Each year the Ecco Domani's Fashion Foundation kicks off its annual search for fashion's brightest and most innovative new designers. Having jumpstarted the careers of designers such as Zac Posen, Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam, Rodarte, Erin Fetherston, and Alexander Wang; it is once again providing the opportunity for seven talented and inspiring designers to win a $25,000 grant to showcase their collections during New York's Fall 2012 Fashion Week. Ecco Domani has always celebrated innovation and unique style when it comes to its wine. Through this program, they are proud to support those designers who are bringing this same level of creativity to the fashion industry.
"Being selected as an Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation winner last year not only gave me a sense of validation and appreciation of my work, but it also gave me the means to further my craft to a level that I had always wished to reach," says Bibhu Mohapatra, 2011 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award recipient for women's wear. "Ecco Domani has helped create a community of talented designers through the Fashion Foundation and I look forward to meeting the next class."
In 2012 seven designers ( 4 womenswear, 1 menswear, 1 accessories, and 1 sustainable design) will be selected and given the opportunity to present their work on fashion's biggest stage - New York Fashion Week. Entrants will be asked to submit and 2-3 minute video describing their design aesthetic and why they deserve to be an Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award recipient. Interested candiates can find out more and download and application at http://www.eccodomani.com/. Closing date for submission is Friday, October 14, 2011 at 5:00pm EST. Finalists will be announced in January 2012. Complete requirements and official rules are available online.