2022 Anime North Doll Masquerade

Date: Sunday, July 17 2022
Time: TBD

Online Pre-Registration Period:
From April 6th to July 10th 2022 @ 11:59 PM (EST) - OR until slots are full.
Pre-Registration Form Available Here

On Site Registration and Doll Drop Off:
This year there will NOT be a on-site registration option. All entries must be pre-registered, as we have a hard cap on available space.
Drop Off will be Friday July 15th in the evening, and Saturday the 16th Morning/Early Afternoon. Exact times will be announced closer to the date.
Doll Pick Up:
Sunday  July 17 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Theme: Punk - Subculture Celebration
Once more, Doll North is taking inspiration from the biggest night in fashion, the MET Gala. Are you itching to make something red-carpet worthy? This is your chance!

The theme for this year’s beautiful fashions is Punk - Subculture Celebration!

Punk started in the 1970’s as an anti-establishment music scene that has elevated through to multiple subgenres and a wide variety of stylistic choices that we’d like to see you elevate to a red carpet look!  Give us your elevated 1970’s, 1980’s or 1990’s designs. Give us Glam Punk, Psychobilly, Celtic, Dance and Street Punk. Imagine your doll on the red carpet with a thousand photographers snapping pictures - what would be their best punk look to impress?  Consider this an elevated spin on punk fashion: an iteration of the red-carpet glamor of the MET Gala and the themes of punk subculture. Think loud, brash, in-your-face designs that challenge the status quo! Get wild and vibrant, or dark and chaotic… and then marry those ideas into a statement garment ready for your dolls big moment!

Not sure what makes something Punk? No worries, we have a wide gallery of inspiration for you to look through here.

And if you’re looking for more info, Wiki’s a solid start as well here!

Display Details

The Doll North Masquerade will be displayed in the Corporate Area of Anime North’s main Exhibit Hall (exact details TBD). There will be two large, locking glass cases that the dolls will be displayed in. The space has 24 hour security and to avoid risk to the dolls drop off times will be slightly more limited than previous years. There will be a volunteer/staff by the case while the hall is open to manage Fan Voting as well as answering questions. This display system does mean we have a limit of 15 dolls per size category.


We have been so lucky to see the Doll North masquerade grow with our event and we are all so proud to see regular entrants get better and better every year. You have continually blown us away with your originality and talent!

Because the Doll Masquerade has grown so large, we are continuing our class system. This is similar to the systems used for cosplay masquerades and contests at many conventions, with a few tweaks for Doll North specifically!


Novice and Experienced

Because our masquerade is large but not quite as big as a cosplay contest, we have decided to use a 2 class structure for now (plus the young fan division, which remains unchanged).

Experienced: If you have won a doll masquerade or doll costume contest in the last 4 years at Anime North, Costume Con, PNW BJD EXPO or other event, you are experienced! You will compete against other experienced contestants!

Novice: if you haven't won in a doll masquerade contest in the last 4 years, you compete in this category.

Note: you can absolutely compete ‘up’ into Experienced if you feel you should be there. You should not compete ‘down’ however, and we will refer to our records to make sure previous winners are placed into the experienced category.

Young Fan: Open to fans who are 13 years of age and younger. Dolls of any size may participate in this category.


  • Participants may enter in ONE category only. If you are unsure which category your doll qualifies for kindly contact us at:  [email protected]

  • We have a maximum space for 15 of each size category: 1/6, 1/4, and 1/3. Doll displays must be no taller than 73cm.
  • Each participant is restricted to ONE doll in the Doll Masquerade.
  • Each entrant must have a valid Anime North badge, valid badges include General Day and Weekend Admissions, Exhibitor and Dealer passes. Doll North Volunteers and Staff may enter (but Masquerade Staff, and Judges, may not.)
  • Each entry will be judged on Display by our esteemed panel of judges. (Please see below for details on each component.)
  • To qualify your entry must depict a red carpet outfit inspired by the theme of Punk
  • Each entry is required to be displayed on a doll stand. Entrants may purchase or craft their own doll stand. Entrants may choose to minimally decorate the stand or stand base, but it is not to be used as a backdrop. Please ensure the stand supports your doll as securely as possible. While Doll North will take every precaution possible, we are not liable if your stand causes your doll to fall over and/or damage your doll or cosplay. If a stand is found to be inadequate and putting other displays at risk by falling over, your entry may be subject to disqualification and removal from the competition.
  • Space allowance for each doll is no more than a 20cm square for 1/3 dolls and 15cm square for 1/4 and 1/6 dolls. We have somewhat limited space so we ask that you account for large skirts to be able to squish down. (See Display Details for more information)
  • Entrants are not required to be present during judging.
  • Entrants are required to drop off their dolls for display in the Masquerade area during drop off hours on Friday or Saturday. Entrants will be emailed with drop off times closer to the event, and the website will also reflect times once the schedule has been consolidated. No late entries will be accepted.
  • Participants may not reuse entries previously entered in a Doll North competition or in any other judged competition, this includes but is not limited to conventions, online competitions, and company hosted competitions.

  • Dolls will be returned only to the signed owner who must have legal ID to match the drop off form. If a doll may be picked up by someone else, you will need to indicate so on your drop off and either add their name to your sheet, or they will need to present your ID to pick up your doll.
  • The Doll North Masquerade Reps reserve the right to eliminate anyone from competition on the basis of taste, danger to the audience or other entries, or for any other reason deemed sufficient. Flagrant or repeat violations of the rules may result in a ban from future competitions at the Doll North Masquerade Reps discretion.

Valid Doll Types

The following doll types are valid for entry in the Doll Masquerade:

  •     Asian Ball-Jointed Dolls (Resin and Vinyl)
  •     Non-Asian Ball-Jointed Dolls 
  •     Pullip Dolls
  •     Blythe Dolls
  •     Monster High Dolls/Ever After High Dolls
  •     Momoko Dolls
  •     Dollfie Dream/SmartDoll Dolls
  •     Obitsu Dolls
  •     Azone Dolls

Please note: Out of respect for doll artisans, distributors and sculptors that support Doll North we ask that recasts are not entered in the Doll Masquerade. Recast dolls identified in the Doll Masquerade will be disqualified.

Judging Breakdown

Outfit: Outfit components can be handmade or purchased, greater points will be awarded to entrants that have hand crafted their outfits. If you have included purchased items in your outfit you must list the items on your registration form. You will be judged based on workmanship, execution, and adherence to the overall theme.

Accessories: Items not expected to be handcrafted such as wigs, shoes, eyes, hardware, and doll stands will be judged for their adherence to the theme material and how well they incorporate with the entire costume. Bonus points may be awarded for handmade items such as wigs, shoes, doll stands, and eyes.

Props: Points can also be earned for prop creation when applicable to the theme material, only props that have been handmade will impact the Display Component.

Face Up: Points can be awarded to dolls with custom face ups to match their source material. Only dolls that have face ups painted by the contestant may be judged on their face-up. Contestants may choose to NOT have their face-up included in judging. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like your face-up to be included in your entry.

Reference: Due to the limitations of display for this year, there will not be a reference component.


Will consist of esteemed individuals of notable standing in the doll/cosplay community. Judges will be announced closer to the event.


Entries will be ranked according to the following categories: 

  • Best Overall (One Winner Overall)
  • Novice Best in Size Category (One Winner Per Size Category for Novice Class)
  • Best in Class (One Winner Per Class Category)
  • Best Application of Theme (One Winner Per Size Category)
  • Fan Favorite (as determined by fan vote)
  • Additional categories may be awarded at the judge’s discretion but are not guaranteed. Such as, “Best Original Design, Honorable Mention: Use of Materials, Honorable Mention: Engineering, Best Tailoring”, etc.

A note on Size Categories:

Because we have changed up this award system, the size category will be used only for the ‘best in size’ award for the Novice Category. The Experienced category is not expected to be large enough this year for an additional division, but if we do have an influx of entries we will add awards as deserved.
If a novice size category is too small, we may combine it with the next smallest category.

You will be competing against your cohort (novice or experienced) for the rest of the potential awards.

Winners will be awarded ribbons and certificates denoting their win.

Attendees will have the option to vote for their favorite entry. Ballots will be available near the display. Fans may vote once per day of the event up to a maximum of 3 times so be sure to stop by and vote each day.

If a category has under 3 entries Doll North reserves the right to merge the category with the category with the next fewest entries.

For updates on 2022 please follow us on Facebook. If you have questions or need clarification, you can email [email protected], please put “Masquerade” in your subject header!