2017 call for entries


"I am My Mother’s Only One" by 2016’s Prize Winner Julia Wright (Rhode Island School of Design)


Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort and fellow curator Philip Fimmano are pleased to announce the continuation of their international design prize, to be awarded to a textile or fashion design student who exhibits innovative thinking and inspiring creativity in textiles. The competition is open to students from any country currently enrolled in a textile, fashion or knitting course creating original fashion, interior or lifestyle textiles. Based on creativity, innovation and aesthetics, the finalists and winner will be selected by a jury.
For the second year running, the prize is proudly supported by America’s leading flooring company MOHAWK GROUP. The winner will receive $5,000 and coverage on the online interactive trend platform The prize is part of Edelkoort and Fimmano’s TALKING TEXTILES initiative that promotes textile education and creativity, with the winner announced in New York on September 14, 2017 at the TALKING TEXTILES CONFERENCE. The entire month of September is NEW YORK TEXTILE MONTH, a dynamic city-wide textile festival that promotes textile awareness. For more information, a full program will be available soon at

THE DOROTHY WAXMAN TEXTILE DESIGN PRIZE honours Dorothy Waxman, the original driving force behind Trend Union and Edelkoort Inc. in the United States and contributing reporter to the magazines “View on Colour”, “Textile View” and “Viewpoint”. Waxman’s insatiable curiosity and discerning eye for the avant-garde has inspired Edelkoort and her team for decades. Waxman also introduced the American fashion industry to European textile partners with her work at the Fashion Group. As an avid textile aficionado, she believes that creative fabrics can change the design landscape in profound ways. The prize’s previous winners were Piero d’Angelo (Royal College of Art) in 2015 and Julia Wright (Rhode Island School of Design) in 2016, both of whom continue their innovative work in textiles.
Deadline for submissions: June 19, 2017
Download the application form


NEW YORK: September 14 2017

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