DEAR FTA APPLICANT,
Fashion Trust Arabia is an annual non-profit organization that aims to provide financial support and business support as well as international recognition to the dynamic fashion designers in the MENA region. Fashion Trust Arabia launched in September 2018 under the patronage of HH Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser as Honorary Chair and co-Chaired by HE Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani and Tania Fares (Founder of Fashion Trust). FTA is the only initiative of its kind operating in the Arab world, dedicated to finding and nurturing talented designers.
Applications are open to designers in the below womenswear categories:
- Evening Wear
- Ready to Wear (RTW)
- Accessories (Shoes/Bags)
- Jewelry (Fine Jewelry/Fashion Jewelry)
- Debut Talent (Arab Fashion Design Graduates 2018-2019)
For the Evening Wear, Ready to Wear, Accessories, and Jewelry categories – Applicants must be in business for a minimum of 2 to 10 years. Winners of these categories will receive a financial grant up to $200,000 for key areas of business development. Grants are tailored to each winner in line with their brand objectives. Winners will also receive a personalized 1-year mentoring program delivered by FTA’s retail partners and a global network of industry professionals, covering a variety of topics relevant to fashion businesses. FTA’s international collaborating retailers will also stock the collections of the winning designers on their retail platforms.
Debut Talent is a new category for applicants who have recently graduated university with a design degree and are beginning to launch their professional career. Applicants must be involved in womenswear and are required to submit their newly completed graduate collection via portfolio and images for consideration. The winner will receive a financial grant to help jump start their business as well as a tailored mentorship program from industry figures and partners to develop their brand. The award is named after Franca Sozzani, who was known for supporting talent in the MENA region.
Arab based designers are invited to fill out the below application in the hopes of being awarded the FTA Prize. Applications are open from July 2019 till end of November 2019. After application closing, the FTA Advisory Board will review all the applications submitted and select the finalists for FTA 2020 across the 5 categories.
The finalists will present their collections to FTA’s Judging Panel of international industry leaders at FTA’s Judging Day in Doha, Qatar. The Judges will collectively select the winning designers and celebrate their achievement at FTA’s Awards Ceremony in the presence of HH Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser.