Thursday, May 04, 2006

UPS and IMG Fashion Announce World Wide Open Call

UPS and IMG Fashion have called a world wide open call for emerging designers to be showcased in the UPS hub at Olympus Fashion Week in Bryant Park from September 8 to 15, 2006, reports. This is the UPS hub that showcased Project Alabama, the super cool Alabama based label that proudly boasts that their stitchers are women of all ages from Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Competition Details (from
Designers must have been in business for at least two years and have sold a minimum of two collections to boutiques or department stores. The 10 designers will be selected by a panel composed of key domestic and international fashion editors, retailers and industry pros. Those selected will have their venue rental subsidized by UPS, which includes state-of-the-art lighting, sound and staging, and inclusion in all Olympus Fashion Week collateral materials, marketing, public relations and advertising. They will also benefit from added marketing materials developed by UPS for the initiative.

Designers interested in participating should send materials, including look books, videos and sketches, to:

IMG Fashion
Attention: UPS Delivers Fashion’s Future
420 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

Phone, email and in-person inquires will not be accepted, and no materials will be returned. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2006.

Interestingly, as a side note, I worked for IMG as a 'floating temp' when I first moved to New York (one of my many, many jobs). I did work in the W. 45th street office, which held the production arm of IMG (so their production company and internet venture arm were housed there). I went on a few dates with some of the office locals, and had a good time of it. I won't be entering this contest, because I'm not producing a clothing line, but wouldn't it have been interesting to end up in those offices again - as a designer.

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