It’s official. As of yesterday, entries are open to the ELLE South Africa and Mr Price search for the next big South African fashion designer; The ELLE Rising Star Design Award for 2013.
If you’re in your final year or less than 3 years out of fashion school, have a fresh outlook, incredible talent and a dream to launch your own fashion label, then read on…
The Rising Star Design Award was conceptualised to satisfy the need to identify and nurture young design talent and to offer valuable experience to succeed in the fashion world.
The winner will receive:
– R25 000 from Mr Price to help launch his or her own fashion label.
– The opportunity to redesign a pre-determined range in collaboration with Mr Price that will be sold in Mr price stores under the Project label.
– An extensive mentoring programme offering invaluable fashion and business knowledge needed to succeed in the competitive and dynamic world of fashion.
– Personal coaching by a business expert from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)
– Two weeks at the Mr Price head office in Durban where the winner will be exposed to the complete retail cycle, from trend forecasting to merchandising.
– Two weeks of fashion inspiration at ELLE’s Cape Town office with Editor Jackie Burger and her fashion team.
– The opportunity to show their range at the 2014 ELLE Rising Star Design Awards, including R6 500 from Mr Price towards the cost of creating the range.
– A feature in ELLE and a year’s subscription to the magazine.
The judges are:
1. ELLE fashion director Poppy Evans
2. ELLE editor Jackie Burger
3. The first winner of the ELLE Rising Star Design Award in association with Mr Price, Jane Elizabeth Kotze
4. Mr Price trend director Joanne Frédéric
5. Mr Price trend executive Amber Jones
6. Designer Malcolm Kluk
7. Designer Christiaan Gabriel du Toit
8. Blogger Malibongwe Tyilo
9. Dr Tashmia Ismail from GIBS
10. An ELLE reader judge
Entrants have to be final-year fashion design students or fashion graduates with no more than three years design experience who are not currently employed by a South African retailer.
Here’s a look at last year’s competition: