China Institute’s Fashion Design Competition supports emerging designers and promotes creativity inspired by China’s culture and aesthetics in contemporary, global design. This year the competition is introducing a sustainability component to promote socially conscious and environmentally-friendly fashion.


China Institute’s Fashion Competition will take place September 26, 2020! The winner receives a $10,000 award! The second prize winning designer will receive a $5,000 award. The third place designer will receive a summer internship with a renowned professional fashion designer.




• Students currently enrolled in their senior year of a bachelor’s or master’s degree program in fashion design.

• 2018 and 2019 graduates of a bachelor’s or master’s degree program in fashion design.




• January 6, 2020: Deadline for submitting required materials
• Spring/Summer: Top 10 competition finalists will be notified by email, and announced on China Institute website.
• September 26: Review by Judges and accompanying event to present winner.


All finalists will have their work assessed by an independent, prestigious panel of judges and will have their work highlighted on the China Institute website and through social media.

Finalists submit a video detailing their process and tracing their inspiration from different aspects of Chinese culture and design. These videos are intended to showcase their talent and development of their signature looks.


The competition culminates in a special presentation at China Institute where the winner will be announced. The winning designer will receive a $10,000 award and will be featured at the 2020 China Fashion Gala.



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