Join us on December 9 for our annual China Fashion Design Competition program—featuring a fascinating conversation, “Chinese Fashion Goes Green: A Conversation with Fashion Leaders,” followed by a runway show featuring the collections of our finalists and the announcement of the 2020 Design Competition winner.
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.
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.
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. We invite you browse the 2020 playlist below:
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.
- Contest consists of three (3) rounds of evaluation. In Round One, a panel of Judges will review applications and select the top 25 finalists. In Round Two, the panel of judges will choose the top ten finalists. Those ten finalists will be given a $300 stipend to produce their collections. In Round Three, the finalists will present their work at China Institute and the judges will select a winner.
- Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, quality and effectiveness in expressing the contest theme.
- Decisions of China Institute (the administrator) and Judges are final and binding.
Runway Show: Behind the Scenes
Fashion Design Competition Judges
Hazel Clark, PhD
Professor of Design Studies and Fashion Studies
Parsons School of Design
Dr. Hazel Clark is Professor of Design Studies and Fashion Studies at Parsons School of Design where she teaches on the MA Fashion Studies program. She has works internationally and her research and writing covers fashion in China, fashion curation, the everyday, and the politics and ethics of fashion.
Fashion Illustrator, Dior’s Artist-in-Residence
Bil Donovan is one of todays most accomplished and revered fashion illustrators, deemed so by Christian Dior, who appointed him their first Artist-in-Residence for Dior Beauty in 2009, a role he continues to serve in as illustrator for the brand. Donovan’s illustrations are included in the Permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Donovan utilizes an innate sense of selectivity in his work to communicate the essence of glamour, luxury and style.
Kyunghee Pyun, PhD
Fashion Institute of Technology
Kyunghee Pyun is an Associate Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. Her scholarship focuses on history of collecting, reception of Asian art, diaspora of Asian artists, and Asian American visual culture. She was a Leon Levy fellow in the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Collection. Fashion, Identity, Power in Modern Asia surveyed modernized dresses in the early twentieth century. She is working on School Uniforms in East Asia: Fashioning Statehood and Self. As a curator and a critic, she has served on many contemporary art and design competitions, held internationally.
Fashion Writer and Editor
Mary Wang is a writer and editor based in New York. She is the multimedia editor of Guernica, where she is editing a special issue on fashion titled “Fashion Out of Time”.
Fashion Design Competition Runway Show in Presentation with
Fashion Design Competition Hair & Make-Up Sponsor
Watch the runway show from our 2019 Fashion Design Competition: