In our September issue, we featured two independent youth collectives taking it upon themselves to challenge the local fashion status quo, one of which was Why Not?, a Singapore-based fashion and art collective comprising of six emerging designers.
Having taken upon it themselves to fund and organise their own graduation show earlier this June out of frustration with existing infrastructures, they’re already in the midst of planning for a second instalment that’s set to take place in 2020. As mentioned in our piece at the time, they’d hope to establish Why Not? not just as one-off but also to provide a new platform for (other) young designers to showcase their works – and it’s great to learn that they’re actually following through.
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OPEN CALL — WHY NOT Looking for all emerging textile, design and visual art practitioners with fashion collection and showcase ideas for our presentation show in 2020. Submit your application form, portfolio and concept proposal: http://whynot.works Deadline: 8 Nov 2019, 11:59pm SGT
For the next edition of Why Not?, it aims to “showcase multidisciplinary fashion collections and concepts through the lens of textile, design, visual art and sound”, according to their website. The organisers have put up an open call inviting Singaporean/PRs and Singapore-based designers, creatives and artists under the age of 30 to apply.
The deadline is November 8 – head over to their website to apply, but do read the criteria before you do so. For young fashion designers and artists who work with textiles and related materials, this is probably the platform that grants you the most autonomy over how your work is conceived and presented – we wouldn’t dawdle.