WHAT IS THE VLISCO FASHION FUND?
The Vlisco Fashion Fund supports emerging designers and tailors in the process of establishing a career in fashion. We share knowledge, give access to an expanded network, and help emerging fashion talent with skill-strengthening and brand-development for their African fashion labels.
WHO CAN APPLY?
African fashion designers, 20-30 years of age, living in or outside Africa.
Applicants must be able to design and sew their own clothes.
HOW THE CONTEST WORKS?
Selected applicants are invited for an interview and sewing test, after which 3 candidates are chosen as finalists per country category. Those finalists are given an assignment to complete, which is judged by an international panel of fashion professionals. Seven winners are chosen, one from every country category: Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast, DRC, Ghana, and ‘Global’ which includes the rest of Africa and the diaspora.
ABOUT THE PRIZE
Vlisco Fashion Fund winners receive career funding of €5000 to invest in new equipment, to help finance the set-up of a studio, or to otherwise facilitate business growth. Each winner will also be invited to participate in professional training workshops.
HOW TO APPLY?
Download application form below
Fill out application form by computer, or by hand if necessary
Prepare a portfolio of max. 8 images
Send complete application and portfolio in 1 email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions, send an e-mail to: email@example.com
You must send all documents in 1 email
Attachments cannot exceed 25 MB
We do not accept WeTransfer files
Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed
Apply before October 1
Winners of the Vlisco Fashion Fund travel to the Netherlands for professional training workshops.
Each year, winners receive funding to invest in their businesses and are awarded with professional workshops. The 2018 winners of the Vlisco Fashion Fund were awarded a specialised training trip to the Netherlands.