Feeling Ambitious… Dress to compete in the Best Dressed Contest!
For those not content on gathering just one or two admirers, set your sights high because you may be selected to participate as one of the coveted Best Dressed Contest contestants!
Several guest judges will be monitoring the crowd throughout the morning and passing out unique tickets to indicate the category for which the dandy or quaintrelle has been nominated: Best Dressed (Male, Female, Couple) or the Best Chapeau (hat) or Accessory. At 2:00 p.m. the selected participants will gather for pre-judging. Then, at 230pm, University Row will hold a live contest for the finalists nominated in each category. Be sure to bring your friends to this finale, located in the buffet tent, since crowd input is a top factor for the people’s choice award. Your applause, cheers and whistles are encouraged, as crowd reaction is a part of the judges’ tallying.
Best Dressed Contest contestants will be eligible for a variety of prizes, donated by our generous sponsors!
Happy planning! And, of course, we look forward to checking you out at Gold Cup!
Our Guest Judges this year are commissioners from the DC Commission on Fashion, the Arts, and Events.
Commissioner Jefferies is an award-winning luxury womenswear designer and owner of ESPION Atelier, with a diverse creative background in design, branding, partnerships, entrepreneurship, economic development and expert public speaking.
Commissioner Jason Anthony is a DC native from Ward 7. Jason has worked as a media producer, in television and radio for the last 10 years. While developing projects in fashion and stage events, Jason has become a branding and engagement expert. This while working actively with brands such as Prada and Rolls Royce motor cars. Mr. Anthony hopes to organize initiatives that will grow the fashion and beauty retail sector of the city’s commercial economy. When not in service to his Commission and the Mayor’s office, Jason can be found volunteering and feeding the homeless at the Georgetown ministries center.
Commissioner Andrews is a fashion model, former Capitol Hill staffer, and entrepreneur. He provides strategic council on communications, policy, and partnerships; helping entrepreneurs in the creative economy navigate local, state and federal government. Working at the intersection of entertainment and policy, he engages and advises thousands of entrepreneurs through casting for ABC’s Shark Tank.
The Commission on Fashion Arts and Events was established to promote and support Washington, DC as an emerging market for the fashion and beauty industries. The commission is led by eight Commissioners appointed by the Mayor. Our vision is to develop a brain trust of fashion and beauty leaders who can support the development of the creative economy and position Washington, DC as a competitive market. We do this through events, education, retail development, and partnerships.