The International Design Awards is searching for fashion designers who know how to make an impact. The fashion design of the year winner will be a pioneer with the vision to explore new territory and the ability to set the agenda for style-conscious consumers everywhere. A leader and not a follower, our winner will have a fresh approach to fashion, creating innovative collections and being unafraid to make waves.

Our competition seeks to recognise those who can take a spark of inspiration and brilliance and turn it into something that turns heads and really stands out on the catwalks. We want to celebrate those who are able to create a signature style and use colour and movement to create stunning outfits which evoke feelings of excitement, passion and longing.

Each year we are proud to receive entries from fashion designers at the very peak of their career who want to showcase their latest collections and avant-garde creations to the world. Join them by submitting your entry today.


The IDA’s Fashion Design of the Year Award is awarded to designers with the vision to explore and chart new territory in the world of fashion, and the ability to set the agenda for style-conscious consumers everywhere.

  • Men

    Ready-to-wear clothing designed specifically for men, including shirts, trousers, suits, jackets, and accessories, combining style, comfort, and functionality.

  • Women

    Ready-to-wear clothing designed for women, including dresses, skirts, blouses, pants, suits, and accessories, reflecting current trends and enhancing individuality.

  • Infant/teen/kids

    Ready-to-wear clothing designed for infants, teenagers, and children, offering comfortable, durable, and age-appropriate styles for different age groups.

  • Men

    Exquisite, custom-made fashion for men with exceptional craftsmanship and luxurious materials.

  • Women

    The pinnacle of luxury and craftsmanship in women's fashion, featuring unique, handmade garments.

  • Infant/teen/kids

    High-end, custom-designed fashion for the youngest generation, incorporating premium materials and age-appropriate design elements.

  • Men

    Versatile clothing and swimwear designed for active pursuits, water activities, and beach outings for men. It includes athletic tops, bottoms, jackets, swim trunks, and accessories that prioritize comfort, mobility, and performance.

  • Women

    Stylish and functional clothing and swimwear designed for active lifestyles, water activities, and beach outings for women. It includes athletic tops, leggings, shorts, jackets, swimsuits, and beachwear that offer comfort, flexibility, and fashionable designs.

  • Infant/teen/kids

    Comfortable and playful clothing, swimwear, and beachwear designed for infants, teenagers, and children. It includes tops, bottoms, jackets, swimsuits, swim trunks, and accessories suitable for active play, water activities, and beach outings, ensuring a combination of comfort, durability, and age-appropriate styles.

  • Avant-Garde

    Avant-Garde fashion refers to innovative and experimental designs that challenge traditional norms and push creative boundaries. It often features unconventional materials, unique silhouettes, and artistic elements, making a bold and artistic statement.

  • Cultural/Traditional Costumes

    Cultural/Traditional Costumes encompass fashion designs inspired by specific cultures or traditions. These designs showcase the heritage, history, and artistic expressions of different communities, incorporating traditional textiles, patterns, and craftsmanship.

  • Loungewear

    Loungewear consists of comfortable and relaxed clothing designed for leisure and casual wear at home. It includes cozy separates like sweatshirts, joggers, robes, and pajama sets, prioritizing comfort without compromising style.

  • Maternity

    Maternity fashion focuses on clothing designed to accommodate the changing bodies of pregnant individuals. It includes maternity dresses, tops, pants, and other garments that offer comfort, support, and style during pregnancy, embracing the beauty of motherhood.

  • Plus Size

    Plus Size fashion caters to individuals with larger body sizes, offering stylish and well-fitting clothing. It includes a range of garments such as dresses, tops, bottoms, and outerwear specifically designed to flatter and celebrate diverse body shapes.

  • Recycled/Sustainable Fashion

    Recycled/Sustainable Fashion emphasizes environmentally conscious practices by utilizing recycled materials and promoting sustainable production methods. These designs aim to minimize waste, reduce carbon footprint, and create eco-friendly clothing options.

  • Sleepwear/underwear/lingerie/hosiery

    This category encompasses clothing and accessories designed for sleep, undergarments, and intimate apparel. It includes sleepwear, underwear, lingerie, and hosiery, focusing on comfort, fit, and style for different occasions.

  • Uniform

    Uniform fashion refers to clothing designed as standardized attire for a specific profession, organization, or group. These designs prioritize functionality, identity, and cohesion, ensuring a consistent and recognizable look.

  • Wedding

    Wedding fashion includes bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, groomswear, and wedding guest attire. It encompasses designs that embody elegance, romance, and personal style, creating memorable looks for the special occasion.

  • Boots

    Boots encompass a variety of footwear styles that cover the foot and extend up the leg. They are designed for various purposes, including fashion, protection, and functionality, featuring different heights, materials, and constructions.

  • Casual shoes

    Casual shoes are comfortable and versatile footwear designed for everyday wear in informal settings. They include sneakers, loafers, moccasins, and other relaxed styles, prioritizing comfort and style.

  • Dress Shoes

    Dress shoes are formal footwear designed for special occasions or professional settings. They include oxfords, loafers, pumps, and other elegant styles, featuring refined designs, quality materials, and a polished appearance.

  • Footwear Innovation

    Footwear Innovation category focuses on designs that introduce novel concepts, materials, technologies, or construction techniques in the field of footwear. It highlights groundbreaking advancements that enhance performance, comfort, sustainability, or aesthetics.

  • Innovative Children's Footwear

    Innovative Children's Footwear refers to footwear designs specifically created for children, incorporating unique features, materials, or technologies that prioritize comfort, support, and safety for growing feet.

  • Natural Material/ Vegan Footwear

    Natural Material/Vegan Footwear category showcases footwear designs made from natural and sustainable materials or alternatives to animal-derived materials. It emphasizes eco-friendly practices and ethical choices in footwear production.

  • Recycled Materials

    Recycled Materials category highlights footwear designs that incorporate recycled or upcycled materials, reducing waste and promoting sustainability. It encourages the use of innovative recycling techniques and environmentally friendly materials in footwear production.

  • Sandals and slippers

    Sandals and slippers can be open-toe footwear styles designed for warm weather or indoor comfort. They offer breathability, ease of wear, and a relaxed aesthetic, providing options for both casual and dressier occasions.

  • Special Purpose Shoes

    Special Purpose Shoes refer to footwear designed for specific activities or occupations. Examples include hiking boots, safety shoes, dance shoes, and medical footwear, catering to unique needs such as protection, performance, or medical requirements.

  • Sports Performance Footwear

    Sports Performance Footwear focuses on footwear designed for athletic activities, such as running, basketball, soccer, or tennis. These designs prioritize features like cushioning, support, stability, and traction to enhance performance and reduce the risk of injuries.

  • New technology fabrics

    The New Technology Fabrics category focuses on innovative textiles created through cutting-edge technologies and advancements. These fabrics may incorporate features such as smart materials, performance enhancements, sustainable production methods, or unique properties that enhance comfort, functionality, and aesthetics.

  • Textile/print design

    The Textile/Print Design category highlights the art and craft of creating original patterns, motifs, and designs for textiles. It encompasses a wide range of techniques, including digital printing, screen printing, block printing, and more. Textile/Print Design emphasizes creativity, visual appeal, and the ability to enhance and complement fashion and interior design projects.

  • Bags

    The Bags category encompasses a wide range of accessories designed for carrying personal belongings. It includes handbags, backpacks, clutches, totes, and other styles that combine functionality and style, providing storage solutions for everyday use or special occasions.

  • Accessories (eyewear, watches, gloves, hat, belts, scarves, ties)

    The Accessories category includes a variety of fashion items that add finishing touches to an outfit. It encompasses eyewear (sunglasses, prescription glasses), watches, gloves, hats, belts, scarves, and ties. These accessories contribute to personal style, provide functionality, and enhance the overall aesthetic.

  • Jewellery

    The Jewellery category showcases wearable decorative pieces crafted from precious or semi-precious materials. It includes necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, and other ornamental accessories that complement and accentuate personal style, expressing individuality and enhancing the overall look.

  • Travel Accessories

    The Travel Accessories category comprises items designed to enhance convenience and style during travel. It includes travel bags, luggage, passport holders, travel wallets, toiletry organizers, and other accessories that offer practical solutions for organized and stylish journeys.

Deadlines & Fees

IDA invite architects, builders, engineers and design teams to submit their projects of conceptual, in-progress or completed work.
Winners are chosen based on one project submitted; and not for a body of work.

30 MAY

Early Bird Deadline

-10% Discount


Extended Earlybird

-5% Discount


Regular Deadline


Final Deadline

15 November

Extended Final Deadline













There are no further fees for certificate, trophy, inclusion in publication and the winners’ services.

* Multiple entries must be paid at the same time as your first entry in order to be counted as “additional entries”. An entry paid at a later time will be counted as a “first entry”.
** You may submit an entry into multiple categories at the same time but must be in the same disciplines. The first Category will be charged as per the original submission fee. Additional categories (2 or more) will be charged at 50% in the same discipline.


Work submitted must have been created within the last 5 years.

Awards Titles


The fashion design of the year winner will receive publication of his/her work in the International Design Awards Book of Designs, to be distributed to museum bookstores internationally; promotion in a newsletter to 100,000 design professionals and potential clients worldwide; year-long coverage on the International Design Awards website; and critical acclaim by our distinguished panel of judges. He/she will also receive the IDA certificate of achievements and winners seal to use it online announcing his/her winning, along with a personalized press release and the IDA awards winning stainless steel trophy.


This award will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated devotion to elevating the art of graphic design. He/she will receive publication of his/her work in the IDA Book of Designs, to be distributed to museum bookstores nationwide; promotion in a newsletter to 100,000 design professionals and potential clients worldwide; year-long coverage on the International Design Awards website; and critical acclaim by our distinguishes panel of judges

Prizes and Promotions

The Winner of the Fashion Design of the Year Award will receive the coveted IDA trophy and be highlighted on the main page of the IDA website and published in all our social media platforms throughout the coming year.

Along with all the sub-category winners, they will also receive a Winner Certificate, Winner Seal, and a personalised press release to use for promotional purposes. All the winning designs will also be featured in the Annual IDA Book of Design.

Our winners will receive extensive publicity all throughout the following year, showcasing their designs to a worldwide audience. They will be promoted on the IDA website in the Winners Gallery and in IDA Newsletters sent out to 100,000 design industry professionals and potential clients.

Winners will also be listed in the IDA online Design Directory, making it easier for them to be reached by potential customers.


to over 100,000 design professionals, press and potential clients worldwide.


inclusion, with contact information of all IDA winners, and on the IDA website Gallery of Winning Work.


The IDA Book of Designs is distributed through Art Publishers and Dubb Publications around the world.


A handsome certificate to promote your winning.


Promote your winnings on the website and all your printed material.

Submission Details

1. Click “submit” to create a free membership and password. If you are already a member, log in.

2. Fill in the simple online submission form–remember you can select multiple categories for each entry.

3. Upload the images for your entry. (Repeat the first 3 steps if you have multiple entries.

4. The final step is to pay your submission fees.

Up to 10 images (JPG/PDF) can be submitted per entry—The first 5 images should be JPG files. The remaining 5 images can be JPG or PDF. Size for JPG files: 1000 pixels on the longest side, maximum file size 4 MB. Size for PDF files: Please save as “screen view” and limit it to only 6 pages per file, Max 4 MB.

Entries should include as much detail as possible, including images of each side of the garment or collection. You can include patterns showing the construction of the garment.

Where the project is a group of buildings, entrants should provide a rendering that illustrates the complete project. If the entry concerns an alteration or restoration, please include both “before” and “after” images.

Entries can be submitted as completed, in-process, or conceptual works. Projects completed more than 5 years before the time of submission are not eligible.

Description of the project should be limited to 600 characters or less.

Projects will not be judged until payments have been received.