Uncommon Threads Information for Artists

Date: October 16, 2022

Location: Abbington Distinctive Banquets, Glen Ellyn, IL

We are back to an amazing in-person event!

This year, Uncommon Threads will be an amazing one-day event held at a new location.  The Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn, IL is the perfect place to hold our annual fashion event. Click here for a location map.

Runway Artists  

For runway artists, it is the opportunity to present a collection of 3-5 garments on the runway with the option to submit additional garments and accessories for sale in the Boutique area.  All runway items must be for sale. 

Our models supply their own base garments, so you do not need to provide.  We embrace all sizes of models, so your runway garments do not need to fit a specific size range. 

Runway artist awards

There are three awards in recognition of outstanding work:

Kavanagh Award, Best of Show, $250

Best New Uncommon Threads Artist, $200

People's Choice Award, $100


Boutique - Independent Artist Booth

For artists who wish to operate their own Booth, this is an opportunity to have your work for sale at an event where the attendees are expecting to purchase. 

All sales will be handled by Fine Line, leaving you the opportunity to talk to patrons about your pieces, 

Boutique - Fine Line Managed Booth

If you are a accessories artist, you can apply and submit up to 30 items.  This booth is set up and managed by Fine Line so you do not need to attend. All items must be priced below $250.00.  

Information for All Artists


All work must be for sale. Fine Line retains a 35% commission on all pieces sold.  Please consider this commission when pricing your work.  All sales are handled by members of the Fine Line team.

Liability and Insurance  

Work will be insured while in the possession of Fine Line.  Artists are responsible for insuring their work while in transit.  Artist Managed Booth Artists are responsible for insuring their own work and do not have a price limit.


We reserve the right to use your jury images/images taken on the day of the event for publicity purpose, both current and future.  


Calendar for All Artists

06/06/22 Online application deadline for all entries

Mid-June Notification of accepted artists

08/31/22 Independent Artist Booth payment and options order form due

09/28/22 - Runway garments due 

10/05/22 - Fine Line Managed Booth items are due at Fine Line

10/20/22 Pick-up of unsold hand-delivered items by 5 pm


Ready to complete your application?

To make things easier for our artists, we have split the application into two.

If you are a clothing artist and want your work on the runway, click here.

If you are a vendor, looking to have your own indoor booth space, or send us your work for us to sell on your behalf click here.


Contact Information

email: uncommonthreads@fineline.org

Phone 630-584-9443 (Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm)