Seven promising fashion designers – four Womenswear, one Menswear, one Accessories and new this year, one Sustainable Design winner – will not only win the opportunity to show at New York's Fall Fashion Week in February, but will each get an additional $25,000 to help produce a fab runway presentation.
“The award made a big difference in the show. At the end of the day it allowed me to create something I was proud to send down the runway," enthuses Alexander Wang, a previous Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation (EDFF) Womenswear winner - along with the likes of Thakoon, Vena Cava, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Doo Ri, Rag & Bone, and Zac Posen. "Winning the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award meant so many things to me. More than just the monetary aspect, it has been an honor to be included among such well-respected alumni.”
Submissions must be in by Friday, October 3 at 5 pm NYC time (CLICK HERE to download an EDFF application), and finalists will be announced on January 5, 2009.
This year marks the EDFF's eighth season with a high-powered panel of judges which includes:
Marylou Luther, Editor of The International Fashion Syndicate
Julie Gilhart, Vice President of Fashion Merchandising at Barneys
Sally Singer, Fashion News/Features Director at Vogue
Kim Hastreiter, Editor in Chief and Publisher of Paper
Nicole Fischelis, Fashion Director at Macy’s
Ruth Finley, Publisher of The Fashion Calendar
Ken Downing, Senior Vice President/Fashion Director at Neiman Marcus
Jay Bell, buyer for Menswear Designs at Barneys New York
Christopher Bollen, Editor in Chief of Interview
"True talent, in my opinion, is creating the same great design, style and energy that talented designers give, but also being concerned about lessening the footprint they are creating," explained Julie Gilhart to WWD about the addition of the Sustainable Design category to recognize a womenswear or menswear designer whose work demonstrates a commitment to issues of social justice and the environment - but is economically viable. "The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation was among the first to give monetary rewards, along with the recognition, to emerging designers," adds Marylou Luther. "We obviously inspired other groups who have since followed our lead in supporting young talent and thereby assuring the future of our industry."
- Lesley Scott
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