Gen Art, the international design competition that launched the careers of distinguished designers like Peter Som, Rodarte, Duckie Brown and Obedient Sons, is back and on the hunt for new talent.

This year’s Gen Art Styles event, which will take place on 19th May in New York, will provide five Botox® Design Vision Awards for Accessories, Menswear, Women’s Ready-to-Wear, Eveningwear, and Avant Garde. Also this year, for the first time, Gen Art will provide Styles winners with production awards courtesy of Los Angeles based sample production company, The Evans Group. The winning designers in the Ready-to-Wear and Menswear categories will receive development services and sample production for the Spring ‘09 season.

“Styles has been 10 years in the making and we have seen some of the most talented designers in the world,” Lee Trimble, Fashion Director at Gen Art. “We are excited to provide this outlet for them and give them real tools to launch their careers. We look forward to this year’s Styles and the talent it brings.”

For those interested in applying there’s a little extra time. Apply online at (genart.org/fashion) by the deadline Friday, 4th April.

Photo: A look from the Autumn/Winter 08-09 collection of Rodarte, a previous Gen Art winner