Come August, the design constellations will conspire.

Mindanao’s young rising fashion stars will present their STELLAR vision of  local fashion en route to a global destination. 

Davao Fashion and Design Council paves the way as only the best and brightest fashion stars will proclaim . . . . . I AMindanao!


Mindanao’s Rising Fashion Stars

A Mindanao-wide Fashion and Design Competition

STELLAR is created as a sustainable version of a fashion and design competition platform to encourage young generation of Mindanaoan designers to rethink, create and innovate a visionary take on Mindanao’s traditional cultural and artisanal heritage for contemporary fashion and design.   As a lifestyle event, Stellar is envisioned to creatively develop and actively promote Mindanao design talents and material culture for the development of an inclusive and sustainable creative economy.

The theme of this maiden edition is “I AMindanao.”   It will challenge Mindanaoan designers to interpret the island, its people and culture, in a 5-piece capsule collection with a global perspective by tweaking Mindanao artisanal heritage to create wearable and marketable garments using manipulated commercially available materials or traditional/indigenous textiles.

Prizes are as follows:

Grand prize                P 50,000.00 cash

Business incubation start-up capital and mentorship to develop his/her brand and other prizes.

1st Runner-up            P 30,000.00 cash

Business incubation start-up capital and mentorship to

develop his/her brand and other prizes.

2nd Runner-up           P 20,000.00 cash

Business incubation start-up capital and mentorship to

develop his/her brand and other prizes.

Interested participants must submit the following in a long expanding envelope to any member-designer studios on or before July  20, 2016:

The competition is open to all practicing Mindanao-based fashion designers who are:

  1. between 18-40 years old;
  2. currently practicing as designers (garment, accessories or lifestyle products) with at least 2 years relevant creative industry experience for graduates of fashion or art and design-related courses and at least 5 years experience for full-time practicing designers who do not have fashion or art and design-related education, ably supported by certificates of employment or business permits; and,
  3. professional, credible and personable industry practitioners.


Interested designers must submit the following in a clear book folder for evaluation:

  1. Filled in downloadable checklist and entry forms (wait for further announcement on the updated forms as the website is undergoing technical maintenance at the moment);
  1. Five (5) Original sketches with fabric swatches and description (use Times New Roman and font size 12);
  1. A “design statement brief” of the concept inclusive of design concept, relevance to the theme “IAMindanao”, and materials to be used;

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  1. business plan brief for the proposed design concept;


For reference:

  1. Original copy of deposit slip for the payment of P 500.00 participation fee paid to the Davao Fashion and Design Council Foundation, Inc. AUB Account No. 319-01-000054-8;
  1. Printed 5-page portfolio of creative body of work;
  1. An endorsement letter from the employer (for those who are employed) or an industry client/partner (for those who are sole proprietors or industrial partners of fashion-related business);
  1. An endorsement letter from a local designers’ organization or affiliate;
  1. Photocopies of :
    1. (for graduates of fashion or design-related courses) Transcript of Record and Diploma
    2. NSO-certified birth certificate
    3. Current local business permit
    4. BIR Form No. 2303 (Certificate of Registration)
    5. Updated DTI Certificate of Business Registration


  1. The top 10 finalists will be notified on July 26 and they will be expected:


  1. produce five (5) outfits and over-all styling pegs (make-up and accessories):
  • 3 outfits for the final show
  • 2 outfits for the exhibit
  1. provide make-up artist to execute the approved styling pegs;
  2. provide their own three (3) industry-standard male or female models with a minimum height of 5’5” for females and 5’9” for males during the:
  • rehearsals on August 25
  • preliminary judging and final presentation on August 26
  1. submit one (1) sample/prototype of the 5-piece collection must be submitted on or before August 1.


All designs must be original and has never been entered in any fashion design competitions locally, nationally or internationally.

Please be informed that all submitted applications and entries will become the property of the Davao Fashion and Design Council Foundation, Inc.

Qualified applicants will be notified through email for further details of the competition.

For queries visit our website or email the SECRETARIAT @ [email protected].