Challenge Overview

About the Opportunity

Indiana Fashion Week kicks off with the two-day, Project Runway style INDFW Youth Designer Challenge.

In partnership with Salvation Army, the challenge features eight (8) students who aspire to be a part of the fashion industry. The Twist? These students have little-to-no experience designing.

This opportunity is open to youth ages 11 to 17 who are either located in Indiana or are able to travel to Indiana for required dates.

The Timeline


Shopping & Ideation Day

On day one of the challenge, aspiring youth designers will visit a local Salvation Army store where they will be given $20 and 45 minutes to gather items to up-cycle into all new, runway-worthy looks. ​Day one ends with ​an ideation session, in which the ​youth designers will sketch the first drafts of the looks they ​desire to create during the design challenge.


Creation Day

On day two, the selected youth will visit the “The Creativity Lab;” a pop-up  garment production factory . The youth designers  are partnered with mentors and given 7 hours to create their looks, which will be exhibited during the finale runway show.


Runway Show Day

On the last day of Indiana Fashion Week, the students will have an opportunity to exhibit their upcycled looks during the finale runway show at Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway, IN.

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Before you apply...

  • Review ALL information on this page before submitting the application.
  • Applicants have the option of uploading examples of their creative work in PDF format.
  • This application closes on July 1, 2022 at 11:59pm EST and selected participants will be notified by July 8, 2022.

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