HOW TO APPLY TO THE
CIRCULAR DESIGN CHALLENGE?
- All applicants must fill the Application Form to submit their entry.
- Applicants to CDC must submit the form and a concept in the template provided in the form.
- All applicants will have to submit the complete application by 2nd February 2021.
- An internal selection committee will evaluate the applications through a predetermined evaluation criteria and shortlist upto 6 finalists from all complete applications.
- The finalists will be mentored, groomed and supported in developing and presenting their collections to an esteemed panel of judges at the final showcase & pitch on Sustainable Fashion Day – Lakmé Fashion Week.
- The applicant(s) company must be officially registered in India and must be atleast one year old.
- We accept individual applications as well as applications from consortiums. The lead applicant of the consortium has to be a professional or team of professionals (up to 4) and is responsible for curating the final collection together.
- The lead applicant must have no more than 8 years of professional experience, post completion of relevant education (if applicable).
- The applicant should be able to fund 4 pieces of garments for the final presentation at LFW.
- The applicant(s) should be willing to collaborate with innovators and entrepreneurs in the circular fashion space and will have to declare the primary & secondary sources of their final collection.
- The lead applicant(s) should incorporate in their design circular components across the textile value chain. The value chain begins at the fibre/yarn stage, moving on to knitting & weaving, then printing & dyeing, manufacturing and the use of pre-consumer or production waste, on to retail and rental, to the post-consumer stage. Based on this value chain, circular components across the value chain could for instance, range from including innovative alternative dyes, to using recycled textile or other waste-based materials, reducing natural resource consumption and improving efficiencies in production through the production process – among others.
- A higher point allocation will be made to concepts/solutions that take into account multiple sustainable and circular elements across the value chain.
- The lead applicant(s) should be able to demonstrate circularity in the true sense in one or more of the following ways:
- The concept/solution should be made to ensure zero waste, efficient raw material utilization, and environmentally-friendly and sustainable production
- The applicant should also highlight how the end product can be put back into the value chain as raw material for any other product or industry
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
- The lead applicant(s) should consciously drive a positive impact on the environment & society in one or more of the following ways:
- The product/solution should be able to improve livelihood conditions for providers and partners, and support improvements in socio-economic conditions for workers, artisans, and local communities on a medium to large scale. Positive impacts on society could range from imparting skills/upskilling local communities and engaging them in production, to creating employment, or promoting and sustaining better working conditions for them.
- The product/solution should ensure positive impact on the environment by reducing waste production, pollution, water consumption, and energy utilization. Reductions in environmental impact could be across the value chain, for instance in the manufacturing process or in the printing and dyeing segment of the value chain. Waste reduction could take place at the manufacturing/pre-consumer stage, or at the post-consumer stage. These environmental and social impacts must be direct results of the applicant’s work rather than indirect benefits such as those gained from using material that is already ethically sourced, etc.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
- The 'Sustainable Development Goals' (SDGs) were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. These 17 SDGs are integrated—that is, they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability. The lead applicant(s) to CDC should consciously adhere to UN Sustainable Development Goals as listed in the illustration below and mention the goals their product/solution is adhering to, in the application form. The product/solution should be able to uphold some SDG's and their linkages to development areas as mentioned in the application form.
- Applicants to the Circular Design Challenge [“CDC”] may submit their entries to the challenge by 2nd February 2021
- Each applicant or consortium may only submit one (1) entry. Applicants who submit multiple entries, use false names or multiple e-mail addresses will be disqualified immediately.
- From the eligible entries, the jury will shortlist a maximum of 6 applications to be presented to the jury panel on Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakmè Fashion Week [LFW] in March 2021. One winner will be chosen by the jury, from the shortlist to showcase their collection on Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakmè Fashion Week in August 2021.
- All data is available for dissemination by CDC and its partners.
- All information provided is usable by CDC - submitted entries will in their entirety become the sole property of CDC upon submission and will not be returned to the applicant after the challenge is completed.
- CDC can showcase the creations on the models of their choice.
- All submitted artwork must be original creations designed by the applicant and must not have been previously shown in public. Any plagiarism will lead to immediate disqualification.
- The prize money will be given to the lead applicants and Circular Design Challenge ["CDC"] is not responsible for any financial obligation between consortium partners.
- People listed as providers/partners of components will be considered as collaboration partners of the application.
- Applicants should have less than eight years of professional experience when they first apply to the challenge.
- Applicants can earn higher scores during judging if they demonstrate the inclusion of multiple circular elements across the value chain and production process.
- Once the applicant has been selected, they will be asked to submit 4-6 sample garments from their forthcoming collection which will be considered for the Jury shortlist.
- Any loss of the garment won’t be borne by the Circular Design Challenge.
- The jury panel is there in an advisory capacity only. There may be certain cases where CDC feels a particular applicant may or may not be suitable for the CDC award, and CDC reserves the final say.
- The applicant will not use the name of Lakme Fashion Week, or any partners of the Circular Design Challenge in advertising without the written permission of CDC.
- CDC shall be entitled to modify each of these terms & conditions and/or to impose new rules and regulations in respect of the challenge at any time for any reason, without prior notice and without any liability whatsoever. The modified and/or newly imposed terms & conditions will be effective immediately upon release on the website.
- The invalidity of any clause of these terms & conditions shall not affect the enforceability and/or validity of any other clause of these terms & conditions.
- All applications submitted in accordance with these terms & condition will be evaluated for the Circular Design Challenge.