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IODF links with leather design contest as ArtsThread announces 2022 judges

May 31, 2022

The Institute of Digital Fashion (IODF) has announced that it’s partnering with Real Leather. Stay Different. International Student Design Competition 2022 (RLSD 22) run in partnership with ArtsThread.

IODF's founders Cattytay and Leanne Elliott Young

It comes as ArtsThread also reveals the list of industry judges participating in this year’s Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci

But first, RLSD 22. The IODF partnership“aims to democratise education through a new discourse on fashion futures” and its IRL x URL academy is delivering a free digital futures and sustainability workshop, “aiming to empower global students of tomorrow”.

The workshop will take place on 15 June and is open to fashion students globally to “give them the opportunity to better understand the future of digital design, its sustainability benefits and how metaverse innovations can be implemented within their creative practices to further reduce waste”.

IODF co-founders, Leanne Elliott Young and Cattytay will also be part of the judging panel of this year’s RLSD 22 global final, which takes place in London on 15 September, alongside Hugo Boss Ticino MD Christopher Koerber, and Mulberry’s sustainability manager Rosie Wollacott Phillips.

As part of the prize package, IODF will create a digital asset of the apparel category winner’s work, “enabling the design to come to life through an innovative AR try-on that can be experienced digitally”.

The competition is open to students studying art and design and recent graduates. Entries are being accepted until 30 June.

They’ll need to design a single piece of clothing, footwear or accessory. Shortlisted finalists will present their design concept to the judges during a live showcase final, with an all-expenses paid trip to London, during Fashion Week in September. 

Meanwhile, ArtsThread itself has announced the judges for its 2022 Global Design Graduate Show. 

It will be the third year of this particular event with ArtsThread saying the inaugural one in 2020 “was the first ever online showcase of the world’s leading emerging artists and designers and was created as a proactive response to the cancellation of end of year student exhibitions worldwide due to the pandemic”.

The fashion, accessories and textiles section of the show/contest will be judged by an eminent panel including Balmain senior denim designer Angela Fusco, PV’s fashion director Desolina Suter, editor and fashion commentator Dylan Jones, textile futurist Helen palmer of WGSN, Jennie Rosen of the Swedish Fashion Council, Katie Greenyer who’s Pentland Brands creative director, Tommy Hilfiger's chief design officer Lee Holman, Marimekko creative director Rebekka Bay, and many more.

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