AATCC Announces 2021 Fashion Evolution Design Competition

Updated: Aug 19

By Fibre2Fashion


AATCC, a US-based leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals, has invited students to showcase their design talents to win cash and recognition by participating in the Concept 2 Consumer Student Design Competition. This year’s theme, Fashion Evolution is celebrating a century focused on the future, showcasing AATCC’s 100th birthday.

From the 1920s, when AATCC was founded, to the present day, students will be asked to choose a decade from the last 100 years and reinvent the fashions for the 2020 decade, focusing on one or more of the following: fit/sizing for various body types; sustainable fashion; personal protection; and new textile materials/technology.


Students will be asked to: research one chosen decade and related apparel products from that time period; design an apparel line (3-5 designs) that is influenced by a chosen past decade’s style and reinvented for the 2020 decade. Choose one or more focus areas to incorporate into designs; and incorporate one or more surface designs (print pattern, woven design, knit design, etc) within the apparel line.

The 1st place award will have $1,000 from AATCC. Cash prize of $750 and $200 will be presented to the 2nd and 3rd place winners from AATCC.

Entries are open till April 4, 2021. Winners will be announced by May 31, 2021.


The original AATCC press release is available here. AATCC (the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists) is an associate SPESA member.


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