Circular Design Challenge's second edition for fashion talents

A platform to showcase your talent.
‘I Was A Sari' was the winner of the first CDC edition. Photo: IANS

New Delhi: After its successful launch at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018,‘Circular Design Challenge has announced the its second edition.

The programme provides a platform for young fashion/accessory designers and entrepreneurs to showcase and win a prize for their innovative ideas and collections made by using materials from diverse waste sources including plastic.

Circular Design Challenge in partnership with the United Nations Environment program and as part of Reliance Industries Ltd.'s R Elan ‘Fashion for Earth' initiative aims to recognize environmental champions of tomorrow.

Vipul Shah, COO - Petrochemicals Business, RIL said,"The tremendous successes and recognition to ‘I Was A Sari' (winner of the first CDC edition) has inspired many young talents to participate in the second edition, who are inquiring with us and eagerly awaiting the launch. Their wait is over now as we launch the second edition of Circular Design Challenge. I am sure the challenge will become tougher this year as the number of participants across the textile value chain is expected to increase." He further added, "we are eager to see the innovative use of materials and designs that will bring out sustainability and circularity, aesthetics and scalability aspects. We are confident that the CDC will set the stage for drastically reduce the negative impact of textile and fashion industry on the environment."

Applicants must incorporate the circular-design principles based on components across the textile value chain in their design and demonstrate its positive impact on the environment and society. All you need to do is submit a proof concept of your sustainable collection, which must encompass key principles of circularity, sustainability, aesthetics and scalability. You can use any up-cycled material from diverse waste sources - including plastics.

The entries will be evaluated by a special jury to shortlist six finalists who will be mentored in developing their collections and pitching for the final showcase on Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2020. They will also get an opportunity to showcase their collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2020, and the winner will win a grand cash prize of Rs 20 lakhs from Reliance Industries Ltd. There's more -- a business mentorship from Intellecap, through its industry-led initiative - the Circular Apparel Innovation Factory (CAIF).

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