Call for Artists: Fashion Designers & Brands

Supercrawl’s Fashion Committee is pleased to release its Call for Designers for 2020. Supercrawl is a free annual outdoor art and music festival in downtown Hamilton, which showcases a diverse and dynamic lineup of music, art, fashion, performance, talks, crafts, food and fun. Supercrawl 2020 will take place on James Street North from September 4–6, 2020.

What Are We Looking For?

The Supercrawl Fashion Committee invites designers to participate in this year’s festival. Collections by designers are selected based on artistic merit, originality, and ability to integrate within the festival’s scale and energy. We also invite local apparel brands and boutiques to participate in a showcase representing our diverse fashion community. A “Local Brand Showcase” is tentatively scheduled for Friday, September 4, 2020. A “Made in Hamilton” designer showcase, featuring designers based in the Hamilton CMA, is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 5, 2020 on the Supercrawl fashion runway.

Fees & Resources

Supercrawl will be assigning significant resources to promotion of the event and associated designers and brands leading up to the festival, and during the event. The festival will provide signage, produce posters and handbills, and include programming details both in printed materials and on the Supercrawl website. On-street audiences during the festival are estimated at approximately 80,000 people per day.

Dates & Location

Fashion showcases will take place Friday, September 4 through Sunday, September 6 in the Supercrawl Fashion Zone (Vine Street between James and MacNab),  in an outdoor tented runway (20′ x 80′ with T-shaped catwalk, sound system & stage lighting, sufficient sitting/standing room for 200 people) erected on street level within the Supercrawl street enclosure. A green room facility for dressing, hair and make-up will be provided.  Designers are welcome to bring their own hair and makeup teams; a stand-by team of hair and makeup artists will be available for those that do not have their own.

Submission Package Requirements

  • Contact info (name, email, phone number);
    • Business / Brand name (if applicable);
    • Physical business location (if applicable);
    • Biography / show description;
    • Designer’s statement on collection to be showcased;
    • Website / Social media links;
    • Photos (3-5);
    • Logo (if applicable); and
    • Any other information you’d like the committee to consider

Designers and their work will be identified and publicized as official Supercrawl fashion designers during the event, on the Supercrawl website, and in select media releases. Designers will be required to sign a contract with Supercrawl Productions related to their participation in the show. Further details, schedule and specifics will be provided upon contract signing. A commitment deposit will be required at time of contract, to be returned to the designer in full after the show. Schedule and runway time slot will depend on submissions received and is up to the discretion of the Supercrawl Fashion Committee.


Deadline for submissions: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:00pm ET.

Late submissions will not be considered.

Successful applicants will be contacted in April 2020.

Designers are encouraged to contact the Committee to receive clarification and/or additional information as needed to develop proposals.​

Top: Blackbird Studios at Supercrawl 2017. Bottom: Fashion Stage at Supercrawl 2019

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