Call for sustainable fashion designers: Fashion Council Germany


Fashion Council Germany has just set up a mentoring programme to promote up-and-coming talent and fashion labels that focus on sustainability and are resident in Germany. Applications are now open.


With the German Sustain Concept, the Fashion Council Germany (FCG) has launched a new programme to support young designers and fashion labels focusing on sustainability in partnership with Neonyt, the global hub for fashion, sustainability and innovation by Messe Frankfurt, Bikini Berlin and Applications for the development programme are now being accepted by the FCG. The closing date for applications is 31 December, 2018.

In January 2019, the ten finalists will present their brands and concepts to a judging panel made up of high-calibre representatives from the industry. These representatives will choose three winners who will then participate in an comprehensive coaching programme run by the Fashion Council Germany. The programme includes workshops on the themes of sourcing, distribution, marketing and business as well as acting as an intermediary to establish contact to relevant market participants. In the final phase, the designers, supported by specialist coaches, will actively implement what they have learnt and present their results. 


The aim of the FCG German Sustain Concept is to establish the three winners successfully on the market over the long term.



Images from fashion show "Greenshowroom Selected", July 2018. © Alexander Koemer / Getty Images for MBFW.


As Mandie Bienek, Member of the Board of the FCG, says: "It is a particular honour for the Council to advise and promote Germany's creative talent and at the same time strengthen Germany's position as a fashion location for the future. Thanks to our members in the field of media, sales, retail and industry, we can use tailored support programmes to smooth the way to a successful future for new talent. A future in which sustainability will no doubt dominate the everyday workings of the fashion industry".


"Together with the players in the industry, we want to change fashion. Fresh ideas and the progressive approaches of young designers are a firm part of this" - says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt.


+ Terms and conditions regarding applications: Fashion Council Germany