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Monday, February 4, 2013

Call for Entries - SDA Fashion Design Runway Show

This just in and for immediate release to all SDA Members

Surface Design Association Invites Fashion Design Submissions for
San Antonio Runway Show

             Surface Design Association (SDA) invites apparel and fashion designers to submit their outrageous, innovative, one-of-a-kind wearables to in•ter•face: Fabricate, the juried Members Fashion Show to be staged during the upcoming biennial 2013 International Surface Design Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas, from June 6-9, 2013. 

From the sublime to the hilariously droll, SDA’s biennial fashion show always entertains. Stunning hand printed fabrics, unexpected textile manipulations and opulent surface embellishments – on both classic and surprising silhouettes – adorn the runway in motion. This year’s show, Fabricate, will unfurl in the Sky Room atop the University of the Incarnate Word campus on June 8, 2013. This student-produced event will be conceived and executed by UIW Fashion Management majors as part of a summer course on fashion show production led by Dr. Melinda Adams.

            Carolyn Benesh, Co-editor of Ornament Magazine – the internationally renowned resource on personal adornment – has agreed to be among the show judges. Benesh has spent the past 30 years exploring and documenting how what we wear can be a beautiful and meaningful expression of creative energy.

SDA Fabricate’s Special Guest Artist Judy Bales creates sculpture for the body by transforming society’s detritus and discards into floating ephemeral fantasies.  Benesh, Bales, Adams and Leesa Hubbell, SDA’s Editor of Digital Publications (and NYC fashion industry veteran), will serve as jurors for the show.  Awards will be determined from examination of actual garments. Judges will present awards based on visual interest, craftsmanship and innovation: First Place $700, Second Place $400, Third Place $300, and SDA Award of Excellence.   SDA will publish a digital LookBook of all garments selected for the show after the conference.

Deadline for submissions for Fabricate is March 1, 2013.  Submission guidelines are available at  Digital submission is conducted through CaFÉ ( Any artist over 18 years old who wants to exhibit can join SDA and submit up to three entries.  Membership registration is available at  

The 2013 Conference Schedule includes Pre-Conference Workshops June 1–5, Conference Sessions June 6–9, and Post-Conference Workshops June 10–14, 2013.  Featured speakers, artist talks, student presentations, a professional panel, demonstrations, and workshops will also be conducted during the conference at Southwest School of Art, University of the Incarnate Word, and Crowne Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk. Special events include many city-wide exhibitions, Fundraising Cocktail Party, Vendor Fair, Trunk Show, Silent Auction, Fiber Study Tour, and many networking and professional development opportunities.  For more information and registration, go to

            The Surface Design Association, a non-profit organization since 1977, is dedicated to raising the level of excellence in surface design -- the coloring, patterning, and structuring of fiber and fabric -- by inspiring creativity and encouraging innovation through publications, exhibitions, conferences, and educational opportunities. SDA has over 4000 members working as artists, designers, educators, curators, gallery owners, students, and textile enthusiasts from around the world.  New members are invited to join at

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