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A dramatic yet sustainable twopiece outfit of structured capsleeve top and tulip skirt by Kévin Germanier and Yvonne Tsai for Ford

A dramatic yet sustainable twopiece outfit of structured capsleeve top and tulip skirt by Kévin Germanier and Yvonne Tsai for Ford

Ford launches ‘eco-fashion’ design grant for students
In a search to discover and support sustainable designers of the future, Ford Motor Company has launched its first-ever Ford Design Grant, which will be open for fashion design students from Europe and Asia.

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With a financial grant of $1,000, young and aspiring Filipino designers are invited to join.

With the Philippines having its own creative pool of budding fashion designers, Ford Philippines is confident that this grant will be a good platform for young designers to showcase their talent and creativity in creating “eco-fashion.”

“We’re very excited with launching the first Ford Design Grant in the Philippines. Not only does it provide the opportunity for young Filipino fashion designers to showcase their talent, it also allows us to think beyond the box and innovate by stretching our imagination to make use of car materials in fashion. The Filipino talent shines in the global fashion arena and we look forward to seeing some great applications from the Philippines,” said Joseph Ayllon, assistant vice president for communications, Ford Philippines.

Three will be selected as winners and asked to use the grant to develop a high-fashion outfit with fabrics provided by Ford, to showcase runway-ready designs that have minimal environmental impact. The students will be provided with a collection of sustainable fabrics, one of which is made from recycled plastic bottles and utilized to make Ford car seats.

This oversized kimono is created entirely from an earthy color palette of Ford seat fabrics by designers Veronica Lee and Amandah Andersson

This oversized kimono is created entirely from an earthy color palette of Ford seat fabrics by designers Veronica Lee and Amandah Andersson

“Here at Ford, we recognize the critical impact of design on the environment and are always looking for innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Chelsia Lau, chief designer, Strategic Concepts Group, Ford Motor Company. “Over the past decade we’ve found more ways to build greener cars, using eco-friendly materials like recycled plastic bottles, shredded cotton, kenaf, wheat straw, soy beans and castor oil.”

Besides giving young designers an opportunity to display their skills and creativity, the grant is also an effort to raise awareness on the importance of sustainability in design.

“Through this grant, we want to encourage students to be creative and innovative in their work by experimenting with alternative fabrics, as well as enlighten them to have a different perspective about fashion production. By giving students these resources and tools, we are helping to shape the next generation of leaders in sustainable design,” said Lau.

Applications for the Ford Design Grant are now available at the Ford Design Grant website: www.digitalsnippets.ford.com/fordgrant. Deadline of submission of applications is on November 30 and the announcement of grant winners will be made in January 2016.

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