Call for Entries: Kaleidoscope Fashion Show

A fusion of fiber, texture, and color

The Competition

Fashion trends are changing constantly, along with knit and crochet. We want to see your new, original designs!

We are looking for six designers of any age or background to be a part of the Kaleidoscope Fashion Show at Vogue Knitting LIVE New York on January 17 at 6:15 PM. The judges come from a wide range of backgrounds, and have come together to find garments that are the best fusion of fiber, texture, and color.

Submission Rules & Guidelines

All entries will be judged anonymously by the judges. Accepted designers will then be mentored by either Louis Boria, Saraha Briscoe, Gregory Stitch, or Nancy Ricci, to refine their designs and get them show-ready. The accepted designers' final pieces will walk the runway in the Kaleidoscope Fashion Show, which will feature garments designed by the mentors as well.
 
 
  • Applicants must submit a total of 3 pieces to be considered for the show
  • One of the pieces must be a sweater, jacket/coat, or dress; the other two pieces could be a shawl/wrap or hat. Hats should be paired with another garment or knit/crochet accessory. We invite you to design for bodies of all shapes.
  • For each design, please submit either: a photo of the front and back of each piece, or detailed sketches of the concept, including front and back. Note that the mentors may request reworking of parts even of a finished design.
  • Each design must be an original design, designed by the designer 
  • And who says knit and crochet can only be done with fiber? In this fashion show, we invite our designers to think outside the boxyou have the option of incorporating different textiles, like leather and suede (or vegan), beading, wire, and more.
  • All finalists will have one garment featured in a future issue of Vogue Knitting. Garment featured will be at the discretion of Vogue Knitting. 

The Judges

Louis Boria

 

Forty-four-year-old Puerto Rican knitwear designer Louis Boria, aka Brooklyn Boy Knits, was born and raised in Brooklyn. Active with community leaders and public schools in New York City to bring fiber arts into schools and organizations, Louis has worked in the fiber arts industry for more than ten years. His designs are bold, colorful, and inspired by the city he loves, New York. He says, “I find inspiration all over this city. Whether it’s on the subway, down city streets ,or over the bridge, Inspiration is everywhere. But it’s the people of my city that inspire me the most.”

Sahara Briscoe

 

Sahara Briscoe is an internationally prominent textile developer and fabricator. Coming from 3 generations of seamstresses and tailors, she taught herself to knit at age seven using two pencils. Enamored with all things yarn and fabric, Sahara went on to attend high school and college as a Fashion Design major, then worked for a while as a pattern maker in the Garment District. But it was getting her dream job as a young sales associate at School Products in New York City and learning machine knitting in the 80s that reignited her love for yarn and knit fabric. She has designed and developed knit fabrics for companies from Liz Claiborne to Ralph Lauren Menswear, and sweaters for GAP, The Limited, and Macy’s private label, plus she designed and fabricated knitted costumes for the theater. Sahara is currently developing a hush-hush project of “enhanced knit and crocheted blankets” aimed at wellness.

Thomas Gregory Hamilton

 

Atlanta native Thomas Gregory Hamilton, aka Gregory Stitch, always had an interest in fashion, and he studied and researched designers such as Versace, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, and his all-time favorite, Roberto Cavali. He put his passion for fashion on hold to pursue his dance career, but in 2011 when his mother, Linda Marie Truitt, passed away, he discovered the art of crochet. It became therapy to deal with his loss. Soon Gregory began making and selling scarves and hats, and from there he moved on to hoodies, sweaters, suits, and dresses. In February 2019, Gregory Stitch debuted a collection at New York Fashion Week! The future is still waiting to be written.

Nancy Ricci

 

Nancy Ricci began her career in corporate business in her hometown of Amsterdam, but in time she found her passion, knitting and crochet. A designer from the get-go, she has produced knitwear designs for cashmere company Jade Sapphire, been published in Knit Purl magazine, Malabrigo Book #8, Vogue Knitting, and self-publishes regularly. She has taught knitting in yarn shops for the past twelve years; since 2011 she has been part of the Knitty City team in New York City.

Carla Scott

 

A knitter since age seven, Carla Scott is the Editor in Chief of Vogue Knitting and Knit Simple magazines, both published by Soho Publishing Co. She has been working with Vogue Knitting magazine since 1982 and has enjoyed hosting the VK International Tours for the past ten years. She created and edited the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary series and is closely involved in the various knitting books published by Sixth&Spring, including the recently revised Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book. Her career in the hand-knitting industry spans more than 35 years, working for various yarn companies, knitting magazines, and book publishers in New York City. Carla lives in Manhattan with her husband; their daughter is a recent college graduate and also a knitter.

All entries must be received by October 20, 2019 at 11:59 PM. Designers selected for the Kaleidoscope Fashion Show by the panel of judges will be notified starting October 22.  If you do not hear from Vogue Knitting by October 25, we regret to inform you that you have not been selected. Selected designers will hear from their mentors by October 23, and work on the final pieces will commence. High-resolution photographs of the finished pieces must be submitted by December 2 to be included in the fashion show program, or we will include your original sketch. The finished garments are due to the Vogue Knitting offices no later than January 6, 2020.
 
Vogue Knitting and Soho Publishing LLC are not responsible for shipping costs or any loss or tampering to the garment during shipping or at Vogue Knitting LIVE, though we will take every care to handle the garment delicately. At the conclusion of the Kaleidoscope Fashion Show, designers are able to take their garments with them, and Vogue Knitting will not own any rights to the garment or the pattern. 

Finalists are not required to attend Vogue Knitting LIVE New York, and Vogue Knitting is not responsible for transportation, lodging, or meals. 

Vogue Knitting and Soho Publishing LLC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by law. 

Questions? Contact contests@vogueknitting.com 

Entry Form

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