How I Won Runway to Street NYC -An International Fashion Design Competition
THE FULL STORY
Hello my peeps ! For those who know me and follow me on social media, you know that I am always working on various projects every month and the month of July 2019 was one of the most intense ones as I was working on an international designer competition hosted by Runway To Streets NYC aka RTS, a New York City-based fashion brand and e-commerce business that strives to promote up-and-coming designers from all over the globe through fashion-related competitions.
RTS hosted this competition for fashion designers and students interested in design around the world, to design some pieces for their ready-to-wear collection called “ Timeless” , and the application process was quite simple yet somehow overwhelming. I will break it down below
THE WHOLE PROCESS BROKEN DOWN
STEP 1: Sketches submission / July 1st
On their website they provided specific details on what kind of clothing they were looking for since they would also provide the fabrics for our final prototypes , which was super helpful because it allowed me to not go all over the place like I often tend to do when I design clothes ( lool, your girl can go crazy sometimes ) . With that being said , I designed 3 pieces for the first step of the competition that I had to post on Instagram and wait for the judges to decide whether I would make it to the semi-final or not ! On July 4th they got back to me and told me I had qualified for the semi-final and I was overjoyed. I had to pick one design among the 3, and either send them a technical pack of my favorite piece or request 6 yards of fabrics from them that I would use to make my prototype! If you know me , you know that I love CHALLENGES: I DECIDED TO DO BOTH THE TECH PACK AND THE PROTOTYPE!!!
The 3 looks
Double Slit Maxi Dress for That Boss Babe 💃🏽🌟🔥💥
Fabric selection : Stretch Razorcut Knit for the bodice & Stripe Chiffon for the bottom
Romper For That Gal on the Go 🏃🏽♀️👯♀️🔥⭐️
Fabric Selection : Red Pleat Knit .
Off Shoulder Mini Dress For That Party Gal 🍾🥂💅🏽💁🏽♀️
Fabric selection : Sequins Mesh for the bodice & Solid Chiffon for the bottom
STEP 2 : Technical Packet and Prototype Submission/ Semi-final / July 16th
After submitting my first 3 sketches and seeing what my competitors had submitted, I was very intimidated because my sketches were not that good and my pieces did not look as good to be honest . To make biggest surprise, I MADE IT !
Like I mentioned above , I chose to to both the tech pack and the prototype because I love challenging myself. It took me about 4 days to complete my tech pack because I draw all my tech flats by hand , scan them , and brush them up on Photoshop. In addition, the tech pack not only included my tech flats , but also a brief cost sheet, and all the trims and findings that would go to the construction of my garment! I also waited about 10 days to receive my fabrics from RTS so I could make my prototype! I had only 3 days to complete my prototype, which I did . I had everything done by Sunday July 14th and on Tuesday the 16th I flew to New York City to drop of my design and wait for the final decision from the judges, which would determine whether I would win or not . I spent about 3 weeks in NYC working on several other projects while waiting for the RTS decision.
The Final Prototype
My Tech Pack
STEP 3 : THE FINAL JUDGMENT!!
On July 31, 2019 I finally got the email confirmation from RTS . I was Announced as one of the winners for the non-student competition and I jumped all over my apartment lol because I was recognized as a New York Designer, how cool is that ? In addition to that there is a $5000.00 prize for each winner and my design will be professionally manufactured and made to sale to the public worldwide for the RTS 2019 Timeless Collection . The perks don’t stop there , as I winner I am entitled to receive 1% to 3 % profit share each time my design will be sold on their e-commerce site , and all the credits for the design will be given to me .
Check the list of all winners here https://www.runwaytostreet.nyc/winners/
This experience was amazing for me because I never thought I could ever win a big competition like that and it made me understand that I am capable of accomplishing big projects in a short period of time. If you’re a designer , or if you simply work on multiple creative projects that require a lot of thinking and hands-on work , you know how hard it can be to make something happen in less than 3 weeks , which is how long I had to draw the sketches, create my technical packet , make my physical prototype, and fly out to NYC to drop off my garment !
Me celebrating my victory in Times Square, New York ✨
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