The Arts of Fashion Foundation is delighted to announce that on Friday, April 28, 2017, the First-Round Jury Selection for the Arts of Fashion Competition 2017, will be generously hosted by the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising -FIDM in San Francisco.
Thanks to the Department Coordinator of the Apparel Industry Management, Fashion Design and Merchandise Product Development at FIDM: Janice Paredes.

Previously, the Universidad de Monterrey in Mexico – 2016, the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco – 2008 and 2012 and 2015, the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York – 2014 & 2010, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University – 2013, the San Francisco State University – 2011, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles – 2009, the Pratt Institute in NY – 2007, Parsons School for Design in NY – 2003 and 2006, Philadelphia University – 2004, the Virginia Commonwealth University – 2005, and the University of Cincinnati – 2002 offered their hospitality.

The task of the Committee is to identify 50 international candidates in Fashion and Accessories based on the students’ 2D submissions under this year’s theme of DISPLACEMENT. (32 Countries and 111 Schools and Universities are represented this year with over 340 applicants)

The list of selected professors to join the jury this year is so far:

BEATA KANIA - USA | Chicago, IL - School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Columbia College of Chicago | Harper College
DANIELLE MARTIN - Canada | Montreal - University of Quebec -UQAM
JAEYOON JEONG - USA | Philadelphia, PA - Drexel University
JANICE PAREDES - USA | San Francisco, CA - Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - FIDM
JIAH LIM - South Korea | Daegu - Daegu University
LING ZHANG - USA | Mount Pleasant, MI - Central Michigan University
MIN SUN LEE - South Korea | Seoul - Myongji University


Australia | Brisbane - Queensland University of Technology
Australia | Lismore - North Coast Institute - TAFE
Australia | Melbourne - Melbourne School of Fashion
Australia | Melbourne - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology - RMIT
Australia | Melbourne - Whitehouse Institute of Design
Australia | Perth - Curtin University
Australia | Sydney - Raffles College of Design and Commerce
Belgium | Antwerp- Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp
Canada | Montreal - College LaSalle - LCI Montreal
Canada | Montreal - University of Quebec -UQAM
Canada | Toronto - George Brown College
Canada | Toronto - Ryerson University
Canada | Toronto - Seneca College
Canada | Vancouver - Vancouver Community College
China | Beijing - Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology - BIFT
China | Beijing - Beijing Jiaotong University
China | Fuzhou Shi - Fujian Normal University
China | Guangzhou - Guangzhou University
China | Shanghai - Donghua University
China | Shanxi - Taiyuan Normal University
China | Suzhou - Soochow University
China | Tianjin - Tianjin Polytechnic University
China | Wuhan - Hubei Institute of Fine Arts
China | Wuhan - Wuhan Textile University
China | Wuxi - Jiangnan University
China | Zhejiang - Zhejiang Sci-Tech University
Colombia | Bogota - College LaSalle - LCI Bogota
Colombia | Medellin - Academia Superior de Artes
Colombia | Medellin - Colegiatura Colombiana
Colombia | Medellin - Institución Universitaria Salazar y Herrera - IUSH
Czech Rep. | Pilsen - University of West Bohemia - FSFDA
Czech Rep. | Prague - College of Fashion
Denmark | Risskov - VIA University College
Egypt | Cairo - Helwan University
Egypt | Cairo - Modern Sciences & Arts University
Finland | Lahti - Lahti University of Applied Sciences
Germany | Berlin - Esmod
Holland | Amsterdam - Amsterdam Fashion Institute
Hong Kong | Hong Kong - Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong | Hong Kong - Technological & Higher Education Institute - THEI
India | Mumbai - National Institute of Fashion Technology
India | New Delhi - National Institute of Fashion Technology
Indonesia | Jakarta - College LaSalle - LCI Jakarta
Israel | Haifa - The NB Haifa School of Design
Italy | Milan - Istituto Marangoni
Italy | Venezia - University IUAV di Venezia
Japan | Tokyo - Tokyo Mode Gakuen
Latvia | Riga - Art Academy of Latvia
Mexico | Mexico - Istituto di Moda Burgo
Mexico | Mexico - Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Moda
Mexico | Monterrey - Universidad de Monterrey - UDEM
New Zealand | Auckland - AUT University - School of Art & Design
New Zealand | Wellington - Massey University
Peru | Lima - Instituto de Educacion Superior Tecnologico Toulouse Lautrec
Poland | Cracow - Cracow School of Art & Fashion Design - SAPU
Poland | Warsaw - International School of Costume & Fashion Design - MSKPU
Portugal | Castelo Branco - Instituto Politecnico de Castelo Branco - ESAA
Portugal | Guimaraes - Universidade do Minho
Portugal | Lisboa - Universidade do Lisboa - Arquitectura
Romania | Cluj-Napoca - Art & Design University
Romania | Timisoara - West University of Timisoara
Singapore | Singapore - LaSalle College of the Arts
South Korea | Busan - Dongseo University
South Korea | Daegu - Daegu University
South Korea | Incheon - Incheon National University
South Korea | Seongnam - Shingu College
South Korea | Seoul - Dankook University
South Korea | Seoul - Ewha Womans University
South Korea | Seoul - Konkuk University
South Korea | Seoul - Kookje Fashion College
South Korea | Seoul - Kookmin University
South Korea | Seoul - Myongji University
South Korea | Seoul - Samsung Art & Design Institute - SADI
South Korea | Seoul - Seoul Women's University
Spain | Barcelona - College LaSalle - LCI Barcelona
Taiwan | Taipei - Shih Chien University
UAE | Dubai - Capital Education Institute
UK | Birmingham - Birmingham City University
UK | Cambridge - Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts
UK | Edinburgh - University of Edinburgh
UK | London - Kingston University
UK | London - University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins
UK | London - University of the Arts London - London College of Fashion
UK | London - University of East London
UK | Manchester - Manchester Metropolitan University
UK | Nottingham - Nottingham Trent University
USA | Austin, TX - University of Texas
USA | Chicago, IL - Columbia College of Chicago
USA | Chicago, IL - School of the Art Institute of Chicago
USA | East Lansing, MI - Michigan State University
USA | Houston, TX - The Art Institutes
USA | Las Vegas, NV - University of Nevada
USA | Lincoln, NB - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
USA | Los Angeles, CA - Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - FIDM
USA | Miami, FL - Miami International University of Art & Design
USA | Newark, DE - University of Delaware
USA | New York, NY - Fashion Institute of Technology - FIT
USA | New York, NY - Parsons School of Design - The New School
USA | Northridge, CA - California State University-Northridge
USA | Overland Park, KS - Johnson County Community College
USA | Palatine, IL - Harper College
USA | Philadelphia, PA - Drexel University
USA | Portland, OR - The Art Institutes
USA | Raleigh, NC - Noth Carolina State University
USA | San Francisco, CA - Academy of Art
USA | San Francisco, CA - Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - FIDM
USA | Savannah, GA- Savannah College of Art & Design
USA | Starkville, MS - Mississippi State University
USA | Statesboro, GA - Georgia Southern University
USA | Stillwater, OK - Oklahoma State University
Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh - ADS Vietnam Design Institute

Credit Photo - Luciana Val and Franco Musso


April 1, 2017 - THANKS to Students and their Professors:
We received 339 applications from 32 countries and 111 Schools and Universities.

With regards to the rise of design competitions being increasingly managed by fashion businesses and their communication offices for commercial gains, the Arts of Fashion Foundation is proud to assure students and their professors that the Arts of Fashion competition has been organized by a group of volunteers and designers for more than 10 years with no commercial motives.
This unique competition is dedicated solely to celebrate emerging designers and their creativity and the Arts of Fashion is dedicated to bringing the best sources of education and research to students and designers.

- Student work is protected and therefore not in view, nor is sold to trend offices and design studios.
- Students don't give up the intellectual property rights of their designs when they participate in the competition of the Arts of Fashion Foundation.
- Student projects, received by April 1, are judged by a carefully selected jury of fashion design professors who travel on their own budget. Beginning of May, the names of the 50 selected students finalists is published on the Arts of Fashion website. Students and their professors are also informed by email. Then, students have to confirm their final participation in the 2 following weeks. (a waiting list is established)
- The 50 selected students finalists present their work on the runway in front of carefully selected jury of fashion professionals at the end of october in San Francisco: Oct 23-24, 2017. They compete for scholarships allowing them to participate to the unique Paris Summer MasterClasses and apprenticeships with creative studios around the world.




Promote and reward creativity and inventiveness; discover emerging talent and facilitate careers; establish enriching contacts and exchanges between different countries, schools and universities; and to foster new relationships between those from different industries and fields.

The 2017 first laureates will receive Awards and a Certification for their creative and original work based on theme. (Judging based on coherence with the theme, skill level, creativity and artful expressiveness)

Anne Valerie Hash Award
3-month internship at Anne Valerie Hash - Paris, FRANCE

Manish Arora Award
4-month internship at Manish Arora - New Delhi, INDIA

Maison Lesage - Paris Award
4-week internship at the studio of Maison Lesage - Paris, FRANCE

Maison Lemarie - Paris Award
4-week internship at the studio of Maison Lemarie - Paris, FRANCE

The Paris Arts of Fashion Foundation Awards
4-week scholarship at the Arts of Fashion MasterClass program hosted at Les Arts Decoratifs - Paris, FRANCE


3. CALENDAR 2017

- April 1, 2017: Submission deadline for all application materials received at the Arts of Fashion Foundation - San Francisco
- May 2017: Jury session, candidates selected for the International Final will be listed on the Arts of Fashion website
- September 23, 2017: Submission deadline for all selected projects to be received at the Arts of Fashion Foundation - San Francisco

- October 18-22, 2017: Arts of Fashion Symposium MasterClass
- October 23-24, 2017: Arts of Fashion Symposium (Tandem & Fashion Edu - Series) & Competition & Awards Ceremony 2017


The competition is open to students studying Fashion, Art and Design anywhere in the world during the academic year 2016-2017. Participants will not only represent themselves, but also their Schools, Colleges or Universities, as well as their Countries. The main criteria for being part of the first 50 selected are truly creativity in Fashion design and concept, as well as a well-crafted project. When the first jury meets at the end of April, samples of fabric / material are also highly inportant in the student file. This is why we do not accept file submission online.
- Candidates must be current students and cannot be professionally employed in the fashion industry at the time of the submission of their project.
- Candidates must design their own original projects completely by themselves.
- Candidates must follow the design and specifications outlined in their application for realization of their final project.
- Registration must be submitted on an individual basis and in the chosen categories.
- Online registration, applications, and final projects received after the deadlines will not be accepted. Registration fees are non refundable.
- Projects selected in the International Final 2017 cannot be presented in another U.S. competition during the year 2017. Projects selected in the International Final 2017 cannot be exibited and published without the written mention: selected or awarded for the Arts of Fashion International Student Competition 2017.


1st STEP
NOW: Online registration begins ($40 registration fee for one category or $75 for both categories)
to design a capstone collection: The application materials should be completed as listed below.

- 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 (maximum 100 words)
- 1 resume / CV of the applicant
- 1 student ID (photocopy) 2016-17 of the applicant

Format of each page: 8.5" x 11" or A4 / Letter – and on separate pages (do not try to bind or mount it or else) – name and school and email address and cell phone number should be written on the back of each page with a pencil

2nd STEP
April 1, 2017: Deadline for all application materials to be received at this address: The Arts of Fashion Foundation - 555 California Street - Suite 4925 - San Francisco CA, 94104 - USA (use a sturdy cardboard envelope to avoid any damage to application materials).

3rd STEP
May 2017: The candidates invited to continue on to the International Final will be announced on the AOF website, along with instructions and specifications for completion of the final projects.

4th STEP
September 23, 2017: Deadline for all selected projects to be received.

Late projects will not be accepted under any circumstances. It is the candidates’ responsibility to arrange for verification of shipment with their shipping company.
- The realization of the project should follow the instructions and measurements provided on the AOF website (just below).
- Fashion projects should include shoes (US women size 9-10 or European size 39-40), and any particular stockings, undergarments, or accessories that the model should wear.
- Every outfit is requested be sent in a separate transparent garment bag (with your name and address written on it), appropriate hangers, and one precise instruction page in a plastic sleeve (photos can be added if necessary) to help the dressers. When sending your project from abroad please indicate that it is a student fashion project and do not add value. If you add value you are responsible for possible custom taxes.

Entries will be automatically disqualified from the competition for the following reasons:

- If the final project does not follow the design or specifications outlined in the candidate’s original application.
- If they are received after the deadline.
- If they may result in any copyright infringement or legal dispute for the jury, organizers, sponsors, or host university.
- If they pressure for preferential treatment by the jury members, the hosting university, the organizers, or sponsors of the competition.

Applications and Final Projects will be judged by experts and well-known professionals from fashion, design, media, and other fields. In all matters concerning the course of the competition, including the selection of award winners and settling disputes, the decisions of the judges are final. All matters will be decided by majority vote and are not subject to appeal. In case of a tie, the President of the Jury will cast the deciding vote. Candidates will be presented anonymously to the first round Jury by the competition organizers. Jury deliberations will not be made public.


Candidates maintain artistic ownership of their designs and final projects. By the act of participating in the AOF competition, candidates give permission to the organizers and sponsors to contact and promote them and their projects through a wide range of media: press, TV, internet, mailing, advertising, exhibitions, fashion show, etc… for a period of twelve months following the International Final. Winning projects cannot be presented in another U.S. competition for twelve months following the International Final of October.
If a winning project is exhibited or published in any media, mention of the Arts of Fashion Competition is required.

In the event the AOF Competition 2017 is suspended or terminated for any reason, the organizers, as well as the sponsors, will not be held responsible in any way.

The Arts of Fashion Foundation and its members, volunteers, guests and instructors, and the host University will not in any way be responsible for any accident, damage or loss of the final projects or candidates’ belongings during the course of competition, including workshops, masterclass, conference, exhibition, transportation, and all events. It is the responsibility of the participants to insure their submissions.

The Arts of Fashion Foundation is a San Francisco-based 501(c)(3), public, non-profit organization, linking both academics and professionals alike and is dedicated in fostering international cultural exchange through the creation of a variety of educational programs meant to facilitate critical thinking and advance the field of fashion among artists, designers, scholars and students.The primary focus of the foundation is the continuous support of creativity and design process in fashion and the arts linked to it.