Fashion DesigneR professional DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Part of Rightfully Sewn’s mission is to propel Kansas City fashion designers to market so they can supply the burgeoning demand for high-quality, American-produced garments. Our Fashion Designer Professional Development Program features two-year-long fashion designer residencies, public events and workshops geared to enriching designers of all ages, and curriculum alignment roundtables to area secondary and post-secondary educators.
FASHION DESIGNER RESIDENCIES
On a bi-annual basis, Rightfully Sewn awards five fashion designers residency status. Recipients must work predominantly in sewn product, have substantial online presence and experience in runway shows, and reside in the five-county Kansas City metropolitan area. They are selected by an external, credentialed panel of industry and community leaders via an application-based competition. The residency includes a full-ride scholarship to attend Kauffman FastTrac® NewVenture™ in order to develop a business plan, invitations to participate in promotional events, access to workshops and media opportunities, and more. Our next call for applications is open with a deadline of 11:59 pm on Monday, February 12, 2018. Visit our Call for Designers page for more details.
public events and workshops
Are you a young designer or new to the Kansas City area? We'd love to help you, too. We offer fabric trade shows, professional development workshops, speaker series, documentary screenings, and other related events to the fashion community at large. Check out our Fashion Calendar to see what's coming up and sign up for our e-newsletter to receive notification of all future opportunities.
We are working with the Kansas State Department of Education to reintroduce sewing and fashion design in up to 455 high schools around the state. In addition, each year we convene secondary and post-secondary educators to discuss curricula alignment based on industry feedback, thereby creating a solid pipeline of talent and job connections.