Our Story: When Fashion Meets Science
Throughout history, art and technology always walk hand in hand: artists are normally the first adopters of new technologies as they are looking for new tools and ways of expression; at the same time, the development of technologies often engenders reform of aesthetics. Being one of the most dynamic fields in art, fashion and technology- these two seemingly distinct disciplines are interlinked more than ever today.
We believe it’s time to look into the future, making fashion and technology the fundamental forces in the development and evolution of each other. We want to thus make the competition a platform of authentic conversations and true collaborations and a call for practitioners to explore new language and to create disruptive products.
We see fashion as not only a popular style or practice in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body, or furniture, but also design of lifestyle. The Competition thus welcome designers and scientist to submit works that improve the life of people using the power of fashion design and technology.
Schedule and Important Dates
- Launch of the Competition
- January 2017
- April 10 - Sept. 10, 2017
- Preliminary Evaluation
- Sept. 11 - Oct. 10, 2017
- Announcement of the short-list
- Oct. 15, 2017
- Physical Submission
- Oct. 16 - Nov. 24, 2017
- Nov. 25 - Dec. 1, 2017
- Upstyle Award Ceremony
- Jan. 19, 2018
- Publication of the design yearbook
- Jan. 19, 2018
Upstyle Award accepts entries from both invited and unsolicited submissions made by institutions, collectives or individuals all over the globe. The entries must be placed either in the Product Design or in the Conceptual Design category.
- Eligibility: Product Design accepts submission of finished products. The submitted products must have been launched on the market after 1
January 2015 and by 10 September 2017 and
must be available for purchase.
- Conceptual Design Category accepts submission of concepts that have not yet been launched in the market. It is the discretion of the evaluation committee to require participants to submit an actual sample or prototype of their entries for re-evaluation.
There is no registration fee for participating the competition. All entries are welcome.
The Competition has a special interest in design that works at the intersections of fashion, science and technology. All submission must, in one way or another, involve innovations addressing both fashion and scientific or technological issues. And the level and quality of such fusion will be particularly reviewed in the competition.
The evaluation criteria has three folds, namely the fundamental criteria, the industrial criteria, and the social criteria. The fundamental criteria concern the essence of design, such as creativity, functionality; the industrial criteria emphasize entry’s contribution to the fashion industry; and the social criteria focus on the social and economic impact of the design.
Types of Awards
Upstyle Star Award1 for product design、1 for conceptual design
Upstyle Star Award is granted to the best design in each category and is the top prize in the Upstyle Award.
Upstyle Award3 for product design、3 for conceptual design
Upstyle Award is granted to design that stands out from comparable projects in each category.
Honorable Mention is granted to design with outstanding quality.
Upstyle Best Design Team Award1
Each year, The Upstyle Award will recognize one distinguished team for their long-term commitment and continuous innovation in the field of fashion, science and technology.
Certificate and Trophy:Certificates and trophies will be awarded at the Upstyle Gala in front of all the audience members and distinguished guests.
Prize:Winners of Upstyle Star Award will receive a venture fund of 1,000,000 RMB (before tax). Winners of Upstyle Award will receive a venture fund of 200,000 RMB (before tax).
Upstyle Winner’s Label:From the date of award, all winners are entitled to use the Upstyle Award label in all marketing materials for 5-10 years.
Upstyle Design Yearbook:Award-winning design will all be included in the Upstyle Award Yearbook which will serve as an important reference for companies and designers.
Upstyle Exhibition and Touring Exhibition:Award-winning design will be included in the exhibition and touring exhibition organized by Upstyle Award in China or other nations.
Upstyle PR and Media Promotion:Award-winning design will receive media exposure and opportunity to present their works to the public.
Upstyle GalaThe Upstyle Gala is a gathering of all stakeholders, including governmental officials, scholars, entrepreneurs, and media, to witness the final result of the competition and to honor the laureates. The night will also be reported and live-streamed online and in the press.
Winners’ DinnerThe Winners’ Dinner serves as a great opportunity for the winners to share this special moment with their family and friends, and socialize with investors and other distinguished guests.
Guide to Success(Download)
- Please click here to download our application guide.