• All applicants have to register and then log in to fill in an application form to submit their entry
  • All applicants will have to submit the complete application package by 12th of December, 2018
  • Announcement of shortlisted applicants for assessment by an expert jury will be announced tentatively in December, 2018
  • The shortlisted applicants will showcase their collection in a final round to the jury at LFW in January 2019 during the Sustainable Fashion Day, where the jury will announce a final winner

  • The applicant(s) must be a citizen of India: Holding a valid ID/passport
  • 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's venture/business must have no more than 8 years of professional experience, post completion of relevant education (if applicable)
  • The applicant should be able to fund 2-5 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 alternate dyes, to using recycled textile or other waste, reducing natural resource consumption and improving efficiencies in production – 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 and in the production of the collection
  • 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 production process as raw material for any other product or industry
  • The lead applicant(s) should consciously drive a positive impact on the environment & society in one or more of the following ways:
    • The concept/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. 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
    • The concept/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.
  • Applicants to the Circular Design Challenge [“Challenge”] may submit their entries to the Challenge between November 10, 2018 and December 12, 2018. Entries received before or after the specified period will not be considered and shall be deemed null and void without requirement of any further intimation by CDC organizers ( “Organizers”)
  • 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 8 concepts/solutions to be presented to the jury panel on Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakmè Fashion Week [LFW] in January 2019 (“Finalists”). One winner will be chosen from the shortlist to showcase their collection on Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakmè Fashion Week in August 2019 (“Winner”).
  • All submitted entries and data will in their entirety become the sole property of the Organizers upon submission and will be available for promotional dissemination by the Organizers.
  • The Organizers can showcase the creations of the Finalists on the models of their choice.
  • All submitted artwork must be new, original creations designed by the applicant and shall not infringe upon and/or contain any material that will infringe upon any third party rights including rights in intellectual property and must not have been previously shown in public.
  • The prize money will be given to the lead applicants and the Organizers shall not be responsible for any financial obligation between consortium partners.
  • People listed as providers/partners of components will be considered as collaboration partners of this 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
  • Finalists will be required to present 2-5 sample garments which will be considered for the Jury shortlist.
  • Please note the garments submitted should be sample pieces, any loss of the garment will not be borne by the
  • All applications submitted in accordance with these terms & condition will be evaluated by a jury panel in an advisory capacity only, in accordance with its applicable parameters. The Organizers reserve the sole right to select and declare the Finalists and Winner of the Challenge which decision shall be final and binding on the applicant. The Organizers accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment of any kind suffered by any Finalist or Winner applicant in entering the Challenge including as a result of any such applicant being shortlisted as a Finalist or not, or being declared a Winner or not.
  • The applicant will not use the name of Lakmè Fashion Week, or any partners of the Challenge in advertising for commercial or non-commercial purpose in any manner whatsoever, without the written permission of the Organizers.
  • The Organizers shall be entitled to withdraw the Challenge at any time without any liability to the applicant and/or 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.
  • All applications submitted in accordance with these terms & condition will be evaluated for the Circular Design Challenge.
  • The applicant shall hold the Organizers, their affiliates, group companies, employees, officers, directors harmless from and against any injury/damage/harm/loss etc. suffered by them, in any manner whatsoever in connection with participating in this challenge and waive all rights to file any applications and/ or proceedings in any courts or forum in India to claim any damages or relief.
  • Organizers reserves the right in its absolute discretion to disqualify any applicant if it has reasonable grounds to believe that such applicant has breached any of the above Terms and Conditions, any applicable law (including copyright law) or has otherwise infringed the intellectual property of any other person.