Open Call Talking Textiles
Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Prize
Deadline: 30.06.2021

Open Call Talking Textiles<br>Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Prize<br>Deadline: 30.06.2021

Work by the winner of the Dorothy Waxmann Prize 2020 Jacob Olmedo (detail)



Li Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano are pleased to announce the 6th edition of the Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Prize, awarded to a current or recently graduated student in Textiles or Fashion who exhibits sustainable thinking and innovative creativity in textiles.

The prize is part of Edelkoort and Fimmano’s TALKING TEXTILES initiative that promotes textile education and creativity. The US $5,000 award is proudly provided by Mohawk Group, one of America’s foremost flooring companies and a leader in sustainability. The winner will be announced at the end of September 2021.

The finalists will present their work online in front of a professional jury on Zoom at the beginning

of September 2021. The finalists’ work will be featured in various online and social media platforms throughout September 2021.

The Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Prize honors Dorothy Waxman, the original driving force behind Trend Union and Edelkoort Inc. in the United States and a contributing reporter to the magazines View on Colour, Textile View and Viewpoint. Waxman’s insatiable curiosity and discerning eye for the avant-garde has inspired Edelkoort and the Trend Union team for decades. Waxman also introduced the American fashion industry to European textile partners with her work at the Fashion Group. As an avid textile aficionado, she believes that creative fabrics can change the design landscape in profound ways.


The competition is international and open to students who are currently enrolled in an educational institution teaching textiles, fashion, interior or lifestyle textiles. Graduates from 2020 and 2021 are eligible to enter. Finalists will be selected based on their innovation, creativity and their sustainable perspective.

Submissions should include 4- 8 photographs of the work. The photos should be sent as JPEG, each photo in minimum 300dp. Each photo should be labeled properly with the student’s name. Please include photographer credit in your application if applicable. Video attachments are permitted separately if they are not available as links. The written application should be delivered in a pdf format.

Please only submit the application page, do not include the cover page.

Finalists will be notified by email before August 31, 2021.


Submissions deadline: June 30, 2021

Submissions should be emailed to:

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Photo: Maša Pirc

BIEN 2020, Photo: Maša Pirc

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