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A Prize for Fashion’s Foreign-Born Creatives in the U.S.

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Vilcek prize

If you or someone you know has continued to demonstrate great promise and achievement in furthering the future of fashion—whether in design, styling, hair and makeup, image making, curating, or writing—and is a foreign-born immigrant (yes, Canada counts) currently residing in the U.S. who is under the age of 38, this open call is for you.

The Vilcek Foundation’s 2015 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in the Arts has chosen to honor contributions to fashion for the coming year, and enlisted the help of Shelley Fox, the Donna Karan Professor of Fashion at Parsons and the director of the school’s MFA in Fashion Design and Society, to assemble the prize jury. “If you’re in the industry, you often know the other people [behind the scenes], but the wider public often doesn’t have a clue how the whole fashion system works…I was trying to peel away the layers of all the creatives who were involved in this entire process.”

One Vilcek Prize of $100,000 will be awarded to an established artist in fashion, following a discretionary deliberation process, while three emerging talents will receive the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in the Arts of $50,000 each.

Applicants ranging from the fashion curator and the stylist to the animator, photographer, historian, and critic are all encouraged to apply. The spectrum of professions is similarly echoed by the jury of judges Fox has brought together, including Thom Browne; Patricia Mears, deputy director of The Museum at FIT; and Jeff Ng, founder of communications agency Staple Design, among others.

What will they be looking out for? “Someone who’s developing a craft and a vision of where they’re going,” says Fox. “And perhaps they’re not being recognized because they’re still under the radar. It’s just about bringing them to the front of it more than they might be, with some extra mentoring, money, connections, and contacts.”

The open call for applications will close on June 10, 2014, and the winners will be publicly announced in spring 2014.

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