Student Design Competition

Taiwan

Region

2023 COMPETITION NOW OPEN

We are delighted for the fourth year to host the Taiwan Region Real Leather. Stay Different. Student Design Competition 2023, a search for the best of Taiwan’s new designers and for those who want to promote slow style and a more sustainable future for fashion.

 

2023 REGISTRATION

To encourage thinking about our planet’s future and to combat this waste, our judges are challenging you to create an original, innovative, and visually stunning design made from real cattle leather. They would also like to see how entrants approach creating garments that will not only last, but be loved, for a lifetime.

 

THE BRIEF & DELIVERABLES

You are asked to use leather as the inspiration for a single item, either clothing, shoes, or accessories. Entries must be at least 50% cattle hide leather and any other materials used must be natural or organic materials where possible. We do not accept the use of fur or exotic skins. Plastics must only be used where no natural alternatives are available. We would like your piece to capture one or more of the facets of leather, from beauty and versatility to strength and durability.

 

Entries should include the following elements:

– A brief summary of your project

– Storyboards and  design inspiration

– Sketches, flats, technical specifications, and final design (the item does not need to be physically made at this stage)

– A short two-minute video to introduce you and your design.  This is optional but encouraged, as it would make a great addition to your entry.

 

Please give consideration to ease of recycling, reuse and disposal at the end of the product’s life, and also think about the practicalities of commercial production, as we are looking for designers who will start new brands, fashion movements or style trends.

A shortlist of the best entries will be presented to the judges, and the finalists will be asked to create their designs for the final judging element. The materials will be provided by Taiwan Regional Association of Tanneries and Taiwan International Leather Association.

 

THE PRIZE

Each of the three category winners will receive a trophy, a cash prize [amount to be determined by the regional organizers], certificate and Coffee Table Book covering the competition and including their entry. The Overall Winner, chosen from the three category winners by a panel of judges, will have their entry professionally made and it will form part of a capsule collection showcasing the best international talent and unveiled at an event hosted in Europe in October 2023.

 

HOW TO APPLY

The competition closes on March 30 2023. Any entries submitted after that date will not be accepted.

 

CLICK HERE AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS TO REGISTER FOR THIS YEAR’S COMPETITION.

CATEGORIES AVAILABLE:

1

Apparel

2

Footwear

3

Accessories

Designs that celebrate the beauty, versatility & sustainability of leather and champion slow style.

Designs must be made of at least 50% leather from cow hide.

Any other materials used must be natural or organic materials, for example wood or any natural fibres.

No fur or exotic skins. Our mission is to cut waste and utilise materials that would otherwise be sent to landfill.

Plastics must only be used where no natural alternatives are available.

2022

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Educational Materials

Want to learn more about how using leather cuts waste, landfill and carbon? Or about its durability, versatility and timeless style?