INDFW20 ​Youth Designer Challenge

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

On day one of the challenge, aspiring youth designers will visit a local Goodwill 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.

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 from the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Sewing Guild ​& community designers and given 7 hours to create their looks, which will be exhibited during the finale runway show.

​​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.


Students & ​​parents/guardians must ​complete permission slip and consent waivers by Friday, April 19, 2020 to participate.


​How to Apply


​Review ALL information on this page

​​Complete the ​
Youth Designer Application
​Parent/​guardian required to submit video ​of student ​explaining why they ​want to participate in the ​Youth ​Designer Challenge.

​Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee ​who will select up to 8 ​finalists to participate.
​Finalists will be announced April ​​8, 2020


​​​Competition Schedule​

Youth Design Intensive (Online)

April 2020 (Exact date TBA)


Youth Design Intensive (Online)
​May 2020 (Exact date TBA)


Youth Design Intensive (Online)
​​June 2020 (Exact date TBA)



We are proud to offer ​young aspiring designers with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of Indiana Fashion Week!

Students will gain hands-on experience ​designing and participating in ​a fashion show.
There is no cost to students to participate. However, ​attendance to the following events in mandatory:



Shopping Challenge & Ideation

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
11:00am - 3:00pm
Designers will be provided a Goodwill gift card to use in a timed shopping spree to choose items for their design.

Design ​Challenge
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm
Students will use this day to create their piece using sewing machines, fabric, thread, etc. No sewing experience is required.


​​The Runway Shows
Saturday, June 20, 2020
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Students will showcase their designs on the catwalk during the finale show of Indiana Fashion Week! 


Additional Considerations


Parents/guardians are responsible for the participants' transportation to/from events.


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