Awardrobe Clothing Event

August 8, 2024

4-H members in grades 9-12 interested in showcasing apparel design and production knowledge share their understanding and use of design elements and principles within one of four classes. The member selects one of four categories in their chosen class. The four categories are athletic wear, formal wear, everyday wear, and costume. Participants will attend a workshop, a runway practice session, and conference judging.

Event Participation Guidelines

Photo of required materials.
  • Fashion Revue Class: Fashion Revue is for clothing project area members who will model an outfit of one to three pieces that they have constructed, hand-knitted, machine-knitted, or crocheted during the current 4-H year.
  • $20 Challenge Class: The $20 Challenge is for 4-H members to model an outfit purchased for $20 or less from resale venues such as garage sales, consignment, or thrift stores, etc., that represents an intended use for the selected outfit. The participant should have had individual or group experiences: choosing shopping alternatives; evaluating fit, quality, and construction features; and comparing prices. A receipt is required.
  • Clothing Selection Class: Clothing selection is for selected or purchased outfits that represent the 4-H member’s goal or intended use based on individual or group experiences: choosing shopping alternatives; evaluating fit, quality, and construction features; and comparing prices.
  • Innovative Design Class: The innovative design class encourages creativity and out-of-the-box thinking when creating an outfit. These designs can be theatrical costumes, cosplay, wearable technology, sustainable/upcycled fashion, and/or outfits that use unconventional materials. The garment(s) may be modeled by the exhibitor or the individual it was designed for.


Please visit the official state fair rules book for all details. Awards include:

  • Participation awards for all exhibitors.
  • Top five awards for each class.
  • Fashion Revue cash awards sponsored by Central Iowa Chapter, American Sewing Guild.
  • Style Award sponsored by DMACC Fashion Institute.

One inspiring participant selected as one of the top five in the Innovative Design Class who has expressed an interest in furthering their education in the area of fashion design, fashion merchandising, or interior design will be awarded a $250 scholarship to Des Moines Area Community College’s Fashion Institute.

One Awardrobe participant who has expressed an interest in furthering their education in textiles and clothing, hospitality management, or consumer sciences will be awarded a $500 scholarship to the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences’ Department of Apparel, Educational Studies, and Hospitality Management.

Awardrobe Clothing Event Youth Checklist

  1.  Review the Awardrobe Clothing Event rules in the fair book. Please take note of these rules FAQs.
    1. 4-H members can represent their county at the state fair event in only one class per year. Counties will determine with their judges which entries will be selected for the state fair.
    2. Exhibits may not be used in the same year in both the Awardrobe Clothing Event and as a State Fair static exhibit.
    3. Each class has the following entry limits per county: Four participants total with no more than two(2) participants with an entry in any given category (athletic wear, formal wear, everyday wear, costume).

2. Review the orientation video to prepare your report form.
3. Review the Awardrobe Exhibitor Letter.
4. Fill out the 4H 3813 4-H Senior Clothing Event Report Form. You may use the 4H 3814 Awardrobe Judges Comment Form to become familiar with the judging criteria. Visit our forms webpage for more information on using 4-H forms and documents.
5. Submit the form, your $20 challenge receipts, and one to three photos to your county 4-H staff before the deadline they provided you.

Awardrobe Event Schedule

Each group will rotate through a runway practice session, a workshop, and a conference judging experience.

8AM to 10:30AM Group 1 (return at 4:30PM for 5:30-6:30 Runway Show)

Counties included: Audubon, Boone, Carroll, Crawford, Dallas, Greene, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hardin, Humboldt, Jasper, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Shelby, Story, Warren, Webster, and Wright.

10AM to 12:30PM Group 2 (return at 4:30PM for 5:30-6:30 Runway Show)

Counties included: Adair, Adams, Appanoose, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Calhoun, Cass, Cherokee, Clarke, Davis, Decatur, Grundy, Ida, Iowa, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Linn, Lucas, Monroe, Pocahontas, Ringgold, Sac, Tama, Taylor, Union, Van Buren, Wapello, Washington, and Wayne.

1PM to 4:30PM Group 3 (stay at 4:30PM for 5:30-6:30 Runway Show)

Counties included: Allamakee, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clay, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Des Moines, Dickinson, Dubuque, East Pottawattamie, Emmet, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Fremont, Hancock, Harrison, Henry, Howard, Jackson, Kossuth, Lee, Louisa, Lyon, Mills, Mitchell, Monona, Montgomery, Muscatine, O’Brien, Osceola, Page, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Scott, Sioux, West Pottawattamie, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, and Worth.