Friday, September 9, 2011

The IFTF ReMix International Design Competitions

(Please e-mail Anny,, for form and rules if you are interested in the competition.)

Dear Design School Professional:

The IFTF ReMix International Design Competitions were created in order to encourage, inspire and support young designers as they develop and explore their relationship with fur, as well as to give them an opportunity to showcase their innovative fur designs to an international audience.

As a nod to the eco-friendly and “green” nature of fur as a design material for high fashion, IFTF will be adding the “Pimp My Coat’ category once again to our annual 2012 IFTF REMIX International Design Competition. The ‘Pimp My Coat’ category is a wonderful category for you to encourage your students to expand their imaginations, trigger their ingenuity, and cultivate an aptitude for recycling.

The three categories, all of which your students are eligible for, that the 2012 IFTF ReMix International Design Competition is comprised of are as follows:


ReMix International Design Award
Fur Information Council of America is pleased to announce the 11th Annual IFTF ReMix International Student Fur Design Competition, and we invite your students to participate in this exciting event. Last year’s contest saw close to 60 entries from 12 different schools around the country, and we anticipate this year to be even bigger!

This competition offers your students and your school:
 Worldwide exposure and a chance to have your students’ designs exhibited at MiFur the prestigious international fur fashion trade show held in Milan, Italy.
 The chance to win generous cash prizes
 The chance to receive paid travel to Milan for MiFur
 Exposure in leading international fashion magazines

Origin Assured Award
Origin Assured, OA™ is the category created for designers submitting pieces in which 100% of the fur used within the garment must be made up of OA™ approved fur. It will be necessary to provide evidence clearly showing that the fur is OA™. (E.g. a statement to this effect on the suppliers company headed paper).

‘Pimp My Coat’
For REMIX 2012, IFTF we are continuing with the award category ‘Pimp My Coat’, devised by the Young Fur Trader’s Committee [YFTC]. This newly created category provides yet another opportunity for designers to be recognized internationally for their designs.

The ‘Pimp My Coat’ award is open to all students. Designers entering the REMIX International Designer and Origin Assured Award can also enter the ‘Pimp My Coat’ category.

Attached is a photograph of a vintage coat as a design template. To take part in this category, your student designer(s) need to complete the entry form and send a color sketch and a short description of the processes and rationale behind their redesign.

The ‘Pimp My Coat’ winner will be selected by the International jury on the basis of creativity, innovation and rationale and will be announced in January with the finalists of the other design categories.

The ‘Pimp My Coat’ winner will be gifted with their design, which will be manufactured from a vintage garment. The winning designer will be invited to attend the finale of REMIX in Milan to see their wining garment previewed on the runway. Their garment will also be displayed in a prominent position alongside International Designer Award and Origin Assured Winners during MIFUR.


Please sign and complete the attached entry form and include the correct supporting information as indicated below.

Award Entry Form Biography Color
Photograph (8½ x 11) 8½ x 11 Sketch OA™
REMIX International Designer YES YES YES NO YES
Origin Assured


• All REMIX International Design Competition entries must arrive at the FICA office by Tuesday September 27th 2011. (extended by one additional week)
• All ‘Pimp My Coat’ sketches must arrive at the FICA office by Tuesday October 4h 2011.
• All garments must arrive in Milan by Wednesday February 15th 2012.

The competition finale, will take place in Milan in March. Details about the venue and the date will be forwarded closer to the event.

Good luck and I look forward to receiving your entries for all 3 design categories. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Nicole Smith
Director of Membership Services, FICA