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A Fashion Show and Contest to Celebrate Sleeping Giant Build’s Tenth Home.

Sleeping Giant Build is celebrating the construction of its 10th home with a fashion show and contest. This isn’t just any fashion show! The contestants’ outfits must include building materials, tools, and supplies to recognize the many treasures that have been essential to building our homes.

Proceeds from the Construction Couture Spectacular will help fund our future homes as we continue our mission of serving individuals and families in need of affordable housing in the Greater New Haven area. Sleeping Giant Build assists in financing and building homes in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven.

Emceed by Teresa Nakouzi,
Mrs. Connecticut America

The evening begins with a light dinner. Next, our contestants will model their Construction Couture and our panel of esteemed guest judges will choose the winning outfits. We’ll finish the evening with desert to celebrate the contest winners and our 10 homes.

You are invited to join us as a guest or fashion show contestant! To reserve spot, fill out one of the forms below.

Ticket Reservations – SOLD OUT

Contestant Registrations:

  • Register to compete by October 1, 2018.
  • The entry fee is $10/individual or team. See contest rules (below) for more information.
  • Contestant Registration Form:
    • The contestant registration form provides entry fee payment instructions.
    • Check, debit/credit cards, and PayPal are accepted.

Contest Rules:

  • Fashion show contestants and models must be 7 or older.
  • Contestants may enter as individuals or as a team (one team member will model the outfit).
  • The outfit must include at least three types of building materials (such as hardware, molding, or shingles), tools, and/or supplies (such as painters tape) for a total of three elements. The three required elements do not have to come from each category; for example, the design may include three tools.
    • Required elements may be added to a ready-made outfit (for example, a building supply can be added as trim to a ready-made dress).
    • Required elements may be incorporated as an outfit accessory such as a hat or belt.
  • Paid admission to the event is included for individual entries; teams will receive up to three tickets to the event (additional team members must purchase a ticket to attend the event, team members are not required to attend the event – but we hope they do!).

Additional Contest Information:

  • Award Categories:
  • Most Construction Couture Spectacular (Best Overall)
  • Most Fashion Forward
  • Most Creative Style
  • Peoples’ Choice

When your entry is confirmed, you will receive a coupon for the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Wallingford, CT to help with your outfit shopping. Outfit elements may come from any source. Questions? Email:

Invite your friends to the event to cheer you on!