ITS Contest 2023

Born to Create

ITS Contest 2023 is one of the world’s leading platforms for emerging creative talent in fashion, accessories and jewellery design.

Finalists are selected by an international Jury composed of fashion industry leaders, artists, stylists, photographers and editors. They benefit from global media exposure, professional opportunities and mentoring, as well as financial awards.

Creative and artistic directors such as Demna, Matthieu Blazy, Nicolas di Felice and Richard Quinn are just some of the competition’s 670 alumni.

Watch the launch video

Rebellious, unconventional, revolutionary: that’s what life is. A strange and improbable occurence, when order was created out of disorder in a universe verging on disgregation. As living beings, our innate talent is to perceive order. Everytime we imagine, everytime we take a different, unpredictable path, we are subverting the flow of events: a revolution starts, and a new world is created. So, if life is the ultimate act of rebellion, then creativity is our tool. And we were born to use this tool. We were born to create.

ITS Contest 2023 Timeline

May 10th

Launch of ITS Contest 2023

Applications open

May 10th

September 10th

Application deadline

Last day to submit the online application form

September 10th

November 22nd

Finalists announcement

The ITS Contest Jury announces the finalists

November 22nd

March 17th - 21st

ITS Residency

Finalists participate in workshops and seminars with industry professionals

March 17th - 21st

March 22nd

Award Ceremony

Presentation of the Winners and of the ITS Contest Fashion Movie

March 22nd

March 23rd

Exhibition Openings

Opening of "The Many Lives of a Garment" and "Born to Create" Exhibits

March 23rd


ITS Residency Documentary

Publication online of the short film documenting the finalists' Residency


Applicants will be considered
for the following Awards:

ITS Arcademy Award 2023

€15,000 to the most creative, socially aware and innovative finalist project.

ITS Jury Special Award

€5,000 Awarded at the discretion of the ITS Contest Jury to a fashion, accessories, jewellery or artwork finalist.

ITS Community Award

€5,000 awarded by the public to a fashion, accessories, jewellery or artwork finalist

ITS Fashion Film Award

€3,000 awarded by ITS to the best fashion film, selected among all ITS Contest applications.

ITS Digital Fashion Award

€3,000 awarded by ITS to the best digital fashion project selected among all ITS Contest applications.

GO!25 Borderless Award powered by Regione FVG 

€10,000 and the opportunity to be featured in a dedicated exhibition at ITS Arcademy – Museum of Art in Fashion.

ITS Artwork Award powered by Swatch Art Peace Hotel

€10,000 assigned by Swatch Art Peace Hotel, upon selection among the ITS Contest participants.

ITS Special Mention powered by Vogue Eyewear part of EssilorLuxottica

€5,000 awarded by Vogue Eyewear part of EssilorLuxottica to the most deserving project, upon selection among ITS Contest participants.

ITS Sportswear Award powered by Lotto Sport

€3,000, €2,000 and €1,000 awarded by Lotto Sport to three winners challenged with a sneakers project.

ITS Challenge The Status Quo Award powered by WRÅD

An award for design projects which are ethical and innovative as they are informed by a critical research on the role of apparel today.

Redefining the functionality of a garment is, as a matter of fact, quintessential to the preservation of life on the planet; an exciting opportunity to embark on a journey to visit some of the world’s most innovative companies. The tour, guided by Matteo Ward will include visits at: a) Moda e Futurismo: Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Firenze. b) Moda e Funzione: D-Air Lab, Vicenza. c) Moda e Progettazione: WRÅD Studio, Vicenza. d) Moda e Innovazione: D-House Lab, Milano. Hospitality costs will be covered by WRÅD.

ITS Responsible Creativity Award powered by CNMI

€5,000 awarded by CNMI – Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and selected from all ITS Contest entries.

ITS Accessories Award powered by Fondazione Ferragamo

€5,000 and a collaboration with one of the Ferragamo Creative Departments, awarded to one of the ITS Contest 2023 accessories entries.

ITS Special Mention powered by PITTI Immagine Tutoring & Consulting

A 6 month mentorship by the PITTI Immagine Tutoring & Consulting Direction.

ITS Special Mention powered by Fondazione Sozzani

The winner will be hosted at Fondazione Sozzani with a solo exhibition

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