The Vlisco Fashion Fund has launched the 2019 call for applications for promising creatives to submit their designed for consideration.
The fund aims at supporting promising creatives in building skills and strengthening their fashion labels in Africa, will select seven of the most outstanding fashion designers as the 2019 winners.
The contest is setup for up-and-coming fashion talent between 20 and 30 years of age with fresh ideas and a desire to make their mark.
Since the contest is founded to support emerging talent, it is geared towards those who have been working in the field less than five years, and who are either solo freelancers or have maximum two employees.
All creatives who apply must excel at more than just design. They must also be adept with a needle. Participants need to be able to sew their own garments without depending on hired tailors to execute an idea. Business drive is also crucial.
The Vlisco Fashion Fund prioritises those applicants that are able to articulate how the fund would concretely benefit their business and help transform their dreams into a flourishing and influential fashion label.
The Vlisco Fashion Fund entry contest has three stages. After the initial portfolio submission, a group of selected applicants are invited for an interview and sewing test, after which 21 candidates are picked as finalists, three per country category: Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast, DRC, Ghana, and ‘Global’ which includes the rest of Africa and the diaspora.
Those finalists are then given an assignment to complete, which is judged by a panel of fashion industry professionals. Seven of the strongest fashion designers are then chosen to represent the 2019 Vlisco Fashion Fund winners.
All Vlisco Fashion Fund winners receive career funding and professional training workshops. Each will have €5000 to invest in new equipment, to help finance the set-up of a studio, or to otherwise facilitate business growth. In addition, Vlisco also organises high-calibre professional training workshops for the entire group of winners, to assist with strengthening business, design, presentation, and tailoring skills.
Potential applicants can read instructions and download the application form at www.vlisco.com/fashionfund, Those entering the contest must be able to articulate their short and long-term business goals and have a strong portfolio of fashion designs.
Applications are accepted October 1 2019.
BY DGN Online