StyleWeek Plants a SEED

Part of what gives Providence its creative cutting edge is the presence of the colleges and universities. Every year,  thousands of young, motivated students are hard at work in our city, and …

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Part of what gives Providence its creative cutting edge is the presence of the colleges and universities. Every year,  thousands of young, motivated students are hard at work in our city, and they can be a powerful resource for new ideas. (For evidence, see the student-run A Better World By Design conference at Brown and RISD.) Now StyleWeek Providence is trying to leverage that resource to find the future of fashion through SEED, a new student design competition.

Fifteen designs were chosen from hundreds submitted by students in local and regional schools like University of Rhode Island, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, School of Fashion Design in Boston and Massachusetts College of Art. On January 24, those designs will grace the StyleWeek stage at the Providence Biltmore in a competition judged by five industry professionals. Judges include Bob Grant of event sponsor Swarovski Crystal; Lisa Pierpoint, founder of Boston lifestyle website Boldfacers.com; designer Daniela Corte; Good Morning Providence anchor Doreen Scanlon; Paul Brooks, Chairman of the Providence Tourism Council; and Boston television journalist Elizabeth Hopkins (formerly of Fox Providence's Rhode Show).

The winning designer will receive a $500 cash prize, along with an installation at StyleWeek Spring/Summer 2013, and two months of marketing/PR representation from StyleWeek. Buy tickets and learn more at StyleWeek's website.