Fashion Competitions that can help Grow your Business

As the number of emerging designers in Europe grow, private companies and fashion-focused institutions are keen on developing new talents. Below is a list – in no particular order – of nine fashion competitions that could be useful in helping you grow your label.

Let us know in the comments if you spot any omissions!

1. NewGen. (London) Created by the British Fashion Council in 1993 it was the world’s first scheme to support emerging designer talent, NEWGEN is the most sought-after competition for fashion designers in the UK. Winners are given sponsorship to put on catwalk shows, presentations or exhibit.  Their alumni list reads like a who’s who of London fashion and includes Alexander McQueen, Boudicca, Giles Deacon and Jonathan Saunders – among others.

2. Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden. (London) Fashion Fringe, sponsored by IMG, is dedicated in promoting British talent. Finalists are given a budget to cover their expenses (living expenses, fabric, technical staff) in creating up with a collection. The winner receives business training, industry mentoring and marketing support from Fashion Fringe partners.

3.  International Talent Support. (Trieste, Italy) ITS is divided into three competitions – Fashion, Accessories and Photography. It was put together eight years ago for new talents all over the world. ITS gives its winners financial opportunities, work placements and occasions to have their work shown to a jury of industry professionals.

4. Fashion East. (London) Fashion East is a great way to get large amounts of PR and an entry to London Fashion Week. It’s a non-profit organization based at the Truman Brewery, the creative hub of London’s East End. With an impressive 8-year track record, Fashion East offers financial support to the winners as well as catwalk show production, PR support and expert advice to help them come up with a label.

5. ANDAM Paris International Fashion Award. (France) ANDAM is a prestigious European fashion competition, having launched the careers of Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf, Jeremy Scott. It offers a bursary worth 150,000 Euros (2008) and industry support in France. The competition is open to fashion designers of any nationality under the age of 40. Entry forms are available at their website.

6. El Boton – Mango Fashion Awards. (Spain) A joint effort between button set company El Boton and retail giant Mango, with support from prestigious design schools all over Europe: Central Saint Martins, Escola Superior de Disseny, Institut Français de la Mode, Istituto Marangoni  and the Antwerp royal academy. “These schools will form part of the First Jury, which will shortlist the 10 finalists out of the 50 candidates previously selected by the Mango Committee.” The prize is 300,00 Euros!

7. Plus 46 Awards (Stockholm) +46 Awards aims to bring out Scandinavia’s next biggest fashion designer. The sole winner will given the opportunity to present their collection at Stockholm Fashion Week. The winner also gets a deal to sell the collection to one of Scandinavia’s biggest department stores, PUB.

8. International de Mode et de Photographie à Hyères.(France) The Hyeres Festival is an annual competition for both fashion designers and photographers. Eleven fashion designers showcase their collections and compete for three major prizes: The 1.2.3  Award – opportunity to design an entire collection that will be produced and distributed by 1.2.3. and a grant of 15,000 EUR. The L’Oréal Professional Award – 15,000 EUR additional financial support. The Punto Seta Award – four designers are invited to Punto Seta’s production facilities where they are given free rein to create and use any type of fabric.

Although you can’t apply for it, the Swiss Textiles Award is worth mentioning. It’s aimed at designers who have already had a fair amount of exposure, with potential to grow. Every year the award is presented at the Swiss Textile Federation’s event, the Stella Fashion Night. The winner receives a prize worth 100,000 Euros, of which 10%  are earmarked for the purchase of Swiss fabrics.

Apply to these events. Even if you don’t make it the first time, it can be rewarding to stay on their radar and update them regarding your successes.

Source: By Megan

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