Terms and Conditions for Indiana Fashion Week (INDFW) Emerging Designer Competition



This Competition is void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to enter. For those invited to participate in the competition there is a $500 participation fee. Maximum of one submission per entrant. If you are ​applying with a design partner​, one designer must be named the lead and all communication and decisions will be made by the leader designer. It is up to the lead designer to disperse information and to communicate with their ​partner. Also, the producers have the right to change/modify information presented below.


The Competition is open to Indiana and non-Indiana residence located in the USA. All selected participants will be required to attend ​3-​4 intensives (​online), ​and also must be willing to travel to Indianapolis, Indiana​ on the dates ​specified on https://indianafashionweek.com/design-competition​. Participants must design fashion. Contractors and immediate family members of contractors (dependents under IRS rules), affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotional agencies of the Indiana Fashion Foundation (“IFF”) are not eligible to enter the competition.

All entrants must be over 18 years old by 12:00am on ​March 1​8, 20​20.


Starting February 26, 20​20, visit https://indianafashionweek.com/design-competition and follow the instructions to enter.

Entries must include a signed copy (or check mark acknowledging agreement) of this Entry and Consent Form and portfolio. Any work (including portfolio and final looks) submitted must be an original work produced by the entrant and must not infringe or violate any third party rights. Any works that are not entrant’s original work or infringe or violate third party rights will automatically be disqualified, and if prizes have already been awarded to disqualify entrant, INDFW reserves the right to withdraw, stop check and/or invalidate the prizes. Cash prize must be used towards a new collection. Winning designer will showcase their new collection at Indiana Fashion Week in 2021.

Entries must be received by or be postmarked on March ​​18, 20​20. Entries received after this time will be ineligible and automatically disqualified. 


Entries will be judged by an independent panel of judges selected by the INDFW, including but not limited to local designers, curators, and fashion professionals. The panel will make its decision in its sole and absolute discretion, based on items submitted, creativity, concept, overall presentation and how designs will enhance the quality of presentations presented at INDFW. Up to eight (8) semi-finalists will be ​selected and invited to create a five (5) ​look collection. In the event that any semi-finalists withdraw. INDFW has the right to add additional semi-finalists. The  (5) ​look collection ​must incorporate ​aspects of sustainability​. The interpretation of ​"sustainability" (i.e. sustainable practices, methods, and/or materials) ​is at the discretion of the designer. The five (5) ​look collection must have a cohesive theme.

More information on the 5 ​look collection requirements will be sent separately to selected semi-finalists. Those semi-finalist will present their collections at INDFW on June 2​0, 2020 for pre-judging and the runway presentation.

The Winner of competition will be notified at the conclusion of events. There will be two (2) winners. 1st Place and Audience favorite. See prizes here.

​To maintain accurate account of scholarship money dispersed, scholarship prize will not be awarded at the event.  The $5,000 Scholarship fund is dispersed in stages to aid the winner along in the design process, requirements and to ensure funds are used towards their next collection. 30% ($1500) of Scholarship funds will be sent electronically or by check to winner within 30 days of event conclusion as long as winner completes the Prize Form detailing information on direct deposit account and completion of 1099; prizes are non-transferable.

Scholarship funds dispersed as follows:

  1. 30% ($1500) -30 days from signed Prize Form detailing information on direct deposit account and completion of 1099
  2. 30% ($1500) - 60 days from 1st disbursement and the Completion of Review Form. Form includes a recap of accomplishments, deliverables and next steps.
  3. Remainder ($2000)- 60 days from 2nd disbursement and the Completion of Review Form. Form includes a recap of accomplishments, deliverables and next steps.

Scholarship payout by December 31, 2020.

​Only one designer will win cash prize. The decision of the judges ​is final. INDFW ​reserves the rights to change structure of prizes and event details.


Semi-finalists will be notified by phone or email on ​March 25, 20​20. They will have until April 8, 20​20 to return agreement release form and pay two hundred and fifty dollar ($250) deposit. The final payment of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250) is due by April ​22, 20​20. Without form and payment submitted, the semi-finalist will be​ withdrawn from the competition and that space may be filled with another contestant.

Winners of the competition are solely responsible for all applicable federal and state taxes and liabilities associated with each prize. INDFW reserves the right to require substantiation of eligibility and/or tax compliance within three (3) business days of notification. Noncompliance within three (3) business days may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.

Competition entrants agree to abide by the terms of this official Form and by the decisions of the Competition judges, which are final and indisputable on all matters pertaining to the Competition.


By submitting an entry for this competition, each entrant:

  • certifies that the information contained in the entry form, including all support documents and attachments, is true and correct;
  • represents and warrants that portfolio and final look submitted is the original work of the entrant and that the works do not infringe or violate any third party rights, including copyrights or property rights of others, or violate any other law, rule, or regulation;
  • grants INDFW the irrevocable royalty-free, world-wide right, in perpetuity, to: (i) display, distribute, reproduce, or otherwise use any, all, or none of the materials, design, images, sketches, portfolio, final looks (garments created), images, verbal or written statements or other information provided by entrant on social media, on INDFW’s website, on-site at INDFW, and in any and all promotional, marketing, or educational materials; (ii) photograph, video record, or otherwise document the entrant, and portfolio and final looks submitted by entrant, and to use the resulting images or footage on social media, on INDFW’s website, on-site at INDFW, and in any and all promotional, marketing, or educational materials; and (iii) use the semi-finalists and finalist’s name, image, likeness, voice, city, state and submitted content on social media, on INDFW’s website, on-site at INDFW, and in any and all promotional, marketing, or educational materials. The rights granted in this section are granted for any media or format, and without further approval required;


Entrant agrees to and shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless INDFW and its trustees, officers, directors, employees, volunteers, and representatives from and against any and all liability, cost, damage, and expense related to third party claims or alleged claims of infringement or violation of any third party rights, including without limitation copyrights, publicity or privacy rights, related to any and all portfolio, final looks (garments), designs, images, information, or other materials or works submitted by entrant.

Entrant understands INDFW shall not be responsible for unauthorized duplications or use of entrant’s work by third parties and fully releases INDFW from any and all liability related to entrant’s participation, unauthorized use of entrant’s work, or use of any prize given by INDFW. INDFW is not responsible for late, misdirected entries or, lost, any entries that lack sufficient postage, or any computer, online, telephone or technical malfunctions that may occur.


The competition can be canceled, terminated, modified or suspended at any time for any reason by INDFW, upon notice to all entrants. INDFW will notify of any changes b website. INDFW is not responsible for any damage, loss, or liability related to the materials submitted, and is not required to return materials (including portfolio or final look) submitted by entrant.

This form shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Indiana without regard to conflict or choice of laws principles. All disputes, claims, or controversies arising from or related to this form shall be resolved solely and exclusively in the state and federal courts of Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana and the entrant hereby irrevocably consents to the venue and personal jurisdiction of such courts, and waives any claims of an inconvenient forum.

9. This competition is produced by the Indiana Fashion Foundation in conjunction with outside contractors to facilitate events. If you have additional questions regarding this competition, please contact the ​info@indianafashionweek.com.

10.   By submitting, I certify that I have carefully read and understood all competition rules and terms and conditions of participation detailed above, and voluntarily agree by submitting my entry to be in the INDFW competition with full knowledge of its contents and opportunity for consultation with counsel. I am submitting on my own free will.

​These rules may be updated from ​periodically. Please, ​ensure that you read them before you ​apply and check back for updates.

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