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By Earl Dittman     Sep 19, 2014 in Entertainment
If you dare, channel your inner costume designer to create a unique look for this season of 'American Horror Story: Freak Show.' Join the troupe of curiosities and — by your own design — become a part of the freakiest contest under the big top.
To celebrate the much-anticipated fourth season of American Horror Story, subtitled Freak Show (premiering October 8), FX Networks is sponsoring an American Horror Story: Freak Show Costume Design Contest (details below). For those too squeamish to have yet to tune in, the highly-rated, multi-Emmy nominated American Horror Story is a horror television series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a disparate set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own beginning, middle, and end.
Following the success of Season Three, American Horror Story: Coven (which scored acting Emmys for stars Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates), American Horror Story: Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.
The cast of  American Horror Story: Freak Show
The cast of 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'
With Freak Show, Jessica Lange returns for her fourth season on American Horror Story (the Emmy-winner previously endured life in the installments Murder House, Asylum and Coven), portraying a German expatriate who runs the traveling freak show. AHS veterans Sarah Paulson, Francis Conroy and Evan Peters are back, as are Coven alums Emma Roberts, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Gabourey Sidibe. Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Jyoti Amge, Patti LaBelle and Matt Bomer will be making their American Horror Story debuts in Freak Show.
WHAT: FX is launching a costume design competition. The contest invites participants with an eye for the unusual to design an original costume inspired by the series. Contestants will submit their American Horror Story sketches along with a description of their design inspirations, which will be judged by the show’s head costume designer Lou Eyrich, Fashion Designer Christian Siriano, and President of Marketing and On-air Promotions for FX, Stephanie Gibbons.
The Grand Prize winner will be awarded a $5,000.00 cash prize and the garment will be created and worn by a model in a one-of-a-kind photo shoot. The winner will also meet and greet with costume designer Lou Eyrich. The selected winning garment will be displayed on the American Horror Story website and shared on social media platforms. Additionally, a runner-up will receive a $1,500.00 cash prize, and social media acknowledgement.
You can enter to win here:
WHEN: The contest will begin on September 15, 2014 and conclude with Freak Show's premiere on October 8, 2014 with a winner unveiling shortly thereafter.
WHO: The American Horror Story: Freak Show Costume Competition judges are:
Lou Eyrich, FX Costume Designer - a four-time Emmy-nominated Costume Designer behind the hit television series Glee and American Horror Story. With nearly 20 years’ experience, she has also worked on FX’s Nip Tuck with Julian McMahon and Joely Richardson, and numerous films including Ryan Murphy’s Running With Scissors. Lou was honored with an Emmy in 2014.
Christian Siriano, Fashion Designer - following his studies in London under Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, Christian Siriano launched his eponymous collection in 2008. The Christian Siriano collection is now shown each season at New York Fashion Week, and presented in New York and Paris to retailers. Known for whimsical and show-stopping design – from fantasy evening gowns and cocktail dresses, to tailored sportswear, to intricately detailed shoes and accessories – the collection can be found at department stores and specialty boutiques around the globe.
Stephanie Gibbons, FX Networks Executive - as President of Marketing and On-Air Promotions for FX Networks, she is responsible for the strategy, creative, media planning, and implementation of all advertising, digital, and on-air campaigns for FX, FXM and the new network FXX. She will also oversee all digital, mobile, cross-platform, and emerging media marketing initiatives for the FX Networks. In 2011 and 2012, Gibbons was on The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 List of Women in Entertainment, and was one of Multichannel News’ Wonder Women of 2011.
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