steampunk spats handmade by Sidney Eileen. Handsome spats with Canvas uppers. Style won may be different handmade style than shown, possibly ties, corset style, straps, etc., but still, uniquely wonderful and useful. Value: $100.

2nd place Winner: A valuable $25. Prize Certicate.

You can be entered within two categories. Prizes are not transferable.

4. How to Enter contest:
Enter online with our Costume Contest Entry Form
. No Purchase Necessary. Only one contest entry per person, per day. 2 Photos of gown compressed 300DPI across in size, any length tall, with 1 or 2 small inspiration fashion plates, etc. All winners must be 18 years of age or older (with valid I.D.). Any photographer or model's credits must be given, and please make sure you have any photographer's express permission to use their photos! Must be USA resident with shipping address located within the Continental States. International Entries Rules and Guidelines below.
International Guidelines:
Guidelines and Rules are to be followed the same as in the USA entries, EXCEPT International (or overseas) Prizes are to be responsible for any/all prize gift shipping charges, customs taxes (or levies) and/ or administrator fees from their country. No substitutions for prizes. Any country that prohibits the types of prizes offered to be sent to their country is prohibited, such as Italy. (Please check the USPS site to see if your country allows the prize to shipped there before entering.) In the case of any one offered prize becomes unavailable/ exhausted, destroyed by Act of God, etc., Lisa Schnapp will make a substitution in such a case to her discretion.
5. Enter contest by e-mail to: lisa@bustledress.com making sure to add:
a.) Photo:

Bustledress.com wants to see one or two (front and/or back) fabulous photo(s) of you, your model or your Victorian bustle dress (or gown) or, on a mannequin, wearing your most magnificent Victorian bustle dress costume America has ever seen. Show us what makes you special! In the "Other" Freestyle (or Wildcard) category, anyone entering (regardless of sex) must be wearing a bustle gown. Anyone not the entrant in a photo (such as a couple or group) need to be wearing Victorian attire, but not necessarily a bustle gown.

One single contest entry allowed of each separate Victorian Bustle Gown costume entered per person, per day.

Entry photo must be a .jpg format (no .tiffs, .gifs or other photographic types) and must be compressed, 300DPI across, so the photo is not a huge size, but not too small either. Photo should be no more than 300 Pixels across in width (or smaller) and no more actual size than 300K each (maximum size, in compressed form). Any extra large photos sent to Bustledress will be disqualified, so please keep the photos within the guidelines. Teens and children under 18 are not eligible to enter this contest. If at the end of the contest, any category has 1 entry or less, than that prize for that category will not be awarded, and the prize retained by the prize sponser.

b.) Write your original paragraph to Bustledress.com in 50 words (or less):

Besides your photo wearing Victorian garb, please add to your Photo entry, an original paragraph (50 words or less) on what types of events you enjoy wearing Victorian costume to.

If you know the name of the seamstress or the business who made the Victorian Costume (no authentic orginal Victorian gowns) you are entering (or if you made your Victorian dress yourself) please add the dressmaker's name (if desired) and we will properly give credit due the dressmaker whenever possible. Also, if there are any photographer's credits to be given, we will gladly do so. (Please note that by entering the contest, you are giving Bustledress.com full permission to use your entered content, the original photos/ and original, written paragraph (no full names or email addresses will be listed for your privacy) for purposes relating to/ about/ for the contest, Bustledress.com web page/ promotion/ publicity, and/or future Bustledress.com contests/ promotions/ giveaways. Models will be required to fill out a model release if you are the winner.

c.) State category you wish to enter, and/or prize you would like to win. (If this is not clearly stated, we will choose a category for you that is deemed by Lisa Schnapp to be appropriate for your costume entry. Lisa Schnapp is not held responsible if your entry is not placed in a category that you wish to be placed in or, win a prize from that category.)

d.) Your information:

Please also submit your name by using the contest entry form provided on the contest page. Submit:

Your name (first/ last name)
Age (must be over 18 with I.D)
Telephone number with area code
Current shipping address
Your e-mail address

Computer entries must be received not later than midnight, Pacific Daylight Time, on August 15th, 2010, the final day of the contest. Computer entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. An "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

6. One single contest entry per person per day. Each entry must be transmitted separately. No multiple transmissions of entries permitted. Sponsors, subsidiaries and affiliates are not responsible for (i) late, lost, forged, mass-transmitted (or mass-reproduced) misdirected, incomplete, mutilated, or illegible entries, and such entries that are void; Included are (and/or) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet or computer malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (additionally) any errors, or failures in reception or transmission; (and/or) any condition caused by events beyond the control of the Sponsors which may cause the Contest to be disrupted, or corrupted.

7. Judging:

USA General public voting:

The general public (located in the USA) can cast votes by sending in their votes by sending an email to the email address supplied. Votes are for eligible contest entrants in different categories. People sending in votes can send in 1 vote per person, per email address, per day. No additional votes are allowed. This public voting will account for 50 percent of the votes until the finals.


Each judge has vast experience in the Victorian Costume field and will narrow down finalists for the winners.

Contest winners in different categories will be judged by different factors (including:)

Overall attractiveness of the Bustle Gown Costume entered being judged.
Bustle Gown Costume originality and personality
Bustle Dress attractiveness of colors/ trims used
Authenticity (If your gown was made after a Fashion plate, or original gown, small scans or photos of that original (300 Pixels across or, compressed to 300K in size or under) are admissible also to enter.

Odds of winning contest depend on the number of eligible entries received. Judges' and Sponsors' decisions are final, right or wrong. In particular, Sponsors reserve the right to cancel or modify the Contest if Sponsors determine, in their sole discretion, that fraud or technical failures, including viruses, bugs, non-authorized human intervention (or other causes beyond the control of Sponsors) have in any way impaired the integrity of the Contest. Sponsors reserve the right to change these Official Rules.

8. Notification of Winners:

The winners will be notified by telephone and/or by e-mail. An Affidavit of Eligibility/ Waiver of Liability and (where legal) a Publicity Release must be signed, and returned prior to receipt of prize. Contest sponsors are not responsible for (and shall not be liable for) late, lost, misdirected, or, unsuccessful efforts to notify a qualified winner. Sponsors will tender prize to winner(s) within 5 days from date of winner's claim of prize and/ completion of all requirements set forth in these Official Rules. Any prize undeliverable within 5 days from the drawing will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner or runner-up, or if a winner is in some way disqualified. Winner is liable for any shipping, handling and insurance fees. All entries become the property of the Sponsors, and will not be returned.

9. Prize Restrictions:

As stated herein, no substitution, cash equivalent or transfer of prize permitted (except at Sponsors' option) is allowed. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute any prize with prize of equal (or greater) value. Federal, state and local taxes, (if any, and all/ other expenses (specified whenever possible) are the sole responsibility of winner. Sponsors will report the prize award on tax reports to the extent required by law (generally, prizes valued at $600 or more must be reported by Sponsors).

10. Additional Terms:

By the privilege of participating, entrants agree (a) to abide by and be bound by the Official Rules; (b) where legal, to the use of their names, likenesses and/or statements by the Sponsors for advertising and publicity purposes without separate compensation; and (c) to release, discharge and hold harmless the Sponsors, their parent companies and/or subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and their respective parts, officers/ directors/ employees/ prize suppliers and agents from any/ all claims, including third party claims, liabilities, injuries or damages arising out of their participation in the contest and the acceptance and use/misuse of prizes, including, but not limited to, merchandise. All federal, state and local laws apply.

11. Eligibility:

Contest is open to legal residents of the continental U.S. ; must be 18 years or older, and International countries (with the exception of countries that do not allow for the import of fabrics, jewelry, etc.) also International entrants must be 18 years and older. Please check with USPS to see if you country qualifies before entering contest.). Employees of the Sponsors, their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, prize suppliers and the immediate families (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and persons living in the same household of each of the above are ineligible for this contest giveaway. However, if a purchaser of a dress originating from a Bustledress.com seamstress is entered (purchased previously before contest or seller's business before being on Bustledress.com) the person/ dress will be allowed to be be considered in the contest, but the name of that dressmaker will not added to the entry so as to give the voting process unbiased fairness. Void where prohibited.

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