2018 Fashion Design Competition

2018 Fashion Design Competition

The China Institute Fashion Design Competition supports emerging designers and promotes creativity inspired by China’s culture and aesthetics in contemporary, global design.

The Competition is open to:
• students currently enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program in fashion design
• 2016 and 2017 graduates of a bachelor’s or master’s degree program in fashion design

All applicants, if selected as finalists, must provide their own lodging and transportation to New York City for the Fashion Competition. They must also produce, at their own expense, their capsule collection of three outfits for the runway show at this Fashion Competition held at China Institute, 40 Rector Street, New York NY 10006.

All finalists will have their work assessed by a prestigious panel of judges and will be promoted on the China Institute website and through social media. The competition will culminate in a fashion show at China Institute where the winner will be announced. The winning designer will receive a $10,000 award.

October 6, 2017: Online registration deadline
October 31, 2017: Design submission deadline
November 1 – December 31, 2017: Panel of judges review applications
January 15, 2018: China Institute notifies the top ten finalists by email and announced on the China Institute website.
April 1, 2018: Deadline for delivery of finalists’ capsule collections to China Institute
April 16, 2018: Collections presented at China Institute Fashion Show and the winning designer is announced.
May 2018: Winning designer invited to appear as a special guest at China Fashion Gala 2018 co-presented by China Institute and China Beauty Charity Fund.

All applicants must first register online. We encourage applicants to register as soon as possible. After registering, applicants must submit an application package, no later than October 31st 2017*, consisting of the following items:

• 1 page for the 3 illustrations or plan of collection
• 1 page for each illustration
• 1 page for each flats/technical designs
• 1 page for the fabric and material swatches
• 1 page for the developed concept or atmosphere or mood board
• 1 page for the written concept in English and how this is inspired by China (maximum 100 words)
• 1 resume/CV of applicant
• 1 photocopy of current student ID or degree

How to apply?

Step 1: Register Online (* Indicates required field)

Please register now. Online registration ends on October 6, 2017

Step 2: Submit Complete Application Form

Illustrations must be in PDF format and submitted, along with this completed Application Form. Submissions are due online by 11:59 PM EST on October 31, 2017. Late applications will not be considered.

Application Form

The design submission deadline is October 31 2017, at 11:59 pm (the Entry Deadline). All entries must be received by the Entry Deadline.

Entrants must be at least 18 years of age, students or new graduates (2016 or later) in design schools in United States as of the date of entry. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

To enter electronically, please visit www.chinainstitute.org/join-support/special-events/fashioncompetition/ to register. Once the registration process has been completed, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. Simply log onto the website and follow the online instructions to upload application form and your work from your computer.

No mail-in entry is available for this Contest.

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 two (2) rounds of evaluation. In Round One, a panel of Judges will each review applications and select the top ten finalists. In Round Two, the top ten finalists will produce their collections and present at China Institute Fashion Show, the winning designer will be announced on site.
• 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 2018, 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.

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.

Past Events

China Fashion Gala 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017
5:00PM Cocktails; 6:00PM Dinner
Location: Tribeca Three Sixty, 10 Desbrosses Street, New York, NY 10013

China Institute and the China Beauty Charity Fund have partnered to present “China Fashion Gala 2017”.

The event will be held on May 7th at Tribeca Three Sixty in New York City and feature cocktails, a full length haute couture fashion show by Chinese fashion designer Lan Yu, and a twilight dinner.

The mission of the Gala is to return the spotlight to China’s inimitable influence in the realm of style. While the aesthetics of Chinese design have influenced the West for millennia, in recent years, China’s fashion legacy has been overshadowed by its unparalleled manufacturing expertise. View photos here

The objectives of the China Fashion Gala are to:
· showcase creativity inspired by China
· raise funds to support talented emerging designers
· recognize individuals whose outstanding contributions have helped position Chinese design and aesthetics at the forefront of fashion on a global scale

The China Fashion Gala will benefit China Institute’s new Fashion Initiative and Fashion Design Competition Award, as well as the China Beauty Charity Fund Scholarship at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

This year, we are thrilled to be honoring Chinese fashion photographer Chen Man and legendary model Carmen Dell’Orefice. The centerpiece of the Gala is a full length haute couture fashion show by Chinese fashion designer Lan Yu.

We hope you will join us and support China Fashion Gala 2017!

For sponsorship opportunities and additional information, please contact:

Andrea Sanseverino Galan
Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer
China Institute
[email protected]
212.744.8181 ext. 108

A Spring Benefit Luncheon Celebrating Design

China Institute held its first Spring Luncheon Celebrating Design to a sold-out audience at Tribeca Rooftop overlooking the Manhattan skyline on a sunny Sunday, May 15, 2016.

The luncheon was the launch of a new fashion-focused benefit luncheon, Old China/NEW CHINA. The Luncheon celebrated the inspiring continuum of Chinese fashion design and the exciting, playful dynamic between East and West, Chinese tradition and innovation.

James Fallon, Editor, Women’s Wear Daily, spoke on China’s increasing prominence in the design field, as guests dined on a menu inspired by Asia. Design Chair, Kathryn Scott’s table design of lime green linens and centerpieces of giant elephant ear leaves created a festive spring feeling. Mannequins were dressed with designs by Special Guest Designer, Yeohlee Teng; Vivienne Tam, Lan Shi and two emerging designers from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Merry Wu and Jiyeon Lee. A small
off-the-rack sale was offered with 20% of the proceeds donated to China Institute.

Along with Co-Chairs, Danielle Accettola and Lan Shi, Honorary Chair, Sophia Sheng and Design Chair, Kathryn Scott; guests included Barbara Tober; Valerie Steele; Dr. John S. Major; Jean Shafiroff;
Chiu-Ti Jansen; Montgomery Frazier; Malan Breton and Guo Pei, who will be presented with the Blue Cloud Award at China Institute’s Gala on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

Special thanks to Sally Wu, Keynote Speaker James Fallon, and our contributing designers, Yeohlee Teng, Lan Shi, Vivienne Tam, Han Feng; and FIT designers, Merry Wu and Jiyeon Lee. Read More