Join us for Modest Fashion Guild’s first-ever apparel design contest!

Do you have a clothing design idea you can’t get off  your mind? Thinking it would make a great business?  This is an opportunity for you!  Modest Fashion Guild is hosting a design contest–“Design & Launch”– and will award $300 of business startup funds to a contestant who demonstrates excellence in design paired with a solid business idea.

If you’re not ready for the business startup stage, but are working on a garment design, we have a track of the contest just for you, called “Create.”

Check out the details below.  We can’t wait to see your creativity!



The design contest opens for submissions at noon on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (CST) and closes at midnight on Friday, November 3, 2017 (CST).



There is no cost to submit.  Contestants must submit the following via email to

Portfolio of 1-4 garment designs:  You must include at least one photo of a finished garment (prototype) on a dress form or model. Supplementary sketches are welcome. Written descriptions must accompany images – include details such as fabric type, garment construction, your inspiration, and any unique or important design details.

One-page explanation of your business idea*:  Describe your vision and story, your next steps, and your timeline. Let us know what sets your business apart and how you will go about making and selling garments.

*Design & Launch Track only.

One-paragraph statement of how you will use the prize money:  “Design & Launch”–Tell us how this money would help you launch your business and the specifics of how you plan to spend it. “Create”–Tell us how the prize money would help you further your education in apparel design, sewing, or business.

Include the documents as attachments in a single email or enclose them in a Google Drive folder. Use the subject line: “Design & Launch Contest” or “Create Contest”, depending on your chosen track. Provide your name and contact information in the email, but do NOT include identifying information on the documents you submit. 



The Modest Fashion Guild board and guest judges will choose one winner from each track based on the following considerations. We hope to provide some written feedback to all contestants.

Quality of Design: Is the garment tasteful, aesthetically-pleasing, of sturdy construction, and suitable for its purpose? 

Originality of Idea: Is the apparel, garment construction, and/or business idea unique?  Are they innovative and creative?

Viability of Business*: Is the business idea reasonable, practical, wise, sound?

Clarity of Presentation:  Are the descriptions, sketches, photos, instructions, and plans understandable? Do they display that sufficient thought has gone into the submission and ideas?

Modesty:  Does the garment reflect the fruits of God’s Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? Is it beautiful in a pure and humble way–not over-the-top, revealing, or ostentatious?

*Design & Launch Track only.



The “Design and Launch” contestant whom the judges determine best demonstrates excellence in design and business will receive $300 to spend on her business.  The winning “Create” contestant will receive $50 to spend on educational materials or courses relating to design, sewing, or business. There will be one winner for each track.  The winners will be announced on Friday, November 17, 2017.

The winners must commit to using the prize money for business* or education^ within one year.

*Design & Launch Track

^Create Track


Eligibility & Rules

Any type of garment may be submitted, and any individual/group/team may submit their own original design. 

Read the official rules here.