CWOW 2015 Design Competition Call For Entries

Creative Women of the World (CWOW) is calling all aspiring designers and creative people to submit entries for our Empower Her World: 2015 Design Competition. Finalists will be featured in our upcoming spring fashion show, and the winning design will receive a $500 grand prize, sponsored by Hand Jive and their design showcased in CWOW’s LOTUS Gallery.

THE CONTESTDesigners are asked to submit entries for the following categories:

A Culturally Inspired garment or accessory: 
 This is for designs inspired by different countries, cultures, cultural celebrations, or traditions.  At CWOW we work with artisan groups in over 10 countries directly and carry products from over 40 countries in our boutique.  So much of this world is rich with tradition. Cultures have interesting celebrations and meanings behind what they do and make. So do some research.  Learn about a country or culture you find interesting.  Let it inspire your creativity.  Use that creativity to create either a garment or accessory (or both).

An Upcycled/Recycled garment or accessory: 
Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. It is always fun to make new from old, and to make original creations from everyday existing items. The concept behind upcycling/recycling aims to remind people that, with a little creativity, what was old can be new again—perhaps even better than it once was! 

Many of the artisans we work with globally do just this.  They find innovative ways to reuse materials and resources that are readily available to them. So think outside the box.  Stretch your imagination with the ideas of how you can transform an ordinary item into something extraordinary. Let it inspire your creativity.  Use that creativity to create either a garment or accessory (or both).   More information is available on our website:

DESIGN CRITERIA We are looking for:

  • Creativity 

  • Innovative use of materials

  • Effectiveness of design and materials

  • Quality workmanship

  • Understanding and interpretation of categories

  • Thoughtful explanation on entry form for the inspiration of the piece
    and description of materials


Contest is open to all people, men or women, any age.  Contestant under the age of 18 will need a signature of a parent or legal guardian. There will be no individual age categories.  All entries will be judged on equal ground.

Contestants may submit up to two items per entry in any category or combination of categories. The entry fee for 1-2 items is $25.00.
Contestants may submit a total of 4 items (1-2 items- $25; 3-4 Items- $50)


The contest will be open now through April 4, 2015.  All entries should be turned in to CWOW (125 W Wayne St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802) between March 20th-April 4th, 2015,  during store hours (M-F 11-5, Sat. 12-4, Sundays Closed).  No early or late entries accepted. 


Completed entry form must accompany all entries.  Entry fee payment must be made when entries are submitted. Contact us with any questions.


  • March 20 - April 4: All complete submissions due to CWOW
  • April 10: Finalists selected and announced
  • April 11-15: Non-finalists entries may be picked up during store hours
  • April 15: Finalists will be shown on runway at the Empower Her World: A Celebration of Fashion and 
  • Culture fundraising event.  Grand Prize winner announced at the event.
  • April 16-30: Finalists and Winner will be on display at CWOW’s LOTUS Gallery
  • May 1-5: All remaining entries must be picked up during store hours

In consideration of being accepted to compete in the Creative Women of the World (CWOW), Empower Her World: 2015 Design Competition, contestants agree to abide by all rules set forth by CWOW and the rules and regulations of those in charge. Contestants will accept the decision of the judges as final. While every effort is made to ensure the safety of all submissions, CWOW and its affiliates cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss of garments or accessories that may occur during the competition. By submitting an entry, contestants grant to CWOW and its associates an unlimited license to publish, display, use, post, or otherwise use all or any portion of all entry materials online, in print, film, television, or in any other media for editorial, advertising, promotional, and other purposes without compensation or notification of any kind to the individual, except as prohibited by law, during the time frame of the challenge. Contact us with any questions.