WE ARE LOOKING FOR FASHION DESIGNERS IN THE CHICAGO AREA TO BE PART OF A LARGE SCALE SHOW IN SPRING OF 2019. WE ARE SPECIFICALLY LOOKING FOR INNOVATIVE CREATORS WHO ARE PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF FASHION AND ART, INDIVIDUALS WHOSE COLLECTIONS DO NOT MEET THE TRADITIONAL DEFINITION OF GARMENT AND WHOSE PRACTICE STRETCHES OVER A MULTITUDE OF DISCIPLINES.
ALTHOUGH ALL SUBMISSIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED, IT IS IMPORTANT TO US TO RECOGNIZE THE FORMS OF ART AND FASHION BEING PRODUCED BY ARTISTS OF COLOR AND THOSE OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY. DESIGNERS ARE ASKED TO ONLY SUBMIT WORK THAT QUALIFIES IN THE CATEGORIES OF COUTURE/WEARABLE ART/HIGH FASHION. NO FAST FASHION/ STREETWEAR/ ATHLETIC WEAR SHOULD BE PART OF ANY SUBMISSION.
The title and theme of the Spring show will be Celestial Bodies and aims to create an authentic relationship between artist and audience; one that challenges the term other and replaces it with new forms of curiosity, sharing, and understanding. The show serves as a catalyst for discourse among artists and audience members, resulting in a symbiotic relationship between the two. The work should blur the line between art and fashion and disrupt the binary. Think outside the box and envision something the traditional art and fashion world cannot. It must be natural to your practice yet unnatural to the everyday community.
Application Part 1
The end of open call is April 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM. Please have all answers and uploaded files submitted at that time. No late submissions will be accepted. You will hear back from us no later than February 30th with the chosen venue, the theme, and instructions for how to move forward in the show by that date. You will only be contacted if you have been chosen to be in the show. If you have any questions, please email
***IMPORTANT: After submitting part one of the application, you will need to email 3-10 images/videos of your collection/work to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to be considered for the show. If your collection or art piece is still in-process, please send us a detailed proposal for what you expect to have completed for the show as well as sketches/samples/ideas for the collection/piece. Please label the email “First Name Last Name, RUNWAY Application Part 2”.***