We The Makers Design Festival - Designer Showcase

A UNESCO City of Design festival, We The Makers is a major new biennial Design Festival from the National Wool Museum in Geelong that showcases the work of makers, designers and artists.

We The Makers Design Festival invites fashion designers, makers and artists to make headwear, neckwear (scarves), bodywear and footwear for the Festival.

Entry is free – with a Designer Showcase highlighting the work of professional and emerging fashion designers, and a Makers Marketplace showcasing established makers, designers and artists to those just starting out.

All participants are to respond to the Festival's 2020 theme: ‘Design for the Future: Sustainable and Ethical Textiles and Fashion’.

With major cash prizes and professional development opportunities up for grabs – now is the time to start thinking about what you are going to make!

Are you a professional or emerging fashion designer?

The National Wool Museum has just announced a major Designer Showcase as part of We The Makers Design Festival.

This showcase will feature the work of 20 top professional and emerging fashion designers from across Australia and around the world - whose work responds to the We The Makers Festival's theme:“Design for the Future: Sustainable and Ethical Textiles and Fashion”.

Each entrant is required to enter a “look” (head to toe) that responds to the festival theme - with the "Designer of the Year" set to win a $10,000 AUD cash prize.

Entries will be judged on their ability to design and redefine sustainable and ethical textiles.

All entries must be available to be showcased at the National Wool Museum for the entirety of the We the Makers Design Festival (15 May to 4 October 2020).

The top twenty entries will be selected and invited to take part in the Designer Showcase. No items will be for sale. Designers are responsible for transport of garments to and from the Museum. Using wool is not a requirement of entry.

All designers selected into the Designer Showcase go in the running to win major cash prizes and professional development opportunities - with further details to be announced later in 2019.

Have an inquiry? Email: nwminfo@geelongcity.vic.gov.au

How to enter

  1. Make: Make one “look” head to toe that responds to the Festival theme.
  2. Document: Remember that we are all makers, so part of the entry must include a short video (up to 60 sec) and 3 high-res “work in progress” images.
  3. Enter: Complete the entry form and submit it online along with the requested supporting materials, including images, videos and descriptions.
  4. Wait: First round judging will take place to select the top twenty entries that will go in the running for cash prizes.
  5. Send: Upon hearing from the National Wool Museum send in your entry to the National Wool Museum.
  6. Celebrate: Come to the We the Makers launch on 14 May 2020 to see if you become Designer of the Year.

Key dates

Entries open: 25 November 2019
Entries close: 2 March 2020
First round judging of online entries: 9 March 2020
Top twenty entrants notified: 16 March 2020
Final date for delivery of top twenty entries: 6 April 2020
Festival opening and awards: 14 May 2020
Festival opens: 15 May 2020
Festival closes: 4 October 2020

Entry fees

There are no entry fees for the Designer Showcase. However, all entries must be available to be exhibited at the National Wool Museum for the entire duration of the We The Makers Design Festival.

All entrants must cover the cost of postage to the National Wool Museum for the exhibition.

The National Wool Museum will cover the postage for the return of items.


Enter now


More information, including further announcements about cash prizes and professional development awards coming soon.

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Page last updated: Monday, 25 November 2019