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Unread 04-12-2013, 02:04 PM   #3
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Honestly, accuracy is only a small part of judging, so it's not as big a deal as you might think. Yes, it's important to make sure the costume is accurate to the design if it's a recreation, but often people doing recreations don't even bring in reference so I have no way of knowing how accurate it is if it's not something I'm familiar with. It's impossible for all judges to be intimately familiar with every anime/game/comic/movie/whatever.

The way I judge an original design is pretty much the same way I judge a recreation costume:
- neatness and quality of construction
- good fit on the body
- good design. Do all the parts work together visually or is it a mess? For original designs there's more control, but even on recreations there's choices of material, colour choices, trim choices etc. that can make or break an outfit.
- interesting/innovative use of materials
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