2014 Call for Submissions

MakeFashion is looking for designers for our 2014 show!

MakeFashion is Calgary’s fashion and tech festival. The gala runway show is scheduled for January 2014.  To see previous events, see our 2013 gala wrap-up or our video of the event here.

MakeFashion is looking for designers, artists, and tech enthusiasts to participate in the event. Applicants can be individual designers or teams. (for teams, please provide one point of contact per team)

Whether you’re an established fashion designer looking to expand your horizons, an up-and-coming creative, or a digital genius: MakeFashion is the opportunity to showcase your creativity and ingenuity.

If you don’t have a team already formed, we will work with you to create a team. We have a number of committed individuals who are passionate about making ideas come to life!


Applications should be in digital .pdf form and include:

-Piece title

-Brief artist/team biography and previous works (also include website if applicable)

-Description of design, concept and sketch of finished piece

-Outline of materials, resources, and approximate budget required


If you are an individual looking to join a team, a proposal isn’t necessary, please list your skills/interests and we will pair you with a team.

Designers/teams will receive a $500 artists fee and compensation of all materials up to $1000 per piece. Artists are eligible to discounts on certain materials ordered through the MakeFashion organization. Applications are competitive and will be reviewed based on creativity and innovative use of materials.


Applications should be sent in .pdf form to chelsea.klukas@gmail.com and are due Wednesday May 1st at 8:00PM


In order to answer questions and go over ideas we will be scheduling info sessions over the next few weeks.  If you’re interested in attending or meeting separately just email us and we’ll arrange it.

The next info session is:

Monday April 15, 6 – 7pm at Endeavor Arts: 1209 1st St SW. Suite 200.

Feel free to bring your preliminary concepts. We will help you build your proposal and answer any questions about the submissions process. We will also go over the materials and possibilities and provide examples and inspiration, so this session is highly recommended for application success.




Can I have multiple pieces in the show?

Each designer/group is welcome to have as many pieces as they’d like in a series: however the artists fee and material compensation remain the same. Each proposal should adhere to one title/concept. Artists are welcome to submit multiple proposals and work with multiple teams.


What if my piece requires over $1000?

You are welcome to go above and beyond $1000, but $1000 is the maximum that MakeFashion will compensate per project.


What are my responsibilities/rights as a designer?

You designer contract gives you full ownership of your work and intellectual property. MakeFashion reserves the right to use your piece (when reasonably available) for showcasing and promoting the event for a time period of one year after the 2014 runway show. After this, you have full ownership of the piece and the rights to sell or repurpose it. MakeFashion reserves the right to use photography and video of the pieces for the promotion of MakeFashion. Designers are also responsible for assisting in promotion and ticket sales of the gala event and fundraisers.


I’m a designer but I have no idea how to integrate technology into my work.

No problem, part of MakeFashion is that we pair you with Calgary’s tech/maker community to give you the support you need. In your application please outline your skills  and the missing pieces: we will pair you with a tech-savvy partner who will help you make your dreams come to life! (Some sharing of artists fees may be applicable)


I have a concept, but I don’t know if it’s possible to execute or what materials and budget I’ll need.

Our designers information sessions on March 11th and March 16th will allow you to talk to our team and get an idea of the materials, skills, and resources you will need to make your project happen. We will work with you to build a team.


I’m not a designer or an ideas person, but I’d love to help with sewing/technology/materials/etc.

Contact us and we will pair you with a designer/team: we’d love to have your help!


I’m a performer/model/dancer/makeup artist and would like to be involved.

Contact us and we will pair with you a team or designer.


I already have a wearable technology product in market: can I still apply?

For the 2013 runway show applications we are focusing on new projects and pieces. But we will have a place for showcasing pre-existing product lines. Contact us and we can discuss a way to feature your work at one of our events.


Applications should be sent in .pdf form to chelsea.klukas@gmail.com and are due Wednesday May 1st at 8:00PM



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