Calling All MENA Designers: Applications for the 2023 Fashion Trust Arabia Prize are Now Open
Kazna Asker, winner of the 2022 FTA Franca Sozzani Debut Talent Award. Photo: Malak Kabbani.
A new year means a whole new crop of emerging designers will be uplifted by the Fashion Trust Arabia (FTA) once again. Since launching in 2018, the annual prize has become a cornerstone in the Middle East and North Africa’s fashion ecosystem and is now returning for its fifth edition with applications opening today, February 3, 2023.
Held under the patronage of HH Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser as honorary chair, and co-chairs HE Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Tania Fares, the 2023 FTA Prize will feature the following categories: eveningwear, ready-to-wear, accessories, jewelry (fine/fashion), and debut talent (2021-2023 graduates).
Winners, judges and presenters including Charaf Tajer, Imran Amed, Michele Lamy, Artsi Ifrach, Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Saif Mahdhi, Akbar Al Baker, Gherardo Felloni, Fashion Trust Arabia Co-Founder and Co-Chair Tania Fares, Lorraine Schwartz, Giancarlo Giammetti, Huda Kattan, Jodie Turner-Smith, Eilaf Osman and Fatma Mostafa attend the Fashion Trust Arabia Prize 2022 Awards Ceremony at The National Museum of Qatar on October 26, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. Photo: Getty
Past years of the FTA Prize have brought together fashion heavyweights as members of the jury and honorary guests at the awards ceremony held in Doha, Qatar. While the FTA is yet to announce the jury for this year, one can expect it to be just as illustrious as the 2022 committee, which included Amina Muaddi, Zuhair Murad, Olivier Rousteing, and Pierpaolo Piccioli among others. Seated front row alongside HH Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser at this year’s ceremony is sure to be much-loved names from the industry, given that Bella Hadid, Janet Jackson, and Naomi Campbell were among the special guests in 2022.
Winners of the 2023 FTA Prize are in for a substantial boost to their brands via financial support and industry mentorships with some of the biggest names in fashion. Last year, the prize was won by Artsi Ifrach of Maison ARTC (eveningwear), Eilaf Osman (accessories), Fatma Mostafa (jewelry), Siham and Sarah Albinali of Lurline (ready-to-wear), and Kazna Asker (Franca Sozzani Debut Talent Award).
Applications for the 2023 Fashion Trust Arabia Prize are now open, and can be entered via Fashiontrustarabia.com
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