The Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech will generously host the preliminary judging of the 18th Arts of Fashion Competition on May 24, 2019. 287 Fashion students from 28 Countries and 85 Schools & Universities registered. The task of the Jurors is to identify 50 international candidates in Fashion and Accessories based on the students’ 2D submissions under this year’s theme of VERTICALITY.

Special thanks to BJORN DAHLSTROM - Director of Yves Saint Laurent Museums, Paris and Marrakech.

arts of fashion foundation - Paris jury 2018

THE 9 JURORS for the 2019 Preliminary Judging of the International Arts of Fashion Competition are:

ANNETTE CONDELLO, PhD - Senior Lecturer at the School of Design & Built Environment, Director of Graduate Research
Curtin University - Perth | Australia

SYLVIE BILLAUDEAU - Lecturer, Fashion Design Program Director
Casa Moda Academy - Casablanca | Morocco

LUCIAN BROSCATEAN, PhD - Associate Professor at the Fashion Department
University of Art & Design - Cluj-Napoca | Romania

SUKHEE KO - Professor at the Fashion Design Department
Samsung Art & Design Institute - Seoul | South Korea

GIOVANNA TESTINI - Lecturer, Founder & Director of the Fashion & Graphic Design School
Canvas School - Lausanne | Switzerland

ROBERT THOMAS ADAMS - Senior Lecturer, Course Director BA Menswear at the London College of Fashion
University of the Arts - London | UK

ELINOR RENFREW - Associate Professor, Director of the Fashion Department at the School of Art
Kingston University - Kingston | UK

CATHERINE ANDREOZZI - Associate Professor at the Apparel Design Department
Rhode Island School of Design - Providence | USA

FRANCESCA SAMMARITANO - Assistant Professor, Director of the Associate Degree Program at the School of Fashion
Parsons School of Design - New York | USA


2019 Schools & Universities represented below by the registration of their students to the Arts of Fashion Competition
–––– Last Update | April 1, 2019

AUSTRALIA – Brisbane | Queensland University of Technology
AUSTRALIA – Melbourne | The Masters Institute
AUSTRALIA – Perth | Curtin University
BELGIUM – Antwerp | Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp
CANADA – Montreal | LaSalle College International
CANADA – Montreal | University of Quebec
CANADA – Toronto | Ryerson University

CANADA – Toronto | Toronto Film School
CHINA – Beijing | Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
CHINA – Beijing | Tsinghua University
CHINA – Jiangxi | Jiangxi Institute of Fashion Technology
CHINA – Nantong | Nantong University
CHINA – Shanghai | Donghua University
CHINA – Shanghai | Istituto Marangoni
CHINA – Shenzhen | Shenzhen Polytechnic University

CHINA – Tianjin | Tianjin Polytechnic University
CHINA – Wuhan | Hubei Institute of Fine Arts
CHINA – Wuhan | Wuhan Textile University
CHINA – Xi'an | Xi'an Polytechnic University
CHINA – Zhengzhou | Henan University of Technology
COLOMBIA – Medellin | Colegiatura Colombiana
COLOMBIA – Medellin | Escuela Arturo Tejada Cano
EL SALVADOR – Antiguo | Universidad Dr. Jose Matias Delgado
FRANCE – Paris | Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne
FRANCE – Paris | Istituto Marangoni
GERMANY – Berlin | Akademie Mode & Design
GERMANY – Berlin | Frei University
HONG KONG – Hong Kong | Hong Kong Polytechnic University
HONG KONG – Hong Kong | Technological & Higher Education Institute
INDIA – Mumbai | National Institute of Fashion Technology
INDIA – Mumbai | Pearl Academy
INDONESIA – Jakarta | Lasalle College International
INDONESIA – Surabaya | Petra 3 Junior High School
ISRAEL – Tel Aviv | Shenkar Collge of Engineering, Design & Art
ITALY – Firenze | Polimoda
ITALY – Milan | Domus Academy
ITALY – Milan | Istituto Marangoni
JAPAN – Tokyo | Tama Art University
LATVIA – Riga | Art Academy of Latvia
MEXICO – Cancun | Instituto Superiores de Estudios Creativos
MEXICO – Monterrey | Centro de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
MEXICO – Monterrey | Lasalle College International
MEXICO – Monterrey | Universidad de Monterrey
MOROCCO – Casablanca | Casa Moda Academy
NEW ZEALAND – Hastings | Eastern Institute of Technology
PERU – Lima | Centro de Altos Estudios de la Moda
PERU – Magdalena |Toulouse Lautrec School
POLAND – Krakow | Krakow Schools of Art & Fashion Design
PORTUGAL – Braga | Universidade do Minho
ROMANIA – Cluj Napoca | University of Art and Design
S. KOREA – Busan | Dongseo University
S. KOREA – Gyeongsan | Daegu University
S. KOREA – Seoul | Dongduk University
S. KOREA – Seoul | Konkuk University
S. KOREA – Seoul | Kookmin University
S. KOREA – Seoul | Myongji University
S. KOREA – Seoul | Samsung Art and Design Institute
S. KOREA – Seoul | Sungkyunkwan University
SPAIN – Barcelona | Lasalle College International
SPAIN – La Rioja | Escuela Superior de Diseno de la Rioja
SWITZERLAND – Lausanne | Canvas - Ecole Sup. Mode & Design
TAIWAN – Taipei | Shih Chien University
UK – Bournemouth | Arts University Bournemouth
UK – London | London College of Fashion
UK – London | University of East London
UK – Manchester | The Manchester College
UK – Manchester | Manchester Metropolitan University
UK – Nottingham | Nottingham Trent University
USA – Ames, IA | Iowa State University
USA – Austin, TX | University of Texas-Austin
USA – Chicago, IL | Columbia College Chicago
USA – Chicago, IL | School of the Art Institute of Chicago
USA – Kent, OH | Kent State University
USA – Long Beach, CA | California State University
USA – Los Angeles, CA | Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
USA – Los Angeles, CA | Woodbury University
USA – Madison, WI | University of Wisconsin-Madison
USA – Miami, FL | Miami Dade College
USA – Miami, FL | Miami International University of Art & Design
USA – New York, NY | Fashion Institute of Technology

USA – Philadelphia, PA | Drexel University
USA – Richmond, VA | Virginia Commonwealth University
USA – San Francisco, CA | Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
USA – Savannah, GA | Savannah College of Art & Design
USA – Tempe, AZ | Arizona State University

Link to the PDF Flyer to download and print - Credit Fashion Illustration 2019 Aurore de la Morinerie


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 2019 first laureates will receive Awards and a Certification for their creative and original work based on theme. (Judging based on coherence with the theme and originality, creativity and artful expressiveness, innovation and craft)

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

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

YKK Award
4-week scholarship at the Arts of Fashion MasterClass program hosted at Les Arts Decoratifs - Paris, FRANCE

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


3. CALENDAR 2019

- April 1, 2019: Postmarked Submission deadline for all application materials received at the Arts of Fashion Foundation
- June 1, 2019: Jury session, candidates selected for the International Final will be listed on the Arts of Fashion website and inform properly by email as well as their professor.
- October 16 , 2019: Submission deadline for all selected projects to be received in San Francisco

- December 16, 2019: Arts of Fashion Symposium Competition & Awards Ceremony 2019


The competition is open to students studying Fashion, Art and Design anywhere in the world during the academic year of 2018-2019. Participants will not only represent themselves, but also their Schools, Colleges or Universities, as well as their Countries.
- 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.
- The 50 projects selected in the
International Final of December 2019 cannot be presented in another US competition during the year 2019.


1st STEP
Online registration: the registration fee is $40 for one category, Fashion or Accessories.
Each candiodate needs to design a capstone collection of 3 models : 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 (around 100 words)
- 1 resume / CV of the applicant
- 1 student ID (photocopy) 2018-19 of the applicant

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

To participate to the international Arts of Fashion Competition, applicants should register online. The application fee is $40 for the Fashion or Accessory category. After confirmation of registration each applicant should submit a file of drawings/illustrations of a mini collection of 3 outfits in menswear, womenswear or a mixed collection of both menswear and womenswear or 3 accessories.

- Please read carefully the regulations and remember that the AoFF Competition is open to students registered in a School or University during the academic year and especially before the deadline to register and mail their project: April 1, 2019.
- When a first student from an institution registered, the name of his/her School or University appears on the AoF website page of the competition. 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 in May, samples of fabric/material are also highly inportant in the student file. This is why we do not accept file submission online.

2nd STEP
April 1, 2019: Deadline for all application materials to be postmarked (use a sturdy cardboard envelope to avoid any damage to application materials).

This unique competition is dedicated solely to celebrate emerging designers and their creativity.
- 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.
- The 50 selected students - finalists - compete for scholarships allowing them to participate to the unique MasterClasses and apprenticeships with creative studios around the world. They present their work on the runway in front of carefully selected jury of fashion professionals in San Francisco with the support of YKK Corporation, VIP guests and long time volunteers and local partners including the San Francisco French American International School.

3rd STEP
June 1, 2019: 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 by email as well as their professors.

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 / US men size 11-12 or ), 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. One precise instruction page is requested 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.

4th STEP
October 16, 2019: Deadline for all selected projects to be postmarked and mailed to San Francisco.

By filling out the form of registration from this page and mailing their projects, students declare to have read the general conditions for participation as well as the rules & regulations of the competition below and to agree to abide by them fully.

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 and design 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 (made by fashion professors and designers) by the competition organizers. Jury deliberations for the second round Jury in December (made by fashion professionals and designers) will not be made public.


Candidates maintain artistic ownership of their designs and final projects. By the act of participating in the Arts of Fashion 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 of December. Winning projects cannot be presented in another fashion competition for twelve months following the International Final of December.

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 2019 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 or Institution 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.