2019 Vlisco Fashion Fund for African Fashion Designers

Deadline: October 1, 2019.

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



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



1. 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.

2. Each winner will also be invited to participate in professional training workshops.



1. Selected applicants are invited for an interview and sewing test, after which 3 candidates are chosen as finalists per country category.

2. Those finalists are given an assignment to complete, which is judged by an international panel of fashion professionals.

3. 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.



  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
  5. You must send all documents in 1 email
  6. Attachments cannot exceed 25 MB
  7. We do not accept WeTransfer files
  8. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed




Click here to apply

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