University of North Texas to host national fashion competition judged by world-renowned designers

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Internationally renowned fashion experts from Paris and other cities will judge aspiring fashion designers as they compete for prestigious scholarships and internships during the Arts of Fashion 2006 national competition, hosted this month by the University of North Texas School of Visual Arts.

More than 50 students from 17 colleges and universities in the United States will vie for prizes in the competition at UNT's Denton campus. The event begins with a four-day series of master class workshops, open to registered students, on Monday, Oct. 16, through Thursday, Oct. 19. Seminars on various topics in the fashion industry - including copyright law, blogging and stage setting - will be held Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21. The competition will culminate in a Paris-style runway fashion show of students' work at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Silver Eagle Suite of UNT's University Union.

"This prestigious event will bring together faculty and students from fashion design programs of colleges and universities nationwide converging on the Denton campus to compete for international study and internship awards," said Dr. Janie Stidham, UNT associate professor of visual arts and coordinator of the fashion design program. "The UNT faculty and students are honored to host this event, which will open numerous avenues for networking, cross-cultural exchange and fashion studies. The participation of illustrious fashion VIPs as jurors, workshop leaders and speakers will greatly enrich the experience for participants as well as the UNT program."

Students will compete for the French Federation Couture Award, a one-year scholarship to the renowned Schools of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in Paris; the La Cambre Fashion Award, a six-week scholarship to the creative fashion design department of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre in Brussels, Belgium; the Anne Valerie Hash Award, a three-month internship within the Anne-Valerie Hash House in Paris; the Veronique Branquinho Award, a three-month internship within the Creative Department of Veronique Branquinho Antwept in Belgium; and the Wendy & Jim Award, a three-month internship within the Studio of Wendy & Jim (Helga Schania and Hermann Fankhauser) in Vienna, Austria.

Tickets for the fashion show can be purchased for $65 for non-reserved seating, $85 for reserved seating and $150 at the benefactor level for VIP seating. A Symposium Pass - which includes reserved seating for the fashion show and all four seminars on Oct. 20 and 21 - can be purchased for $35. Students may purchase a Symposium Pass for non-reserved seating for the fashion show and the four seminars for $35. To purchase tickets, visit

The Arts of Fashion Foundation is a nonprofit organization created in December 2001 as the U.S. extension of the world-renowned Concours International des Jeunes Createurs de Mode (International Contest of Young Creators of Fashion). The foundation is directed by Nathalie Doucet, a fashion design professor and consultant based in San Francisco.

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