Bilbao (Spain), a UNESCO Creative City of Design is hosting the 8th edition of the BIAAF (Bilbao International Art & Fashion) international competition for emerging fashion designers, counting participants from over 30 UNESCO Creative Cities, such as Dubai, Berlin, Shanghai, Sidney, Mexico City or Tel Aviv, among many others.
For over 12 years, BIAAF has been devoted to discovering, supporting and promoting emerging fashion designers, nurturing talented, innovative and radically creative potential from all over the world through its connections with around 700 fashion design schools, from 90 countries.
This year, the BIAAF has announced the opening of the registration period for the 8th edition of its international fashion design competition, which started on the 1 October and will run until 15 December 2021. The competition is open to emerging designers of any nationality aged between 18 and 35. Interested designers are invited to register on BIAAF’s website (www.biaaf.com).
All participants can apply for two main different categories: Best Outfit and Best Accessory Design; however, to allow for the widest scope of creative input, the theme is open. Additional merit will be awarded for submitted collections which are related to the world of art whether from a historic or creative point of view, manifested either in the inspiration behind the collection itself or in speciﬁc references: fabric prints, shapes, details, etc. As stipulated, submitted collections must be original and should not have been entered into or won any other design related awards or competitions.
The Jury will pay special attention to the creativity, innovation and experimentation capacity, sustainability of processes and materials used as well as the finishing and overall quality of the works presented. In June 2022, an exhibition showcasing the 30 finalists' works and the live streamed awards ceremony will take place in Bilbao. Subsequently, the final results will be shared in local, national, and international media, in audiovisual, digital and paper formats.
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