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Only Natural Design Competitions 2024

Only Natural Design Competitions 2024 Poster Details:  Only Natural challenges you to create an innovative and beautiful design in one of the three categories – accessories, clothing, footwear – made from only natural materials. Show our judges and spectators that there is another way – a way without unnecessary waste and with the planet’s future in mind

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2024

Winners Selected: July  2024

Competition Guidelines: Design a truly bespoke piece of fashion or home item that you would love to wear or to live with , that’s inspired by nature and made from natural materials. Regardless of your passion or chosen category, whether your design draws inspiration from the beauty of nature surrounding you, addresses pressing issues like the decline of coral reefs, the light pollution in our skies, the vast amounts of fast fashion items discarded into landfills annually or whether you choose to design a sofa inspired by the veins of a leaf or a jacket inspired by a 200 million-year-old ammonite – Only Natural encourages entrants to take inspiration from nature, to ignite a passion for the future of our planet and to craft something unique using Only Natural materials. Your design MUST include two or more natural materials from cotton to wool and wood to stone (other materials include but are not limited to bamboo, mohair, hemp, cork, etc.) We accept the use of nature derived products such as glass or metals, where the end result can be recycled and reused. Your design must NOT include Fur or exotic skins such as crocodile, alligator, python or other snakeskin, ostrich skin, plastic, synthetics such as polyester or lycra. Your design CAN include a minimal use of non-natural materials to join natural materials together (e.g. glue, metal screws) or to enhance item’s functionality and durability (e.g. light bulb filaments, electrical cables, ink, paint, varnish, etc). But we encourage you to swap these for natural alternatives where possible for the ease of recycling.

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About ARTS THREAD: ARTS THREAD is the world’s only creative student and graduate website. It bridges the gap between education and the creative industry. For the first time ever, design students, graduates, universities, schools and the creative industry can network worldwide. 

2024 Taiwan Fashion Design Award

2024 Taiwan Fashion Design Award Poster

Details:  Organized by Taiwan’s Industrial Development Administration (IDA) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and executed by Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF), Taiwan Fashion Design Award (TFDA) is an important platform for the fashion industry to discover talents and promote exchanges. It has provided a great platform for talented and creative young designers to showcase their skills and supported by the industry for 38 years. Beyond that, participants can also engage in a rich exchange of ideas, challenge their boundaries, and stimulate more creative sparks.

Submission Deadline: June 30 , 2024

Winners Selected: October 2024

Competition Guidelines: Open to emerging designers worldwide, 2024 TFDA competition invites submissions until June 30. In mid-July, 12 outstanding designers will be selected by international experts to enter the finals. The finalists will receive free air tickets and accommodation in Taiwan to participate in a runway show and relevant fashion activities. There are no restrictions on the theme of the competition, giving participants plenty of freedom to observe and approach their designs from various aspects, integrating elements such as CREATIVITY, SUSTAINABILITY, FUNCTION and PERFORMANCE. Moreover, advancements in technology, such as generative AI patterns, style design, and 3D printing, have opened up more creative possibilities. If contestants can make good use of it and implement it in their designs, more unique and forward-looking works will stand out.

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About Taiwan Textile Federation:  In 1975, the European Economic Community (EEC) decided to impose import quotas on the major textile suppliers to Europe to protect its textile industry. Since Taiwan did not have diplomatic relations with any of the EEC member countries, the Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF) under the guidance of the government was established to maintain the interests of Taiwan's textile industry in the European market and represent the government to negotiate with the EEC on November 25th, 1975.  After its establishment, the TTF gradually expanded the scope of its services, in line with the development of the Taiwan textile industry.  Today, its services include market development, organization of trade shows, textile product design and development, fashion trend analysis and forecasting, e-commerce promotion, design and fabrication of apparel samples, training in apparel pattern making, collection and analysis of market information, the certification system of “Taiwan Functional Textiles”, publications of textile information, issuing Certificates of Origin.

Real Leather. Stay Different. International Student Design Competition

Real Leather. Stay Different. International Student Design Competition Poster Details:  Are you concerned about fast throwaway fashion and unsustainable materials? According to Greenpeace, synthetics – made using petrochemicals from the oil industry – now make up 60% of our clothing. These clothes not only take hundreds of years to biodegrade but are often cheap and poorly made. The result — nearly one billion items of clothing, each typically worn just five times — are thrown away every year.

Submission Deadline: June 30 , 2024

Winners Selected: July  2024

Competition Guidelines: You are asked to use leather as the inspiration for a single item , either clothing, shoes, or accessories . Entries must be at least 50% cattle hide leather and any other materials used must be natural or organic materials where possible. We do not accept the use of fur or exotic skins. Plastics must only be used where no natural alternatives are available. We would like your piece to capture one or more of the facets of leather, from beauty and versatility to strength and durability. Entries should include all these elements - 1. A brief summary of your project provided in English. 2. Storyboards and design inspiration. 3. Sketches, flats, technical specifications, and final design (the item does not need to be physically made at this stage). 4. A short two-minute video to introduce you and your design. This is optional but encouraged, as it would make a great addition to your entry. Please give consideration to ease of recycling, reuse and disposal at the end of the product’s life, and also think about the practicalities of commercial production, as we are looking for designers who will start new brands, fashion movements or style trends.

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About ARTS THREAD: ARTS THREAD is the world’s only creative student and graduate website. It bridges the gap between education and the creative industry. For the first time ever, design students, graduates, universities, schools and the creative industry can network worldwide. 

Digital Jewelry Week Show

Digital Jewelry Week Contest Poster Details:  Students will be part of a contest where the winning jewel will be produced, gifted to the designer and showcased at GemGenève 2025. The school of the winner will receive a 3D printer from one of the partners.

Submission Deadline: July 8 , 2024

Winners Selected: October  2024

Competition Guidelines: Students that submit their application will participate in the contest and the show. The contest will be based on the jewel that was submitted and presented. 50% of the votes will come from the public and 50% will come from five judges industry experts that will hold 10% each. Winner will have the jewel produced (with a max 1500EUR material cost) and the jewel will be showcased at GemGenève 2024. The produced jewel will be given to the winner, sponsor will not own the piece. The school of the winner, will receive a 13,000EUR 3D printer from the sponsor.

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About Digital Jewelry Week: Digital Jewelry Week is the first online jewelry show dedicated to jewelry designers and students. It allows them to showcase their incredible designs in immersive environments thanks to the latest 3D technologies. At DJW we strongly believe in utilizing technology to break economic barriers that make it hard for designers to join the jewelry industry. 

Kyoto Global Design Awards

Kyoto Global Design Awards Poster Details:  Kyoto Global Design Awards honors extraordinary designers from around the world. Jury members are diverse, independent and are responsible for selecting award-winning design projects, thus proving the quality and value of student's work.

Submission Deadline: August 31 , 2024

Winners Selected: October 2024

Competition Guidelines: Each Kyoto Global Design Awards winner has undergone an extensive review process. Award winners are selected through a series of reviews and evaluations that look at their trend-setting capabilities and influence from various angles. The Kyoto Global Design Awards jury is composed of high-level experts from multiple fields, including design, art and culture and environment. Entries are reviewed from various angles, with a focus on lifestyle and human nature. Judges look for designs that impact an entire field and lead to new opportunities for creative or business collaboration.

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About Kyoto Global Design Awards: (KGDA) is an international design competition established in 2019, with the aim of recognizing outstanding designers from across the globe. With its headquarters in the Netherlands, KGDA intends to become one of the most prestigious design awards in the Asia-Pacific region. As a means of promoting collaboration between design and society, KGDA provides designers from around the world with an opportunity to showcase their work, regardless of their country of origin or background.

Global Creative Graduate Showcase 2024

Global Design Graduate Show 2024 Poster Details:  The Global Creative Graduate Showcase 2024 is your chance to share your creative work alongside your peers from around the world and get it judged by industry leaders. Last year's Global Design Graduate Show was a huge success with 5823 entries representing 117 countries from 472 higher education institutions. It is your chance to curate your creative personality by mixing research with 2D/3D development documenting all the different creative and technical development stages up to the final outcome. It would be good to know your personal creative journey, whether by photo or film.

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2024

Winners Selected: October 2024

Competition Guidelines: Open to all undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate art and design disciplines for those that have graduated between September 2023 - August 2024 (Southern Hemisphere graduating after September 2023). Awards will be given in a variety of categories - FASHION / ACCESSORIES / TEXTILES / DIGITAL / VISUAL COMM / FILM, PRODUCT / ARCHITECTURE / INTERIORS, FINE ART / PHOTOGRAPHY / CRAFT / JEWELLERY. Please note there are many specialisms within ARTSTHREAD you can tag yourself to.

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The Functional Clothing Contest

The Functional Clothing Contest Poster Details:  Team FTC 2025 invites entries for the “Functional Clothing Contest” to be held as part of the 4th International Conference on Functional Textiles and Clothing FTC2025. This unique contest aims to showcase functional clothing on the catwalk for the first time. Functional clothing could be Protective, Medical or Assistive, may enhance Sports performance or may have body shaping or any other capabilities. The functional elements should be discreet and not obvious. Innovative design, materials and construction may be used to create these clothing pieces. This contest aims to both demonstrate the possibilities of this new and exciting field and to encourage contestants to think and design creatively to incorporate functionality into clothing.

Submission Deadline: September 15 , 2024

Winners Selected: February 2025

Competition Guidelines: The submission shall comprise of : Completed Personal Information Form
A concept note of the designed clothing, indicating the functionality(Protective/ Sports/ Medical/ Assistive/ Other), and A Project Portfolio (digital) including the Research (optional), Design development, Technical Drawings, Material Swatches, HD Images/photos of the clothing designed or Rendered sketches/illustrations of the clothing design and References. A video presentation, not exceeding 1 min, explaining the main features of your garment can also be sent). Entries from Fashion Schools must be accompanied by a forwarding letter from the Head of Department. Conveyance of Short-listed concepts : October 15, 2024; Registration by the participants for participating in the show: November 1, 2024; Final Show: Demonstration of the final garment on the ramp (8th February 2025); Short-listed contestants will be required to display their functional clothing live and in person at FTC 2025. Designs must be worn by a team-member/end-user who will demonstrate the ease-of-use and functionality of the clothing, while showing their design on the catwalk. Evaluation Criteria: The entries will be judged on the following criteria by a distinguished panel of experts – Functionality, Wearability, Novelty, Aesthetics, and Catwalk Presentation.

Enter the contest by sending all materials via WeTransfer (www.wetransfer.com) to [email protected]

About Functional Textiles & Clothing Conference: (FTC) is a biannual conference held at IIT Delhi, New Delhi, that brings leading scientists, researchers, designers, and the textile and apparel industry together, to enable exchanges on latest scientific findings, design developments, cutting edge technologies, innovations, trends, concerns, challenges, and opportunities in the field of Functional Textiles and Clothing. Three editions of FTC have been held in 2018, 2020 and 2023, each of which saw participation from nearly 80 universities across the world. 

Sergio Cereda Eyewear Design Award

The Functional Clothing Contest Poster Details:  The USA Sergio Cereda Design Award was created in honor of Sergio Cereda as a tribute to one of the most influential designers in the optical industry and to recognize distinctive and emerging talent in the United States. Sergio Cereda’s remarkable journey, began in the early 1960s, has left an indelible mark on the world of eyewear

Submission Deadline: November 30 , 2024

Winners Selected: February 2025

Competition Guidelines: Theme and Criteria: The central theme of the award revolves around “Eyeglasses in Their Pure Form: Balance Between Proportion and Harmony, Innovation and Disruption.” We invite participants to delve deep into this theme, creating designs that showcase a profound understanding of styles and models, balancing innovation with disruption. These participants are encouraged to use their creativity with the theme. Submission Requirements: Entrants must be 25 years or younger, and currently enrolled in design school in The United States of America. Entry is free. Entrants must submit at least 6 hand sketches, graphics, renderings, physical models, and prototypes (3-D printed or handmade). Entrants are also encouraged to include any creative content and inspirations to to amplify the project’s essence. If submitting a 3-D printed prototype, please take screenshots and upload in the submission link below. Any questions, please email: [email protected].

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About Sergio Cereda: Mr. Cereda’s career unfolded at Samco, a division in the injection department of Mazzuchelli S.P.A. in the 1960s. His creative prowess continued to flourish in the 1970’s at Ratti in Torino, Italy, where he became one of the first designers of Persol. His portfolio expanded globally, contributing his talents to renowned collections for brands like Roy Tower, Krizia, Cerutti 1881 Roberta di Camerino. In the 1980’s , he reached new heights with his work for Luxottica on the first Giorgio Armani collection in 1988 and the initial Chanel collection in 1985. A pivotal moment came when Harvey Ross, founder of Viva International Group, met Sergio Cereda and their collaboration led to an extensive new brand portfolio, with Sergio Cereda becoming the director of design for Viva International Group. The partnership touched premium fashions and brands, including collaborations on such eyewear collections as Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, Beau Monde, Harley Davidson, Benetton, Catherine Deneuve, and many more.