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.
WHO CAN ENTER
• 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.
The design submission deadline is January 6, 2020, at 11:59 pm. All entries/materials must be received by the entry deadline.
WHO MAY ENTER
Entrants must be at least 18 years of age, students or new graduates (2017 or later) in design schools in United States as of the date of entry. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
Each submitted application, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material made by the contest entrant. By entering the contest, entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that he or she has full power and authority to enter the work, and that the work does not infringe any copyright or violate any other intellectual property rights.
Online entries must be made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, internet domain owner, or other person or organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.
Prizes/Awards are specified on the landing page for the China Institute Fashion Competition on the China Institute website.
• 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.
If the work contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the work, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the work, any and all releases and consents necessary to present the runway and use of the collection in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any work is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.
By participating, ALL ENTRANTS grant China Institute (the administrator) and their designees, licensees or affiliates (the “Authorized Parties”) a non-exclusive, worldwide license, through May 2019, to reproduce, distribute, display and post the entries online so that viewers may view all competing entries. In addition, the FINALISTS grants to the Authorized Parties a license for use of his/her winning entry in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including but not limited to, print or digital publication showcasing the winners, and promotions related to the contest for an unlimited time. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.
This Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if China Institute (the administrator) determines the entry to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.
Participants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final on all matters relating to the Contest; and (c) if he/she wins that China Institute may use each winner’s name, work, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except where prohibited by law). All federal, state and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. In the event that the selected winner of the prize is ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and China Institute, in their sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.
RIGHT TO CANCEL OR SUSPEND CONTEST
If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of China Institute (the administrator) that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, China Institute reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. If China Institute elects to cancel or terminate the Contest, China Institute will not retain any rights to the submitted work.
Watch the runway show from our 2019 Fashion Design Competition: