Enter to Win: September 1-7


September 1-7 Word of the Week: FUN Wig Hair Dont Care

We adore 8CountApparel’s clever products designed specifically for the art of Irish Dance! This week’s winner will receive the popular – Wig hair don’t care Dri-FIT Performance tank. You’ll turn heads at competition with this fun look! 100% polyester – a $30 value! The company offers custom sportswear and custom school sportswear too! Check them out at www.8countapperal.com


Entry information will be announced soon!

Design a Dream Dress Entry Information and Rules

2018 Design a Dress

Entry Information and Rules 

The Prizes:

The Grand Prize- The most creative design, as chosen exclusively by Gavin Doherty, will receive the grand prize of a gorgeous, custom solo dress inspired by your design. *stoning costume is not included in costume prize.  

The People’s Choice winner- The person with the most Likes will be the People’s Choice Winner. The People’s Choice winner will receive a 250 STG voucher toward the cost of an Eire Designs Solo Costume and a free one-year subscription to IDM.

The Top 15 Online Vote Winners- Will all receive a free one-year subscription to Irish Dancing Magazine, a $69.99 value.  Plus, all the top 15 designs, as well as the the Grand Prize and People’s Choice winners, will be featured in a Spring 2019 issue of IDM.  

How to Win: 

1)     Download the Design Template HERE to create your design. The template cannot be altered in size or shape.

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Design a Dream Dress FAQ

2018 Design a Dress




Can I enter more than once? Yes, you can enter as many different designs as you can create.  

What if I don't like the image I uploaded? You can upload another image and over-write the original without losing any votes. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for help.

I am having trouble entering.  EMail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll help you get your entry active.  

It won't load the entire image. The entire image should be uploading, but there is a crop box that you can adjust which shows which part of the image will show on the main contest page. (Then, when someone clicks that smaller picture, they will see the whole image and be able to vote.) We are checking the entries regularly and will fix any that don't look right, but if you are concerned you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

I am getting a "The file size is bigger than website settings allows" message The image file needs to be smaller than 2mb. If you do not know how to make your image smaller,  email it to us (with your entry information) and we will enter it for you.  



How many times can I vote?  You can vote once a day per design through October 12! If you have two (or more) favorites, you can vote for both one time a day!

Does voting close the same time as entries?  No, the last day to enter is September 30. The last day to vote is October 12. 

How do I get more votes? Use the share buttonto share your entry to Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that it is super easy to let friend’s know about it as well. Be sure and add the tags #mygavin and #IDMcontest to get more exposure and votes!

How do I vote?  Click on the dress you want to vote on. Another window will appear showing you both the front and back of the dress. Click on the  to cast your vote!

There are a lot of entries! How do I find my friend's?   Type your friend's name into the search box  and their entry will come to the top.





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