STYLEWEEK (SWNE) was created with the vision of connecting buyers and press with emerging design talent. SEED: Innovation meets Education Student Competition features even earlier work.

STYLEWEEK works directly with universities and colleges to identify the most driven talent to partake in this competition. These students then come together for one show where they are judged by an industry panel of fashion and press professionals. Showcasing student work is a powerful tool for resourcing new ideas for the future of fashion in the Northeast. It provides students with their first experience of a professional trade runway show and prepares them for what’s to come and how to cultivate their brand in the industry.

The competition is biannual and is held during STYLEWEEK Northeast every February and September. Past participating institutions include; Rhode Island School of Design; Rhode Island College; Mass Art; LaSalle University; Roger Williams University; Johnson and Wales; University of Rhode Island, Fashion Institute of Design and the School of Fashion Design Boston.

This February, SEED: Innovation Meets Education Student Competition will be partnering with the Lincoln School located in Providence, Rhode Island for the 6th biannual challenge happening during Season 14 of STYLEWEEK Northeast. The SEED Student Design Challenge will kick off opening night of STYLEWEEK Northeast on February 21st, 2018 and will showcase the creations of three hand-selected Lincoln School students. These garments will be constructed with recylced materials influenced by the STEAM hub program; science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Willa Summers, Grade 12, Maeve McEnroe, Grade 11, and Brigitte Lynch-Johnson, Grade 9, will be the participating students in this coming Februarys’ challenge. The students will be constructing one garment each comprised fully of recycled materials. The students will present each of their designs on the runway, while a video of each designer explaining her inspiration, concept, and technique plays in the background. After each design is exhibited, seven industry professionals will be critiquing each student designer’s garments in front of the audience of attendees.

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