Congrats to our 3 Finalists:
Peggy Sue Collection, Omi Woods & Triarchy!

We are partnering with H&M to Close the Loop in a Green Carpet Challenge!
Bring your unwanted garments to Design Forward to be recycled.
Snap a pic of you on our green carpet with your unwanted
pieces for a chance to win prizes.

Application deadline is midnight on Tuesday May 10th

Presented by

FTA will provide the chosen designers with the following…

    • Professional stylist who will work with you on each of your three looks
    • Eco friendly hair and makeup artists
    • Three professional models
    • Professional photography of your looks –both on and off the runway
    • Logo projection during your “segment”
    • Social media mentions (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)
    • Press Release mention (listing the 10 chosen designers with link to your website)
    • Logo & link on the FTA website
    • Event production including: DJ, lighting, venue, security, staffing, graphic design, ticket sales, publicity & promotion, food and beverage, sponsorship & overall guest experience.

$2000 Value

(Based on time allocated to each designer)

Apply Today

Your Application Fee
$20 for members of FTA
$30 for non members

Your Participation Fee (if chosen)
$200 for members of FTA
$400 for non members

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10 semi-finalists:

Bronwyn Seier
Eliza Faulkner
Jennifer Glasgow
Omi Woods
Peggy Sue Collection
Stevie Crowne
TJ Indigo Clothing Co.

These 10 semi-finalists each showed 3 looks on our runway on May 27th – the First Installment of Design Forward.

The Jury (see below) has narrowed down this list to 3 Finalists, who will showcase on October 3rd at the Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology (EDIT) where one winner will be announced.

($50k value)

  • Use of title: “Winner of Canada’s Sustainable Fashion Award”
  • One week expense paid trip to Shanghai China courtesy of TESTEX, to attend the Intertextile Shanghai Exhibition and see how and where MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® certified clothes get produced
  • Collaboration with Michelle Germain to design a unique piece for retail at Shopgirls Boutique
  • Host a Trunk Show at Shopgirls Boutique
  • Exclusive 6 foot space at Fall INLAND (September)
  • FTA Premium Industry Membership
  • Mentors Circle – receive one hour of mentorship with jury members of your choice
  • Presentation at the World Ethical Apparel Roundtable (WEAR) November 13/14, 2017
  • Complimentary ticket to attend WEAR2017

Design Forward 2017 Vanguard Award

We are excited to award Annie Thompson with our special Vanguard Award. Annie has not only been leading the Canadian fashion design community for more than 30 years, but she has also managed to keep her production local, while also sourcing upcycled and sustainable materials. In addition, Annie has gone above and beyond promoting the sustainable fashion movement. We are thrilled to be recognizing and celebrating Annie’s success at this year’s runway presentation!

criteria: 50% Design, 50% Sustainability

Half the designer’s score is  based on design, and the other half on sustainability initiatives. We know that perfection doesn’t exist, so we celebrate progress. However the 10 semi-finalists had to meet at least one of the following criteria in order to apply (those with more scored higher):

  • Fair Trade
  • Locally Made
  • Organic, sustainable or recycled fabrics
  • Upcycled or repurposed
  • Natural, non toxic dyes
  • Zero Waste
  • Slow Fashion (not mass produced, quality-made garments)

Fashion Takes Action will provide a Score Card for the jury members to use in evaluation and narrowing down the 10 semi-finalists to 3 finalists, including the winner. The scorecard will be used to evaluate overall design, sustainability initiatives, and the business plan.

Design Forward Jury & Mentors

Our jury is made up of fashion industry professionals who will also act as mentors to the winner by donating 1 hour of their time within the first 6 months of the award.

Thank you to our SEMI-FINAL Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

green carpet challenge

VIP Sponsor

Beverage Sponsors:

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