Who can apply for the Ford Design Grant?

Applicants must be a full or part-time fashion design student at a higher education college or university of any academic year in Asia or Europe*. The applicant must be 18 years old or over and only individual applicants are accepted.

*Afghanistan, Åland Islands, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Channel Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Holy See, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao Special Administrative Region, Macedonia, Mainland China, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Netherlands, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Sark, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, or Yemen.

What are the Grant awards?

Three Grants of US$1,000 each will be awarded. Each Grant winner will also be supplied with three types of sustainable fabrics used in Ford vehicles.

Who are the judges?

The judging panel will include a Ford representative, Redress Founder Christina Dean, and a fashion designer to be determined at a later date.

What is the judging schedule?

The judging will take place in December 2015 to determine the winners and the results will be announced in mid-January, 2016 at The Eco Chic Design Award.

What are the judging criteria?

A set of judging criteria has been designed to score applicants. There is equal weighting across the three judging categories with a maximum of 30 marks. The three applicants with the highest scores will be awarded with the textiles and grant. The criteria include:

  1. Innovative application of textiles – the applicant must demonstrate his/her creativity through the proposed use of Ford’s sustainable textiles based on their written statement
  2. Fashion appeal – the applicant must demonstrate his/her designs have the fashion appeal for the masses based on their portfolio and written statements
  3. Sustainability – the applicant must demonstrate their innovation in environmental sustainability based on their written statements
How can I apply?

Applicants must submit their Ford Design Grant application form online before 30 November, 2015 at 11.59pm (local time in your region).

Can I apply if I’m a foreigner living in Asia or Europe?

Yes, anyone who meets the application criteria and who currently lives in one of the regions can apply. For example, if you are an American citizen studying in China, then you are eligible to apply from Asia.

Can I apply if I’m self-taught and have no formal fashion design training and/or professional fashion design experience?

No, The Ford Design Grant is only open to students who are currently enrolled in university, or higher education schools.

What should the Grant be used for?

The Grant must be used towards the production of one outfit – using Ford’s sustainable fabrics – and towards educational purposes.

Do I need to make my own garments?

Yes, Grant winners are required to sew their own garments themselves.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my application?

Please email us here, for a response within two business days.

What will happen to outfit design after it is completed?

Ford encourages winners to exhibit the final pieces, whether in their colleges or universities, public space, or online.

Ford may borrow the finished outfits – for a minimum period of two months – made by the Grant winners and shall use these for appropriate educational and promotional uses after the Grant announcement, such as exhibitions and fashion shoots. The designer shall always be credited if and when their outfits are displayed following the grant’s completion. Ford will return the outfits to the students.

For more detailed information about this, please read the full terms and conditions

How will I know if I’m not selected?

Ford will email all unsuccessful applicants.

Can I choose the fabrics that are given to me, if I win?

Yes, the winning students will be presented with ten different sustainable fabric options.  The winners can choose a maximum of three fabrics for their designs.

How much fabric will I be give, if I win?

The winner will receive 2 meters of each selected fabric.

Who are the organizers?

The Ford Design Grant is led by Ford Motor Company.

Who are the key partners of The Ford Design Grant?

Redress is a key partner of the Ford Design Grant. Redress is an NGO with a mission to promote environmental sustainability in the fashion industry by reducing textile waste, pollution, water and energy consumption.

For more information, visit: www.redress.com.hk

What is The Redress Forum: Ford Design Challenge?

The 2016 Redress Forum: Ford Design Challenge is a three-day workshop held for the finalists at the Eco Chic Design Award competition in Hong Kong in mid-January 2016. The finalists will be asked to create one high-fashion outfit using Ford’s seat fabrics. The winner of the challenge will win a bonus HK$ 10,000.

For more information, visit: www.ecochicdesignaward.com