General Masquerade Information
Archon's "MC for Life" Victor Milán
will once again return to the Archon stage!
The Masquerade Registration Desk will be open from the start of the convention up
until noon on Saturday. If you would like to compete in the Masquerade please
stop by the Registration Desk to pick up a registration form or
register here online. Masquerade staff will be on hand to answer any
questions you may have.
Our contestants for the Masquerade are judged by two separate panels of judges.
The first set, the workmanship judges, look at the contestants' skill in design
and construction. The second set sit out in front of the stage and look at the overall
effect of the costume and how it is presented. For more details on this, see the
section on Judging.
Archon uses the four class division system of competition that is standard at WorldCon
and CostumeCon. Costumers compete as Junior, Novice, Journeyman, or Master class
entries, which prevents those with less experience from going head to head with
those with more. For a more detailed explanation of the divisions, see
Divisions. Costumers can also choose to enter as an Exhibition, which are
not judged. Exhibition entries must still follow the same rules as the other contestants,
with a few exceptions. For more information on this, see
Winners of the Archon Masquerade go home with custom ribbons and some serious bragging
rights. The Best in Show winner(s) will also receive a free membership to the next
Archon. Winners' photos are posted on this website (with their permission, of course).
For photos of previous year's winners, see Winners
The Archon Masquerade will be held in the Gateway Center main hall.
For more information on our stage and backstage areas of
the masquerade, see Stage & Facilities
Making our contestants look their very best on stage is the goal of our tech crew.
With the help of Alobars,Inc.,
our audio/visual experts, we offer a range of colors and moods from our overhead
stage lights. Contestants are encouraged to bring a piece of music to play during
their presentations; our custom designed computer sound system can handle tapes,
CDs, MP3, or WAV files. For more details on lights and sound, along with tips from
our tech crew, see Lights and Sound.