Monday, May 4, 2009

Ethical fashion design competition launches

The Ethical Fashion Forum has launched a design competition called Innovation, aimed at young ethical fashion designers or businesses.

The competition, supported by the London Development Agency, is open to young designers, or businesses, which have been in the industry for less than three years. Winners will be chosen on the basis of outstanding design and product standards, as well as innovation in relation to social and environmental sustainability.

Entrants have to submit two designs via an application form, which can be downloaded from The winning six entrants will receive business support from industry experts and be given the opportunity to showcase their collections at either trade show Pure or London Fashion Week.

The entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts including, Anna Orsini, head of international relations at The British Fashion Council, Yasmin Sewell, chief creative consultant at Liberty of London, and Dr Francis Corner, professor of Art and Design Education at The London College of Fashion.

Corner said: “Innovation is a great opportunity for new and emerging fashion designers and businesses who are committed to great design and to a sustainable and ethical industry. It will showcase their work, give them business support and generally assist the cause of creating a totally sustainable fashion industry.”

The application deadline is May 29, winners will be announced at the end of August.