York Fashion Week x Yorwaste

The Competition


Yorwaste is proud to be hosting the closing show of York Fashion Week on 6th May 2024, and we need your innovative designs for the runway.


We’re looking for 40 fashion looks from designers based in York and North Yorkshire. And the theme, is upcycling! We want you to explore ways of reworking PPE and discarded clothing into innovative and stylish new designs, that are good enough to wow the YFW crowds.


Our panel of judges will select 40 looks to be exhibited on the final night of York Fashion Week, with 25 of these being worn by models on the runway. And you’ll have four weeks to bring the design to life.


Need a bit of support sourcing the fabrics you need to bring your design to life? Simply let us know as part of your application.


How to Enter


To be in with a chance of seeing your work on display at this dazzling event, we ask that you submit the following information to competition@yorkfashionweek.com with Yorwaste Entry in the subject box by 20th March 2024.


  • A sketch of your design.
  • Up to 200 words describing your concept including what materials you plan on using.
  • We need to know if your piece is a wearable piece of fashion, or if it might be better suited to a mannequin display.
  • If you require some support in sourcing the fabric for your piece, please just let us know.


The Prize


Our panel of judges will choose 40 looks in total to be exhibited in our standout show at York Fashion Week, on 6th May 2024. 25 looks will be worn by models for a runway show, and 15 will be on display to be enjoyed by our guests.




  • Competition is open to students who are aged between 14-17 at the time of the runway show.
  • Competition is open to schools and education bodies that fall within York and North Yorkshire.
  • We ask that designs are designed to one of the following sizes:
    • Women’s Dress Size 8-12. Chest 33”-36”, Waist 25-28”, Hips 35”-39”, Height 5’5’’-5’9’’
    • Men’s Size Medium. Chest 38”-40”, Waist 34”-36”, Height 5’8”-6’0”


The winning pieces will only use reworked and recycled clothing, with a big focus on PPE. We don’t want you to purchase new fabric or materials to deliver the final look.


The Judges


The judging panel will be announced shortly.




Competition launch: w/c 19th February 2024

Deadline for entries: 20th March 2024

Judging Process: 21st-28th March 2024

Winners Announced: 1st April 2024

Finishing Upcycling Piece: 2nd April-5th May 2024

Show: 6th May 2024

FAQ’s & Help

When is the fashion show?

The fashion show will be on the 6th May 2024. 40 winners' work will be featured either on the runway or exhibited in the venue.

Who is the competition open for?

The competition is open for young aspiring designers aged 14-17.

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