Fashion Accessories Design

collage of fashion mood board, windmills, nature, fabrics and ice

International Fashion Accessories Design (FAD) High School Competition

CCS is excited to offer 10 high school students an opportunity to attend the College’s Precollege Fashion Accessories Design Summer Camp at no cost. The three-week camp earns each student three college credits. All students entering the contest will have their work judged by industry professionals, but only 10 will be offered a scholarship that will cover the cost of attending the camp, travel to the camp (up to $500), housing, food and materials.

This year, CCS is asking students embrace sustainability in response to the challenges within the fashion accessory industry. Entrants are encouraged to find creative alternative ways to transform materials and designs into fashion accessories defined as footwear, handbags, or other accessories that compliment apparel. Creative thinking and meaningful and sustainable up-cycling design solutions for effective environmental value are optimal. The theme encompasses cultural, ethical and environmental change.

The Fashion Accessories Design Residency Competition is made possible by a generous gift from Danialle and Peter Karmanos, Jr. Submissions are due March 1, 2020. 

What is Sustainable Fashion?

Read about the theory of sustainable fashion or view some of the examples from Sustainable Thinking Ferragamo exhibition.


Two $40,000 Scholarships to attend the Fashion Accessories Design Undergraduate Program

Current graduating high school seniors and transfer students can win a $40,000 scholarship to the Fashion Accessories Design undergraduate program at CCS and a trip to Detroit to receive the award.

Submission Process:

  1. Enter the competition by uploading mood board, up to 5 illustrations, 90 second video or 300 word max written summary of your vision - following the theme of sustainability.

  2. In addition to entering the competition you must ALSO apply to CCS's Undergraduate program by December 1, 2019.

Ten $3,500 full scholarships to attend the Fashion Accessories Design Summer Residency

Current high school students (freshman, sophomore, junior or international equivalent) can win a $3,500 full scholarship to attend the CCS Fashion Accessories Design Residency, Summer 2020 (Precollege Summer Experience).

Submission Process:

Upload mood board, up to 5 illustrations, 90 second video or 300 word max written summary of your vision - following the theme of sustainability. 

Who Can Enter:

  • Current high school students who will have completed their freshman year by July 1, 2020.
  • Students currently enrolled in a college program seeking to transfer.
  • US and international students.

students in the fashion studio cutting fabrics

Timing & Deadlines:

  • September 1, 2019: Competition submission opens
  • March 1, 2020: Entry deadline
  • March 15, 2020 (via mail): Winners announced
  • May 15, 2020 – Winners must accept award and submit PCSE commitment forms
  • June 1, 2020 – Winners confirm travel arrangements with CCS
  • July 12 – August 2, 2020 CCS Precollege Summer Experience

General Rules:

  • The decisions of the judges shall be final and binding in all matters pertaining to the Competition.
  • Entry must not contain material that violates or infringes another's rights, including but not limited to, privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement.
  • Entry must be the original work of Entrant.


  • Aki Choklat, CCS
  • Myriam Coudoux, Swarovski
  • Jonci Cukier, Eileen Fisher
  • Ben Ewy, Carhartt
  • Jen Guarino, Shinola
  • Danialle Karmanos
  • Tracy Reese
  • Adrien Yakimov Roberts, Ambassador of London Graduate Fashion Week
  • Dora Szilagyi, Adidas 

Judges Criteria:

The Judges will evaluate each Finalist's entry according to the following weighted criteria, each weighted at 25%:

  1. Vision
  2. Originality
  3. Viability
  4. Concept and Presentation

Finalists with the highest overall scores from the Judges will be deemed potential winners pending verification of eligibility and compliance with these guidelines, as determined by CCS at its sole discretion.

Competition Details:

Current Graduating High School Seniors + Transfer Students:

The winning students will be placed in the Fall 2020 Fashion Accessories Design undergraduate program at CCS. Students must be accepted and enrolled at CCS in order to receive this prize. Students must remain enrolled in Fashion Accessories Design at CCS in good academic standing.

Scholarship of $40,000 will be applied over 4 years ($10,000 per year for 4 years). If the first-place winner does not accept the award, this award will be given to the next highest qualifier from Competition. No cash equivalent will be awarded in lieu of scholarship.

Winner must meet all admissions criteria of College for Creative Studies and be admitted and enrolled as a full-time student.

Current High School Freshman, Sophomore, Juniors:

Up to Ten $3,500 full scholarships to attend CCS Fashion Accessories Design Residency, summer 2020 (Precollege Summer Experience).

The winning students will need to complete the application for the Precollege Summer Experience in order to confirm their Residency scholarship and registration.

This scholarship is provided by the College for Creative Studies and Danialle and Peter Karmanos, Jr. and is subject to change.

Entrants retain your rights to your illustration; however, by entering the contest, you grant the College for Creative Studies (CCS) a fully paid, royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any CCS purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion of the CCS Fashion Accessories Design Challenge, and its website, exhibition, and commercial products, including but not limited to College for Creative Studies publications.