Q: What qualifications must applicants possess in order to enter the Project:Design! contest?
A: There are no age restrictions or required experience for Project:Design! applicants. You must be able to upload images of 5-10 original/self-designed looks by Midnight CST July 3, 2012.
Q: Must my design submissions be sewn by me, or am I permitted to have a seamstress produce my designs?
A: You are permitted to work with a seamstress.
Q: What is the deadline for submitting my designs?
A: Designers can enter the Project:Design! contest starting June 20, 2012. Entries must be received by July 3, 2012 at Midnight CST.
Q: Is there a timeframe during which voting takes place, or would it benefit me to submit my designs as soon as possible in order to attract early voters?
A: You will submit your designs by July 3, 2012. The Project Design! team will select the top 25. Once you are selected as one of the top 20 voting for the top 6 will begin August 20th.
Q: Must my design submissions be exclusive to the Project:Design! contest?
A: No. Design submissions can be school projects or from previously-launched collections. Finalists' collections shown at Saint Louis Fashion Week, however, must make their runway debuts at Saint Louis Fashion Week.
Q: Can I show the same collection I am showing at Saint Louis Fashion Week in another city's Fashion Week?
A: Yes, but fashions shown at Saint Louis Fashion Week must make their runway debuts at Saint Louis Fashion Week.
Q: Can voters place multiple votes?
A: Yes. There is no limit as to number of votes one can place for any one designer per hour. Voters are also permitted to vote for more than one designer.
Q: If I am a finalist, when/how will I be notified?
A: The top 25 will be posted on the site July 6, 2012. The top 6 Project:Design! finalists will be notified on August 2, 2012 via email.
Q: If a finalist, will I get to design my Saint Louis Fashion Week runway show (choose models, music, hair/makeup looks, shoes, etc.)?
A: Yes, you will design your own runway show, with the Saint Louis Fashion Week team acting as your producer and liaison between you and all sponsors.
Q: If a finalist, to how many Saint Louis Fashion Week attendees will I be showing?
A: St. Louis Fashion Week and Project:Design! average 500 guests per event. In addition, Saint Louis Fashion Week shows attract local, regional and national attention, with past coverage ranging from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to Women's Wear Daily and the Style Network.
Q: What designers have shown at Saint Louis Fashion Week in seasons past?
A: Saint Louis Fashion Week has hosted some of fashion's best-known names and most-respected emerging designers, including Diesel (diesel.com), Wrath Arcane (wratharcane,com), Bolongaro Trevor (bolongarotrevor.com), Love Brigade (lovebrigade.com), Rachel Pally (rachelpally.com), Meghan Fabulous (meghanfabulous.com), Black Halo (blackhalo.com), Skif (skifinternational.com), TRIM (trimindustries.com), Yoana Baraschi (yoanabaraschi.com), Kimora Lee Simmons (kls.com) and Miacro (miacrodesign.com). Project Runway has featured 3 designers from Project: Design!: Michael Drummond, A.J. Thourvenot and Laura Kathleen.
Q: What press coverage does Saint Louis Fashion Week typically receive?
A: Local print, television and radio will be contacted as well as regional print, blogs and television networks.
Q: During what time frame must the winner redeem his/her prize (photo shoot, etc.)?
A: Your photo shoot and social media consultation must take place within one year of the date on which you were awarded the prize.
Q: Behind what other websites is the Project:Design! winner's web designer?
A: 963Collective has worked with numerous clients ranging from small businesses to international Fortune 500 companies. Clients include or have included ALIVE Magazine, Anheuser-Busch, Harley-Davidson, Washington University and Saint Louis Fashion Week.
Q: If I win Project:Design!, will I be responsible for maintaining/updating my social media presence once it is designed/launched?
A: Yes. 963Collective will help consult with you and help launch your presence, but will not be responsible for updating content and adding new seasonal collections.
Last years finalists received:
- An all-expenses paid trip to the General Motors Design Center in Detroit to kick off the first ever Project:Design! final challenge
- An exclusive look at the General Motors Design Center and unprecedented access to GM designers to serve as inspiration for one final look to be added to their collection
- High-profile runway show featuring your line at Saint Louis Fashion Week.
- Photo and video coverage of your runway show on Saint Louis Fashion Week website.
- PR services to promote your line and appearance at Saint Louis Fashion Week.
Last years winner received:
- A consultation and development of a fashion-forward social media presence to showcase your line, created by 963Collective.
- Post fashion coverage in ALIVE Magazine
- $400 gift card to Fabric.com
- Trunk Show hosted by Local St. Louis Boutique
- A tablet and gift certificate to help launch your line from Balluun.com
- Two minute video of your collection, shot and produced by Brian Brunner Photography