Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Call for designers: Fresh Fruits Basket fashion show

I just received this call for designers from Samantha Rei of Blasphemina's Closet. for the annual Fresh Fruits Basket Fashion Show at MCAD on September 25 (during MNfashion Week). How exciting! I went last year and it is always an inspiring evening.

[Flyer from last year's show]

Call for Designers

6th Annual Fresh Fruits Basket fashion show

SCHOOLGIRLS AND MOBILESUITS: CULTURE AND CREATION IN MANGA AND ANIME (SGMS) is seeking fashion designers to showcase their designs in the 6th Annual Fresh Fruits Basket fashion show, at MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art and Design). SGMS is an academic conference dedicated to the understanding of manga and anime, which communicates with and presents the work of anime/manga artists, authors, publishers, and academics. SGMS’ audience is a diverse combination of anime and manga students, academics, and industry professionals.

SGMS is devoting the first night of the conference (Friday, September 25, 2009) to the exploration of connections between fashion/lifestyle and/or costume and anime and/or manga. A significant part of this evening is the runway fashion show—Fresh Fruits Basket fashion show. The mission of this fashion show is to visually explore the connections between anime/manga and fashion.

Each designer will be asked to submit drawings or photos of 3-4 designs. Upon being accepted, you will be entered into the designer showcase. The SGMS FFB show will consist of 6-8 showcase designers and 4 guest designers.

All designers are welcome to submit designs for the Fresh Fruits Basket fashion show. Submitted fashion designs must relate to the focus of the conference: anime and manga. Welcome genres of street fashion include: gothic, Lolita, gyaru/gyaru-o, cyber, steampunk, decora, yanki, punk, club, Visual Kei, Bōsōzoku, erokawa, Oshare Kei, hime-gyaru, oiji-sama/kodona/neo-dandy, etc.

NOTE: exact replicas of musicians, anime and manga costumes/dress, i.e. cosplay, are not appropriate for the fashion show. Deadline for submissions August 14th.

Please submit your cards or photos directly to Samantha so that she may forward them on to designers.

Submitted fashion designs are evaluated and chosen according to the following criteria:
1) designs relate to the SGMS focus: anime, manga, Japanese pop culture, street fashion
2) originality/ creativity/ innovation
3) quality of designs (i.e., cohesive, construction, and engagement)

Accepted fashion designs will be included in 5th Annual Fresh Fruits Basket runway fashion show, the evening of September 25, 2009, at MCAD.

Accepted fashion designers must secure their own models, stylists, and make-up/ hair persons. If you will need help finding models, stylists, and make-up/ hair persons, please contact us immediately for a list of resources (no later than September 5th or we'll assume you have your needs in order) so that we may find the appropriate staff. Out of state and International designers should contact Samantha R Sangster

Submissions and questions? Email to Samantha R. Sangster at:
Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits: Culture and Creation in Manga and Anime is organized by: Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Stevens Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

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