Innovative Costume of the 21st Century: The Next Generation

In the spirit of Costume at the Turn of the Century: 1990-2015, emerging designers are respectfully invited to participate in the second major exhibition devoted to designers who began their career in the 21st Century. This exhibition will be hosted by the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum and entitled Innovative Costume of the 21st Century: The Next Generation. The world premiere of this exhibition will take place at the Museum of History, located next to the Red Square in Moscow, Russia in June — August of 2019. The deadline for submission is February 1st, 2018. 

What are they looking for?

  • Costume designs from designers who entered their fields and created innovative work between 2000-2018.
  • Designs of students, young professionals, independent costume or fashion designers, as well as costume interpreters and costume makers will be accepted.
  • Designers are encouraged to submit their most boundary-breaking work that explores new ideas and/or inventive use of materials and/or explorative incorporation of technology.
  • Costume renderings, collages, photographs, computer generated design, videos and three-dimensional costumes designed for opera, ballet, theater, cinema, and performing arts.  Innovative fashion design, devised work, wearable art, costume as an installation, and unproduced projects are also welcome.

How to apply?

You can send your submission by creating a personal user profile

Designers may submit work from up to 5 individual productions. Submitting work for less than five productions will not negatively impact the outcome of your application; you are encouraged to enter anywhere from 1-5 examples of your work. Within each production submission, designers should submit 1-5 images of their work. These can be production images, renderings, or images of realized costumes you wish to exhibit in Moscow. Submissions with more than five images will not be accepted. Five submissions, or bodies of work, will be accepted per artist.

You can read all the information about the submission and selection procedure as well as the conditions and terms on this website

Why should I apply?

The curators of Innovative Costume of the 21st Century: The Next Generation anticipate revolutionary, creative, original, unusual, unique, inspirational, courageous, innovative, experimental designs from 50+ nations in the world. They aspire to reveal the visions of life, living, and the future that visionary designers forecast. Their goal is to both curate and to document the artistic vocabulary that the next generation of theatre and fashion designers are creating and to generate a platform by which dialogue on the issues of today may be explored. As before, in addition to an astonishing exhibition in Moscow, an extensive catalogue and website archive will be created, with international tours anticipated.

Note that, when selected, shipping costs for costumes are on you own account. 2D-prints of photographs or images will be funded by the organisation. 


1 februari 2018


A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum



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