The Fashion Council Germany has closed a two-year partnership with Swedish retail giant H&M to kick-start a fellowship program in order to search for Germany’s most talented young fashion designers and support them by setting and developing their own businesses. The selected participants will enjoy support both from the Fashion Council’s network as well as industry insiders from H&M. Until August 31, womenswear, menswear and accessory designers can apply for the fellowship through the website of Fashion Council Germany.

Candidates must meet the following requirements: be of full age and have run their own based-in-Germany brand for a minimum period of one year without exceeding a five-year time frame. Through the online catalog, participants will be asked to upload their business plan, look book- and runway images.

The fellowship program breaks down into three different key aspects: ‘Leadership and self-discovery’, ‘theoretical skills/supply chain’ and ‘from idea to realization’. Aim of the program is to boost the participants’ national and international visibility while helping them to grow a sustainable business.

The double-staged selection process will take place from September until mid-November by a jury presided by Christiane Arp, president of the Fashion Council Germany and editor-in-chief of Vogue’s German edition. The jury’s full line-up will be announced soon. Up to five designers could be selected to join the program in the context of Berlin’s Fashion Week (January 2017).