Emerging Fashion Designer Award 2020 – Get your Application In!

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Deadline Looms for Emerging Fashion Designer Award

Think it takes a lot of moola to start your own fashion design label?  Think $120K might let you take your new label to the next level?  If you’re an emerging designer and you answered yes, you need to apply for the  2020 Westpac Private Bank Emerging Fashion Designer Award. Applications are closing on Sunday 1 December 2019. The prestigious award, formerly known as the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award, aims to identify and showcase Australia’s most promising emerging fashion designers and provide financial support, advice and mentoring. Previous winners include Blair Archibald, Albus Lumen, Kacey Devlin, and Christopher Esber.

Prize Pool

The 2020 total prize value has grown to $120,000, which will afford the winning designer the opportunity to push their emerging label to the next level. Previously just open to womenswear and unisex designers, the award has now opened entries up to menswear designers for 2020. The award criteria focuses on applicants’ business acumen, design capabilities, and sustainable and ethical practices.

That $120,000 prize pool includes cash and business services that will not only help elevate your label, but will also provide you with business essentials including strategic advice and accounting, amongst other things.

Deadline for Application

Entries for the award will be accepted until Sunday December 1st 2019. An expert panel of industry judges will then select three finalists, to be announced in February 2020. The three finalists will go on to present their collections at the Private Runway event on Wednesday 8 April 2020, alongside some of Australia’s top established designers.

Award Criteria

Ap­pli­cants will be judged on:

  • De­sign of the en­tran­t’s most re­cent col­lec­tion
  • Styling and fit ca­pa­bil­i­ties
  • Busi­ness acu­men and po­ten­tial for com­mer­cial suc­cess in the ready to wear mar­ket
  • Pre­sen­ta­tion
  • Mar­ket­ing and me­dia skills
  • So­cial me­dia pres­ence
  • Demon­stra­tion of sus­tain­able and eth­i­cal prac­tices
  • Planned use of the Emerg­ing Fash­ion De­signer Award prize
  • Ap­pli­ca­tions are ac­cepted dur­ing the spec­i­fied award open pe­riod (until December 1 2019) and in line with the terms and con­di­tions of the award.
    Emerging Designers

    Lucas Dawson Photography of ABC.H designs

    Apply here: Emerging Fashion Designer Award 2020

Don’t forget,  Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia’s  St.George NextGen program applications are still open – until December 15 2019.

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