Process and Presence Fashion Competition

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2018

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Artists and Fashion Designers Wanted for DisArt’s 2018 Process and Presence Fashion Show. DisArt is offering cash prizes to the 1st & 2nd place winners.


DisArt, a non profit organization that is quickly becoming one of the world’s most recognized producers of innovative, contemporary, Disability Art events, has announced an open call for designers for its 2018 Process and Presence Fashion Show. They are looking for designs from artists and fashion designers who want to get involved with a movement destined to change cultural expectations, explanations, and experiences of fashion itself.

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The Event

The 2018 Process and Presence Fashion Show will take place on September 22, 2018 at the world-renowned Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (Meijer Gardens) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Part celebration and part critique, this not be your typical runway show. Instead, this evening of fashion, artists, and Disabled models will collectively speak to the placement/displacement of the disabled body within the fashion world. Inspirations for the show, including the designs, will be pulled from the Process and Presence: Contemporary Disability Sculpture exhibition occurring simultaneously at Meijer Gardens.

Through a state-of-the- art production, the expected audience of 2000+ will be participants in a cultural and political event that makes a statement about design and the Disabled body. The 2018 DisArt Fashion Show will be a time-based entry in ArtPrize, an international art competition which occurs in Grand Rapids, Michigan. If selected as a winning entry, all winnings will be directed back to DisArt which is a non-profit 501c3 organization.


Winning designs will be chosen by a panel of professionals working in fashion and Disability Art. The top to designs will win $5000 and $2500.


Dr. David Rosen has been the senior vice president and president of three design colleges with fashion programs and has worked numerous fashion shows. Currently he serves as a chair of the economic development committee for the Nashville Fashion Alliance, where he is intimately involved in the business of fashion.

Javier Cruz is a New York-based fashion designer, strategist and consultant who has worked with world renown companies such as Alexander McQueen, Donna Karan, and Calvin Klein, just to mention a few. His latest positions include working with Stoll America, Nike and Gap Inc. Early in his career he was awarded a coveted spot in the senior fashion show at F.I.T. and prior to that, his Associate degree thesis won him the Critic’s Award.

Robert Andy Coombs is a photographer currently living and working in Grand Rapids Michigan. His artwork delves into disability culture, activism, and sexuality. He earned his BFA at Kendall College of Art.

Questions? Contact Jill Vyn |


DisArt is an arts and culture organization that promotes full cultural participation of the Disabled community through strategic partnerships, carefully curated public events, and consultation.

DisArt programming amplifies the voice, visibility, and value of all Disabled people. DisArt uses cutting-edge disability arts exhibitions and performances, digital experiences, conferences, organizational consulting, and public workshops as the means to engage a variety of audiences in dialogues about the lived experience of disability.

We exist to challenge common negative stereotypes associated with disability in order to increase the participation of Disabled people in our communities.

Photo Credit: ArtPrize


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