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FASH 2016


Are we on the eve of a new era? Wars, conflicts and catastrophes are not the only issues that change the way we view our world. There is no question: Digitalisation and globalisation enhance and facilitate our life, yet they also have a fundamental impact on the world. Smartphones make every networking attempt of the past look like a simple prelude. The start-up culture, shareconomy, co-creation, crowdsourcing and swapping, as well as the disruptive business models of international investors have created a completely new kind of economy. Hardly any industry remains unaffected by this change, whether it is the media, infrastructure, hotel business, work processes, shopping and last, but not least, fashion.

There was no fashion industry in the early 1980s, yet each season a new, and often radical, fashion statement appeared on the scene. Today there is a lack of variety in the stores, despite an oversaturation of designers, concepts and brands on the market. Promising young designers seem to appear and die out like shooting stars. Has commerce choked creativity?

At the same time, the on-screen “wow” effect and the distinction thus generated in social networks seems to have become more important than the effect of the fashion on the body. Thanks to the plethora of new communication channels, the power of bloggers and street style photographers large labels are losing significance. The consumer’s appreciation is waning: apparel costs as much as a cup of coffee, and some consumers wear clothes for only half the amount of time spent to make them.

Yet fondness for mass-produced apparel is considered bad taste. Even the shopping mall full of chain stores promotes: “This isn’t mainstream. This is street style.”

The European Fashion Award FASH 2016 with the subject “Change” is searching for visions of a new era. How can fashion react to all these changes? Should there be more adaptation, subversive strategies, or should we dream completely new dreams? Who will ride the wave of change and claim the future?


The contest is open to especially talented design students of all disciplines, but especially from the fashion and textile design areas.

Students of full age, currently enrolled in their fourth semester or higher are entitled to participate. At time of application you have to be registered at an european university or fashion school or you need to pass in a master thesis from 2015. Students from outside europe may also participate. There are special regulations for them (see below).

Groups containing students from the fourth semester and higher, may also include younger students.

Final projects, theses and dissertations, as well as bachelor and masters projects can also be submitted if they correspond to the task and were created in 2015. Designs shall not have been already published.

Works can be submitted by individuals, interdisciplinary teams (particularly encouraged) and/or in collaborations with companies.
Today, demands applied to design tend to be so high that it is almost impossible for a single person to fulfill them all. Individual students/designers may ask for help from other contributors, such as colleagues from other areas of study for segments of the project such as text, graphics, photos, etc. However, if additional persons contribute this fact has to be clearly identified in the project, such as in the imprint. SDBI will put a particular focus on the fact whether the designer maintains a clearly recognizable “Creative Leadership” role, basically carrying the responsibility for the overall result of the project.
The entries shall be created specifically for this contest. (Exception: Works presented at the home university)

Students from non-European countries are also eligible to enter; however, there are special conditions. Please be advised that due to limited funding SDBI cannot reimburse any expenses e.g. for transport of project materials or insurance to and from the competition (including applicable customs duties). Award winners will receive a one-time flat reimbursement for travel (photo shoot 200 Euros for individuals or groups, award ceremony and exhibition 400 Euros for individuals and 800 Euros for groups). All additional expenses are the responsibility of the winner. We recommend to investigate all related costs in advance, and to pursue a sponsor, if possible.

The award purse totals 80,000 Euro and is valued with the following prizes:

– Photo shoots with the renowned fashion photographer Franco P. Tettamanti. All winners may use these pictures for their websites.
– A graphically sophisticated catalogue
– Professional media work, incl. an own microsite on

– Awards ceremony
– Participation in the network of SDBI and in the mentoring program founded in 2014
– Cash prizes of 10,000 Euro

The European Fashion Award FASH 2016 will be presented in two categories.
Students: 1st Prize: 2,500 Euro / 2nd Prize: 1,500 Euro / 3rd Prize: 1,000 Euro
Graduates: 1st Prize: 2,500 Euro / 2nd Prize: 1,500 Euro / 3rd Prize: 1,000 Euro
The jury reserves the right to present special mentions. These feature a cash prize of 500 Euro.
As an addition form of special honor the jury may decide to permanently include selected documentations and presentation charts into the Archive of the Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie.
The jury reserves the right to distribute prizes in a different manner as shown in the competition information.


• Registration Deadline: September, 14th, 2015
• Submission Deadline: September, 25th, 2015
All materials must be received in Munich on or before this date. Please take into account any required customs processing time for submission from non-EU countries as well as from Switzerland. Details
• Jury Meeting: Mid October 2015
• Participants will be notified in October.
• Photo Shoot: Expected November 2015 in Berlin

Scope for Entries and more informations on: