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When I was a little girl, I was always designing clothing. Cutting the sleeves off my mom’s Leather Versace Dress because I thought it looked better sleeveless and then hiding the evidence.  Wearing my turtlenecks as a skirt, the sleeves acting as a belt around my waist. There are documented photos of  these attempts to innocently create something, and I remember thinking it was a good idea at the time. We all have our own idea of clothes, fashion, and designing. In the spirit of that designer inside all of us, ModCloth  has announced the Make The Cut Program.

ModCloth Make The Cut Contest: ‘Prints Charming’
 The ModCloth Make The Cut program is a recurring design contest that invites the ModCloth Community to design garments, graphics, or fabric prints. Its main purpose is to further their mission of democratizing fashion by producing clothing designed by community members. YOU can become a designer at ModCloth!

How does the contest work?
Entrants will design a new print for a private label dress silhouette that is already being produced! Contestants have two weeks to submit designs. After the submission period, the ModCloth Creative Team will narrow down the submissions to 20, which will be sent to the guest judge, Amanda Needham, the Costume Designer for Portlandia. After Amanda has chosen the 10 finalists, they will be posted on the Be The Buyer page for voting. There will be a week for the Community to vote, then ModCloth will contact the winner and update the contest announcement with the big news!

• Contest is Live Now
• End of Submission Period: Friday 02/14/14
• Launch voting on Be The Buyer: Monday 03/03/14
• End voting on Be The Buyer: Monday 03/10/14
• Winner announced on ModCloth Blog (winner will be contacted personally): Wednesday 3/12/14

Send your entry in now and good luck to all those inspired designers out there!!! Me, these days, when I think back to that Versace dress, a little part of me dies. How could I not have known then that you do not, I repeat do not take scissor to vintage Versace. Now I know great fashion starts with construction, not deconstruction.

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