Call for Artists: Fashion Designers & Brands
Supercrawl’s Fashion Committee is pleased to release its Call for Designers for 2024. 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 2024 will take place on James Street North from September 13–15, 2024.
Open Calls for Fashion Vendors and Models will open separately to this call. Watch Supercrawl socials for more info.
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 13, 2024. A “Made in Hamilton” designer showcase, featuring designers based in the Hamilton CMA, is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 2024 on the Supercrawl fashion runway.
Supercrawl was founded out of a desire to showcase the city’s cultural vibrancy and eclectic arts landscape, and remains dedicated to honouring, showcasing and celebrating all varieties of creative work. Supercrawl prioritizes curating a diverse and representative festival lineup. We recognize our responsibility to amplify voices that have traditionally been marginalized, both in our communities and in society as a whole.
Supercrawl is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility, and strives to create an environment in which all participants may flourish. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to access and opportunity, and welcome artistic proposals from all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or economic status. Submissions will be evaluated and selected by a small jury of artists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.
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 90,000 people per day. A green room facility for dressing, hair and make-up will be provided. Designers are welcome to bring their own hair and makeup teams.
Dates & Location
Fashion showcases will take place Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15 in the Supercrawl Fashion Zone, in an outdoor tented runway (20′ x 80′ with T-shaped catwalk, sound system & stage lighting, plus sitting/standing room for 200 people) erected on street level within the Supercrawl street enclosure.
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;
• Links to photos (3-5);
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, March 15, 2024 at 11:59pm ET. Late submissions will not be considered.
Successful applicants will be contacted in early May 2024.
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