External Contests

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ICSC Foundation Roslyn and Elliot Jaffe Retail Entrepreneur Prize

ICSC Foundation Roslyn and Elliot Jaffe Retail Entrepreneur Prize Poster Details:  Championing entrepreneurship and innovation in the Marketplaces Industry, this award is for an undergraduate or graduate student or team passionate about launching a new retail concept, product, idea or pre-seed stage company (either brick-and-mortar or online).  

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2024

Winners Selected: April 5,  2024

Competition Guidelines: Open to citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada and international students. Applicant must be an undergraduate (full-time) or graduate student (full-time or part-time) enrolled at an accredited university at the time of applying (open to individuals or a team). Applicant must be passionate about launching a new retail concept, product, idea or pre-seed stage company (either brick-and-mortar or online). Applicants will be asked to submit:

A business plan for the retail concept; A video describing the concept; An executive summary providing an overview of the concept and plan.

Enter the ICSC Foundation Roslyn and Elliot Jaffe Retail Entrepreneur Prize

About International Council of Shopping Center: International Council of Shopping Center (ICSC) is a member organization for industry advancement. ICSC promotes and elevates the marketplaces and spaces where people shop, dine, work, play, and gather as foundational and vital ingredients of communities and economies. The ICSC Foundation is the charitable arm of ICSC dedicated to creating a vibrant Marketplaces Industry by building a pipeline of bright, ambitious and diverse talent that can drive the industry forward. 

The Pentland Churchill Champagne Pol Roger Conscious Case Competition

The Pentland Churchill Champagne Pol Roger Conscious Case Competition Poster Details: Arts Thread has partnered with Pentland Group and The Churchill Centre as the platform for this competition. The special competition partner for the third time is Champagne Pol Roger.

Submission Deadline: February 29 , 2024

Winners Selected: March  2024

Competition Guidelines: Sir Winston Churchill was Pol Roger’s most illustrious devotee and customer. Churchill’s relationship with Pol Roger dates back to 1944, although he had been a loyal customer as far back as 1908. At a luncheon given by the British ambassador to France after the liberation of Paris, Churchill met the charming and captivating Odette Pol-Roger and so began a friendship which lasted until Sir Winston’s death in 1965. Pol Roger was not just any champagne to Churchill, it was a drink that embodied the style and spirit with which he lived by: robust, mature and long-lived. 2024 marks 150 years since Churchill’s birth and 175 Years of Champagne Pol Roger. To celebrate this historic year, we would like you to design a sustainable solution for the Pol Roger Brut Vintage gift packaging that embodies this remarkable friendship. Open to anyone over 18 who is studying or graduated from an Arts & Design course within the last three years - any course from fine art and illustration, to fashion and textiles, graphic design etc.

Enter the Pentland Churchill Champagne Pol Roger Conscious Case Competition

About ARTS THREAD: ARTS THREAD is the leading digital platform for emerging artists and designers a launchpad for the next generation of creative talent representing 300,000 students in more than 100 countries from 720 design schools.  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. 

Redress Design Award 2024

Redress Design Award 2024 Poster Details: The Redress Design Award is the world’s leading sustainable fashion design competition that educates and empowers emerging fashion designers about circular design techniques to reduce fashion’s negative environmental impacts.

Submission Deadline: March 15 , 2024

Winners Selected: March  2024

Competition Guidelines: The 2024 competition cycle is open globally to fashion designers with less than 4 years’ professional fashion design experience and fashion students. The winner will be invited to join the Tommy Hilfiger team and work on a sustainable design project for retail, gaining valuable industry experience, and building on their knowledge of sustainable fashion. Competitiors are challenged to design a contemporary collection for a modern, fashion-forward adult, using waste textiles and guided by circular design strategies. Design a total of 5 outfits using waste textiles: 3 ready-to-wear physical outfits, 1 showpiece physical outfit, 1 ready-to-wear virtual outfit, created with the support of Redress. You may submit three outfits that have already been made and debuted. The remaining two outfits MUST be designs that have never been shown to the public.

Enter the Redress Design Award 2024

About Redress Design Award: The Redress Design Award (formerly the EcoChic Design Award) is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition. Organised by Redress, the competition works to educate emerging fashion designers around the world about sustainable design theories and techniques in order to drive growth towards a circular fashion system. By putting sustainable design talent in the global spotlight, the competition creates a unique platform for passionate and talented fashion game-changers to transform the global fashion industry and rewards the best with career-changing prizes to maximise long-term impact. 

American Hat Makers Design Your Signature Hat Contest

American Hatmakers Design Your Signature Hat Contest Poster Details: Calling all aspiring fashion designers and students in the clothing/garment industry! Showcase your creativity and design skills in an exciting hat design contest. Unleash your imagination and create a unique hat that defines your signature style. Whether it's a trendy fedora, a chic beret, or an edgy snapback, the choice is yours!

Submission Deadline: March 29 , 2024

Winners Selected: April 5, 2024

Competition Guidelines: Participants must be currently studying (in the USA, Canada, UK, or any location worldwide) fashion design or pursuing education related to the clothing/garment industry. Design a hat of your choice using any medium: sketch, digital graphics, or a combination of both. Any hat style can inspire your design, be it a classic cowboy hat, a fashionable straw hat, or a trendy cap for men or women. Contest Criteria - 1. Creativity: How unique and original is your hat design? Does it stand out from the crowd? 2. Aesthetic Appeal: Is your design visually pleasing? Does it demonstrate an understanding of fashion and style? 3. Craftsmanship: How well-executed is your design? Are the details and proportions well-defined? 4. Relevance: Does your hat design align with current fashion trends and target a specific audience?

Enter the American Hat Makers Design Your Signature Hat Contest by emailing: [email protected] with the subject line "Hat Design Contest - [Your Name]."

About American Cap Creators: American Cap Creators, an eminent organization in the cap business, has been handcrafting extraordinary caps for over 50 years. Established by Gary Watrous, the organization's unassuming starting points follow back to the 1970s when Gary began selling carefully assembled calfskin products from the storage compartment of his Chevy station cart. Today, American Cap Creators has become one of the biggest cap makers around the world. 

19th North American Student Design Competition

aoa-20th-north-american-student-design-competition Details:  The competition was created to promote the use of alpaca fiber in fashion, textile, and interior design at the fundamental level of educational institutions. The theme for this year is Alpaca: Sustainability, a new theme reflecting the benefits of alpaca. 

Submission Deadline: May 15 , 2024

Winners Selected: July  2024

Competition Guidelines: The entry form must be submitted with the entry board and be signed by the student and include the instructor information. Entry must be designed as a finished collection/group or a single garment constructed of alpaca fabric knit, crocheted, felt, and/or woven. Natural and sustainable fiber blends may be used, but the entire design must be at least 50% alpaca excluding trims. Use of products produced in North America is strongly encouraged. Entry must be a presentation board 20” by 15”, mounted on foam board or a board with the equivalent thickness. It must contain the following elements: Full-color figure sketch, using any media, showing head-to-toe looks. Flats must be included. Additional back or side views, detail close-ups, technical drawings, etc., are encouraged to illustrate the designer’s concept as clearly as possible. Color and fabrication of the design must be shown in yarn samples and/or fabric swatches with captions stating their role in the concept (examples: for jacket, for lining, for color). Original swatches may be constructed by the designer and will add to the overall appeal of the entry. The fiber content of all swatches’ construction must be labeled. Swatches of construction techniques, finishing details, mood photos, dimensional layers, etc. are encouraged and will add to the overall appeal of the entry. These elements must fit within the composition of the board and may not be entered separately. Entry must include a one (1) page essay in a sheet protector attached to the back of the board. The essay will comprise 10% of the total score, and will be judged on the following criteria: the student designer’s understanding of the benefits and properties of alpaca fiber relative to design and theme; the target market/consumer for the design, (information such as age, income, lifestyle, where they would buy the design); the applicability of alpaca fiber to the design and the target market/consumer communicated concisely.

Enter the contest by sending all materials To: AOA Student Design Competition, c/o Ruth Fuqua, 7236 Lebanon Rd, Mount Juliet, TN 37122

About Alpaca Owners Association, Inc.:  AOA was created in 2014 when Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association, Inc. (AOBA) merged into Alpaca Registry, Inc. (ARI). Prior to the merger, AOBA and ARI represented different parts of the North American alpaca industry. ARI focused on the pedigree registry, scientific research, and alpaca education. AOBA focused on the national show system along with the national alpaca show, judge training system, national marketing, and alpaca education.

Cotton Forward: 3d Fashion Design Challenge

Cotton Forward: 3d Fashion Design Challenge Poster Details:  The Cotton Forward: 3D Fashion Challenge introduces students to a unique collection of digital cotton fabrics with endless possibilities. Sponsor wants to see how these possibilities inspire you to redefine fashion. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 designers.  

Submission Deadline: May 17 , 2024

Winners Selected: June  2024

Competition Guidelines: Use 3D software (CLO3D or Browzwear VStitcher) to design 1-3 complete, styled looks for any market or product category that uses, or could use, cotton. Designers must use cotton digital fabrics created by Cotton Incorporated, which are compatible with CLO and Browzwear. These digital fabric files are accessible from the CottonWorks™ website, a free resource for producing outstanding cotton products. Entrants can choose any market or product category and may show any combination of markets and product categories in 1-3 complete, styled looks. For example, it’s okay to do one men’s look and two women’s looks in your collection.  At least 80% of the design Entry must feature digital cotton fabrics from CottonWorks™. There are about 400 to choose from. Entrants may alter the color and/or print of the digital fabrics. Entrants may add prints to digital fabrics that don’t have one.  All Entries will be judged according to the following judging criteria: i. 25% for Authenticity and Originality – the design reflects a unique creative vision; ii. 25% for Design Technique and Quality – the designer has demonstrated technical skill in creating the digital garment(s); iii. 25% for Overall Stylistic Concept – the design is visually appealing and stands out as a work of fashion; and iv. 25% Material Use – the designer has effectively used Fabricast digital fabric selections and has demonstrated an understanding of fabric benefits and performance.

Enter the Cotton Forward: 3d Fashion Design Challenge

About Eden Travel International: 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. 

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.

Enter Kyoto Global Design Awards

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.