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About the Vlisco Fashion Fund

What is the Vlisco Fashion Fund

The Vlisco Fashion Fund supports emerging designers and tailors in the process of establishing a career in fashion. We share knowledge, give access to an expanded network, and help emerging fashion talent with skill-strengthening and brand-development for their African fashion labels.

Who can apply

  • African fashion designers, 20-30 years of age, living in or outside Africa.
  • Applicants must be able to design and sew their own clothes.

How the contest works

Selected applicants are invited for an interview and sewing test, after which 3 candidates are chosen as finalists per country category. Those finalists are given an assignment to complete, which is judged by an international panel of fashion professionals. Seven winners are chosen, one from every country category: Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast, DRC, Ghana, and ‘Global’ which includes the rest of Africa and the diaspora.

About the prize

Vlisco Fashion Fund winners receive career funding of €5000 to invest in new equipment, to help finance the set-up of a studio, or to otherwise facilitate business growth. Each winner will also be invited to participate in professional training workshops.

How to apply

  1. Download application form below
  2. Fill out application form by computer, or by hand if necessary
  3. Prepare a portfolio of max. 8 images
  4. Send complete application and portfolio in 1 email to fashionfund@vlisco.com

For questions, send an e-mail to: infovff@vlisco.com


  • You must send all documents in 1 email
  • Attachments cannot exceed 25 MB
  • We do not accept WeTransfer files
  • Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed
  • Apply before October 1

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Benin’s 2018 Fashion Fund winner advises on
applying for Vlisco Fashion Fund 2019.

Take a look at the masterclass experience of
the Vlisco Fashion Fund 2018 winners!


Cover Trip 2018

Winners of the Vlisco Fashion Fund travel to the Netherlands for professional training workshops.

Each year, winners receive funding to invest in their businesses and are awarded with professional workshops. The 2018 winners of the Vlisco Fashion Fund were awarded a specialised training trip to the Netherlands.

Cover Winners 2018

Vlisco announces the 7 winners of the Vlisco Fashion Fund 2018.

Cover Finalist 2018

21 Finalists faced the joyous and creative challenge of completing the final round of the competition.

Cover Nominies 2018

Meet the Nominees alongside one of their portfolio pictures and an excerpt from the jury report.

Cover Jury 2018

The Interview Rounds. It was an enormous challenge to choose from so many great designers.