Fresh Traditions 2016 Fashion Designer Guidelines


Fresh Traditions X Fashion Show Designer Guidelines

Application Deadline: January 20, 2016 (extended: January 31, 2016)

The Center for Hmong Arts and Talent’s mission is to nurture, explore and illuminate the Hmong American experience through artistic expression.

Fresh Traditions is a program of CHAT and a culturally inspired fashion event that exhibits the creativity, originality and quality of work by Hmong fashion designers.The history of Hmong art is rooted and sewn into the fabrics of traditional Hmong clothing where the unique combination of vibrant colors and textures makes the Hmong identifiable.

Designers are tasked with the challenge of incorporating the use of five traditional Hmong fabrics (and colors) in the design of at least one full ensemble.

1. Completed Fresh Traditions X Designer Application Form (only completed applications will be considered)
2. One original and completed garment submission of your best design
3. 4-6 sketches of concept designs, inspiration board  and a description of your intended Fresh Traditions Fashion Show Collection
4. Portfolio or website (if applicable)

(Designers unable to meet ALL requirements cannot participate.)

  1. Designers must undergo an interview to be considered for selection.
  2. At least one design from the collection must meet the Fresh Traditions Fashion Show Challenge of incorporating the use of five traditional Hmong fabrics (and colors).
  3. Selected designers must create a quality collection that includes seven to ten pieces.
  4. Selected designers must be in attendance and have involvement in ALL Fresh Traditions promotional events throughout the year.
  5. Selected designers must be in attendance and participate in the Designer Orientation and ALL monthly meetings and workshops.
  6. Additional guidelines and expectations will be announced at the Designer Orientation.

– Designer Submission Deadline: January 20, 2016 (extended: January 31, 2016)
– Final Selection of Designers Announced: January 28, 2016 (TBA)
– Designer Orientation: January 31, 2016 (TBA)

In order to complete your application, please mail or drop off your work sample to:

Attention: Sai Chang
1 Groveland Terrace Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55403

*note: drop offs must be made Monday – Friday 9:00 – 5:30pm. Please provide a self-addressed return envelope or package if you plan to mail in your submission and wish to have them returned in the same manner.


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