RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) announces its second annual student design competition. Entitled “Fashion for All,” the competition is co-hosted by the Runway of Dreams Foundation. The organization is a non-profit group that works towards inclusion, acceptance, and opportunity in the fashion industry for people with disabilities.
The 2018 competition challenges students to design a clothing or accessory item that reimagines fashion and function for people who are seated or wheelchair users. The organizations seek a winning item that enhances “the everyday existence of the wearer and/or their caregiver.”
Designers are encouraged to submit products that enhance “the everyday existence of the wearer and/or their caregiver.” (Image courtesy AATCC)
The winner of the competition receives a minimum $5,000 scholarship while the second- and third-place contestants win a $1,000 scholarship.
The awards ceremony takes place June 2018 as part of the Runway of Dreams’ third annual gala and fashion show in New York where contestants have the opportunity to showcase their designs to fashion industry professionals.
Submissions close Dec. 1, 2017.
The contest continues a trend by the AATCC to offer young designers a chance to create functional and fashionable clothing. In 2016, the organization launched the competition “Everyday Clothes for Extraordinary Kids,” seeking apparel designs for special needs children.
For more information on competition rules and details on “Fashion for All,” visit https://www.aatcc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2018-Fashion-For-All-Design-Competition.pdf.