Fashion Trust Arabia is an annual non-profit organization that aims to provide financial support and business support as well as international recognition to the dynamic fashion designers in the MENA region. Fashion Trust Arabia launched in September 2018 under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser as Honorary Chair and co-Chairs H.E. Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani and Tania Fares (Founder of Fashion Trust).
FTA is the only initiative of its kind operating in the Arab world, dedicated to finding and nurturing talented designers.
Applications are open to designers in the below womenswear categories:
For the Evening Wear, Ready to Wear, Accessories and Jewelry categories, applicants must be in business for a minimum of two to 10 years. Winners of these categories will receive a financial grant up to $200,000 for key areas of business development. Grants are tailored to each winner in line with their brand objectives. Winners will also receive a personalized one-year mentoring program delivered by FTA’s retail partners and a global network of industry professionals, covering a variety of topics relevant to fashion businesses. FTA’s international collaborating retailers will also stock the collections of the winning designers on their retail platforms.
Debut Talent – the Franca Sozanni Award is a category for applicants who are either studying or who have earned a fashion design degree, in 2019, 2020 or 2021, and are beginning to launch their professional career. Applicants must be involved in womenswear and are required to submit a newly completed graduate collection via portfolio and images for consideration. The winner will receive a financial grant to help jumpstart their business as well as a tailored mentorship program from industry figures and partners to develop their brand.
MENA-based designers are invited to fill out the below application in the hopes of being awarded the FTA Prize. Applications are open from July 2020 until the end of November 2020. After application closing, the FTA Advisory Board will review all the applications submitted and select the finalists for FTA 2021 across the five categories.
The finalists will present their collections to FTA’s Judging Panel of international industry leaders at Judging Day in Doha, Qatar. The judges will collectively select the winning designers and celebrate their achievement at FTA’s Awards Ceremony in the presence of HH Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser.
Source: Fashion Trust Arabia
Image credit: Fashion Trust Arabia
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