Key Dates:

Submission deadline: May 31st 2018

Accepted applicants notified by June 8th, 2018

Contracts and fee deadline: June 22nd, 2018

Full designer list announced: June 25th, 2018

MakeFashion at MakerFaire Shenzhen 2015.

Modern Constellation by Maria Orduz Pinto. Photography by Kelly Hofer Studios

What are my benefits as a team/designer/engineer/maker?

Discounts and Access to Materials
MakeFashion has partnerships with sponsors to provide fully or partially discounted materials. We will work with your teams to maximize benefits based on our current partners and sponsorships.

Flight and accommodation to our 2018 gala may be covered for international designers. International travel and expenses may also be covered for upcoming post-gala events.

Tech Support and Inspiration
Our team of experts help designers discover the technology needed to make their project. We provide support and expertise on the technology, you provide the imagination and vision.

Ownership of Work
MakeFashion requests access and title rights to the pieces for twelve months to showcase and promote MakeFashion at several high-profile international events. After the one-year contract is completed, teams retain full creative rights, credits, and ownership to their work.

Access to Sponsors and Bursaries
MakeFashion projects have access to full and partial sponsorships and bursaries from our partners. While sponsorships are not guaranteed, in 2017 MakeFashion partnerships and sponsors provided cash and travel bursaries ranging from $500-$2000 per team.

International Exposure:
MakeFashion has been featured at international exhibits and media including NY Daily News, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, The National Post, and European media such as France 24 Coverage and other German and Spanish press. Many of our MakeFashion designers have received recognition, awards, and grants as a result of their participation in MakeFashion.

Media Coverage
Our shows and designers are widely covered by international and local media. MakeFashion designers have the opportunity to have their names and work featured on television, web and print media.

Marketing, Print, and Web Presence
Our team invests over 400 hours annually into promotions and marketing. Designer benefits include web presence and photo galleries, print marketing, and online advertising.

Hair, Models, Photography, and Runway Creative Direction
The MakeFashion Gala isn’t just a runway show: it’s an exciting a performance show filled with drama and theatrics. We provide models, hair and makeup, and runway creative direction to ensure your piece is represented dramatically and beautifully. We also have a team of world-class photographers and videographers to professionally document your work in studio and runway settings.

What are my responsibilities as a team/designer/engineer/maker?

Creation of an Innovative High-Tech Fashion Piece
We have high expectations of our designers to create an innovative, high tech piece for our gala runway show. Submissions are competitive and must align to our high standard. Feel free to browse previous projects for inspiration.

One Year Availability and Title Rights of Piece to MakeFashion
Teams are obligated to grant MakeFashion one year priority access to their submitted piece for additional showings and promotions of the MakeFashion brand. During this year, the MakeFashion name will be associated with the piece. We cover costs for cleaning and repairs, but are not liable for damages and encourage pieces to be built to withstand travel and multiple wearings. After one year is completed, designers have full creative and material rights to their pieces including the right to sell work or display at other exhibitions.

Availability and Communication
MakeFashion is a large-scale event, and there is a lot of communication and meetings leading up to the event. Designers are required to check our online communications and attend meetings and dress rehearsals. International and out-of-town designers are expected to attend via Skype and online collaboration.

MakeFashion at MakerFaire Shenzhen 2015.

Submission Requirements

Submissions to MakeFashion are competitive and will be judged by an expert panel of industry experts, designers, engineers, and makers. Work will be judged based on creativity of work, technical innovation, and the experience of the team.

There is no cost for submissions.

To be considered, all submissions must include:

– Team lead resume or CV.

– Images (or links to website) of teams’ previous work.

– Team lead contact information: e-mail, phone number, address, website (optional), twitter (optional).

– Project title.

– List of team members: A list of confirmed team members and their skills/contributions.

– Required team members/experts/support: A list of required expertise and support required to complete your piece (note: for successful applications, we recommend you try to fill in as many skill and technology gaps as possible, but we will do our best to help or make introductions to experts in your area).

– Brief design overview: A brief 1-2 sentence description of the creative concept of the piece. This will be used on our web preview and PR materials and should be an inspiring “teaser” of your piece.

– Detailed creative and tech overview: An in-depth description of concept, materials, tech specifications, and requirements. The more researched an thorough your overview is, the more likely we are to accept your submission. We recommend researching the costs, timelines, and availability of your materials and requirements.

– Sketch of project: A sketch of your proposed project. (We use this as a “teaser” and for PR, so if possible please include a good quality scan or photograph on white paper)

Submissions should be submitted (in .pdf or as a link to a google doc) to in an e-mail titled: 2018 Submission: Name of Project

Multiple submissions may be entered by the same team.

Stardancers by Catherine Larose. Photography by Ernesto Augustus – Studio E Photography

Apply to Join/Support a Team

Want to help out but don’t have a proposal or team? To apply as technical support, designer, maker, or a hacker, contact with your areas of interest and expertise. We will pair you with a team or designer.

Apply as a Student/Apprentice

Want to build your CV, learn about wearable technology and work with established artists? Each team will accept one volunteer student/apprentice to assist in building the piece. Apply at with your interests, past work, and availability.


Do you or your business want to support creativity and innovation? Become a sponsor to receive local and international recognition in print, web and media while getting VIP access to events. Contact for more information on sponsor benefits.

Apply as Media/Photographer/Performer/Model/Hair/Makeup

Casting for media, videographers, and photographers are held separately from project proposals. Contact for details.