Anyone may enter the contest! To do so, an Entrant must submit a garment of their own creation--no store bought dresses or vintage pieces allowed. Entrants may use a commercial sewing pattern or create their own design from scratch. We welcome all of Kaua'i and the Neighbor Islands to participate! Entrants must attend the Mu'umu'u Pā'ina on January 28th at noon at Smith's Tropical Paradise, as this is where and when the Contest's Fashion Show takes place.
Entrants may enter any of these 3 categories:
1) Formal: Create a mu'umu'u in the style of a formal Holokū, Holomū or incorporate special details, fine fabric choices, and novel touches to create a mu'umu'u worthy of a classy event, runway show, or wedding.
2) Casual: Create a "Ready to Wear" mu'umu'u. Focus on fun, comfort, and a dress appropriate for an Aloha Friday. You can style it modern or vintage--have fun with this category! (The Casual category is now full.)
3) Avant Garde: Create something outside the box! Use unusual materials, silhouettes, and techniques to design a dress that redefines what a mu'umu'u can be.
We will have special Judges to choose our winners. They will be given a rubric with a point system to determine the winners. Points will be compiled based on Creativity, Craftsmanship, and Presentation.
Do you only want to design and don't know how to sew? An Entrant may work with a seamstress to collaborate and work together on an entry. If their garment wins a category, they will share the prize. If both designer and seamstress are attending the event, they will both have to purchase an entry fee ($40) to go this route.
Each Category will feature a 1st ($350), 2nd ($200) and 3rd ($100) place winner.
There will be Participation Swag Bags offered to each Entrant.
If Entrants are interested, we have a variety of Hawaiian print fabric available for free for designers to use in their garments.
Our contest will limit participation to 35 total Entrants. Register quick to reserve your spot in the contest!
Register online and submit payment for a $40 Entry Fee. This fee is a discounted rate for the Mu'umu'u Pā'ina event (normal price $125 on sale now at muumuupaina.eventbrite.com ) and will gain Entrant access to our event + box lunch!
Entrants may model their mu'umu'u themselves or provide their own model. Entrant is responsible for their own hair and make-up.
Entrants must register online by January7th.
Mu'umu'u Pā'ina luncheon tickets are one sale here muumuupaina.eventbrite.com
Zoom and in-person meeting to discuss Fashion Show: January15
Entrants finish sewing their mu’u!
Fashion Show at the Mu'umu'u Pā'ina: January 28th