Deadline : October 13, 2006
|Be one of the six lucky designers to join the ranks of some of the biggest names in the world of fashion. The search is on for fashion stars of tomorrow, as the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation (EDFF), established by stylish Ecco Domani Italian wines, launches its sixth annual season. Six promising fashion designers - five womenswear and one menswear - could win an extraordinary opportunity to showcase their collection at New York's fall fashion week. The EDFF awards each come with a generous grant of $25,000 to help produce an unforgettable show. Some of today's hottest designers including Zac Posen, Peter Som, Proenza Schouler, Doo Ri, Trovata and Brian Reyes are past winners.
"We were so honored to have been given the support from the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation for our first runway show during New York Fashion Week. It allowed us to take part in one of the grandest traditions of New York City," said Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte, 2005 EDFF winners. "We are forever grateful to Ecco Domani and the foundation for their guidance, insight, and for their belief in our label. It was such a dream to be able to bring our vision to life."
"Along with my fellow judges, I'm looking forward to scouting the talents for the 2006 awards. The word domani in Ecco Domani is the perfect metaphor for what the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation awards represent to the American fashion industry: Tomorrow," says Marylou Luther, editor of The International Fashion Syndicate.
The rigorous judging process is administered by an esteemed panel of judges in both the women's and men's categories. The selections committee for womenswear includes Marylou Luther (Editor of The International Fashion Syndicate), Sally Singer (Fashion News/Features Director at Vogue), Kim Hastreiter (Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Paper), Nicole Fischelis (Fashion Director at Macy's), Julie Gilhart (Vice President of Fashion Merchandising at Barney's), and Ruth Finley (Publisher of The Fashion Calendar). The selections committee for menswear includes Armand Limnander (Editor-in-Chief of V Man), Jay Bell (buyer for Menswear Designs at Barneys New York), and Madeline Weeks (Fashion Director at GQ).
Interested candidates can find out more and download an application form for the 2007 EDFF award starting June 30th on http://www.eccodomani.com Closing date for the 2007 competition is October 13, 2006. Finalists will be announced by January 2, 2007. Complete requirements and official rules are available online.