Doll Contest & Exhibit


Humans aren’t the only ones who can compete at Costume-Con!

You may submit any type of doll, be it humanoid, alien or costumed creature. A purchased figure such as a Barbie, BJD, Breyer horse, or a personally crafted figurine may be entered. Emphasis in the judging of dolls will be placed on the costuming of the doll or creature, including the scale and fit. Judges will have final control over all categories and awards given. All non-perishable materials are allowed.

By submitting your entry, you are giving Costume-Con 35 (and its designated representatives) permission to photograph and/or videotape your entry for purposes of archiving and sale as part of post-convention packages. Your entries may also be photographed and/or videotaped for personal enjoyment only by members of Costume-Con 35.

A membership to Costume-Con 35 is required to participate in the Doll Competition and all our doll events.

Entrants are encouraged to print out some background information on their piece and to include documentation if called for (historical & re-creations especially.)

Examples of things you may want to include are: What do you want the judges to know about your doll?  What was the inspiration? What is the back story? How did you do it?  Perhaps you would like to point out any specific materials or techniques you feature, for example, Beading, smocking, painting, embroidery, sculpting, etc.

Awards will be given in the categories listed below:

Heroes and Villains

  1. Best Costumed purchased Doll
  2. Best Costumed handmade Doll


  1. Best Costumed purchased Doll
  2. Best Costumed handmade Doll


This category is for Best Costumed purchased OR handmade Doll that does not fit into the categories outlined above. There will be ONE award in this category.

There will be a BEST IN SHOW award.

Dolls can be entered on Friday April 21st in the South Studio #2 Room.



Gene is a collectable fashion doll inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood. Created by Mel Odom, she debuted in 1995 and was one of the first large fashion dolls targeted toward adult collectors.

The Gene line displayed in the exhibit is by Ashton-Drake, made from 1995 to the early 2000s.

The Fashions for Gene exemplify the wardrobe of a Hollywood film star; glamorous film costumes, lingerie, day and evening wear of the mid 20th century.

Gene is one of the first of the storyline style fashion dolls. Each costume documents Gene’s life from her discovery to her whirlwind rise to Hollywood stardom and fame! Her story is legend.

Ball Jointed Doll Exhibit featuring Doll North

A ball-jointed doll is any doll that is articulated with ball and socket joints. In contemporary usage when referring to modern dolls, and particularly when using the acronyms BJD or ABJD, it usually refers to modern Asian ball-jointed dolls. These are sculpted by artists and cast in polyurethane synthetic resin. They are predominantly produced in Japan, South Korea and China. The BJD style has been described as both realistic and influenced by Anime.

On Display is a variety of photo lit interactive backdrops from Doll North where you may pose dolls of various sizes for photo ops.

Costume-Con 35 will also premiere an exclusive background display for doll photos created by our Doll Exhibit team for the event.

MAPLELEA “The Canadian Girl Exhibit”

You have probably heard of the American Girl Doll, but have you heard of our own Canadian Girl Doll made by Maplelea Canada?

This exhibit celebrates the diversity of Canadian girls. They will be costumed in outfits that reflect some of their Indigenous and Immigrant heritages.


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