big design award

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“big” is an international competition and platform based in Asia that seeks to encourage the progress of fashion on a global scale by supporting fashion designers with fresh and innovative ideas.

To date, Europe stands as the epicentre of the fashion industry, while Asia still lags behind in terms of having in place the necessary support system for young designers. We strongly feel that establishing such an infrastructure in Asia that would contribute to the progress of fashion not only in Europe, but globally is necessary. With this conviction in mind, we have begun our current project.

We offer next-generation designers the means to start their own fashion businesses by providing them with funds; a supportive environment; and opportunities to create ties with professionals and businesses that have pushed the boundaries of the fashion industry. We eagerly anticipate the emergence of new possibilities in the world of fashion, including ideas on how designers can maintain their creativity and what the future landscape in terms of people and fashion may look like.

We support designers who have the potential to become active within the current world of fashion on a global scale, and those who have fresh and innovative ideas that can influence the current “system” that is in place.


Information on the judges

The competition will be judged by a panel of professionals from various disciplines who are active on a global scale. First up is Walter Van Beirendonck, president of the jury. Other judges will be announced here and via SNS in due course.

Walter Van Beirendonck

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Walter Van Beirendonck

Walter Van Beirendonck is a Belgian fashion designer, also a member of the "Antwerp Six”. Now head of fashion of their alma mater the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Van Beirendonck has nurtured many top talents in today's fashion establishment, including amongst others Raf Simons, Bernhard Willhelm, Rushemy Botter, Demna Gvasalia, Craig Green, and Kris Van Assche.

Examination process

1stFirst examination round

Please send your portfolio to “”. Should you opt to send a hardcopy of your portfolio, please dispatch it to the following address:

CAMPFIRE big, Ltd., To: big, Inc
(Postcode: 150-0002, Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Shibuya 2 Cho-me, 22 Ban-chi, 3 Go, Shibuya Higashi-guchi Building 5F)

*CAMPFIRE, Ltd., cannot respond to any queries. Please direct your queries to “”.
*Submitted portfolios will not be returned.
*Postal fees and any other expenses incurred in the submission of the portfolio will not be reimbursed.

2ndSecond examination round

Candidates who pass the first round will be required to present the following on August 9 and 10: a presentational video (under 5 minutes) of their making; an exhibit of their collection; and a presentation.
*The 10 candidates who will be moving onto the second round will be provided with 50,000 yen to cover any video production costs.

Examination itinerary

1stFirst examination round

Please prepare a single volume portfolio containing the following items in the order listed below. Only portfolios in English will be accepted.

  1. Entry formlaunch
    *The first page of your portfolio must be the entry form.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. A compilation of photographs and materials that have been the source of your inspiration, and which speaks of your underlying design theme.
  4. Design sketches (minimum 5 and maximum 10 sketches)
    *Prepare a compilation of your full collection on a single A4-sized paper.
    *On the back of the paper, compose a detailed description of your work, accompanied by color and fabric samples.
  5. Photographs of the collection you will be submitting for consideration, or those of a past collection.
    *Portfolios that do not have photographs included will not be considered.
    *A minimum of one photo must be included of completed articles. The second photo may be that of items in their developmental stage that will nevertheless give the judges an idea of their shape and form, being worn by either a dummy or a model.
  6. A conceptual outline of your intended video presentation, along with a mood board.

*Portfolios must be A4 in size (21×29.7cm).
*Please be aware that any submitted design sketches and photographs may be published by “big” on their website and SNS, and may be used for other promotional purposes.
*The style and beauty of the portfolio will be factors considered during the examination process.
*Submitted portfolios will not be returned.
*Intellectual property rights will belong to the creator.

2ndSecond examination round

Successful candidates of the first round will be invited to give a presentation each in a venue located in the Tokyo metropolitan area on August 9 and 10, 2019.

The second examination round will involve the showing of the video (under 5 minutes) created by the applicant; an exhibition of the submitted collection on racks; and a 5-minute presentation in English.

*The 10 candidates who will be moving onto the second round will be provided with 50,000 yen to cover any video production costs.
*The format of the video is up to the creator’s discretion.
*Please exhibit articles that have been included in your portfolio.
*Transportation fees for those travelling from overseas or from outside the Tokyo metropolitan area will be provided for.

*Please be aware that the contestants’ videos and any photographs taken during the presentation may be published by “big” on their website and SNS, and may be used for other promotional purposes.
*Contestants must submit their video files to “big”.
*Intellectual property rights will belong to the creator.



April 16

call open

June 15

deadline for the first examination round

July 10

announcement of the first examination round results

August 9, 10

second examination (final round)*The second examination round will likely be taking place within the Tokyo metropolitan area.


There are no eligibility restrictions. There are no application fees. Those involved in fashion design and production, from students to professional and amateur designers are all welcomed.

Prizes and benefits

  • Grand prize: 5,000,000 yen for 1 person
  • Secondary prize: 1,000,000 yen for 1 person
  • Tertiary prize: 500,000 yen for 2 persons
*In addition to the above prize winners, the top 20 candidates will be eligible for “big” support program.

Information on the support program

At “big” we offer a diverse range of support programs that will assist young and multi-disciplinary creators who will be engaged in the world of fashion on a global scale. For an example, the top 20 candidates of the advertised competition will be eligible for the use of our atrium. The atrium will provide ample work space and various equipment. It will be an ideal space for young designers to work in who often struggle to obtain a workshop located in the city. Additionally, we would like to provide our creators with an easy to use pressroom, studio, and an exhibition area and digital marketing support, among other services and facilities. Moreover, our creators will be able to attend networking events where industry insiders will be invited to attend. We strongly value communication that would break through the boundaries of the fashion industry. More information concerning our support program will be released on our website in due course.


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