MONTH OF DESIGN LJUBLJANA
For more than 10 years Slovenia’s capital has been all about design in October. The Month of Design Ljubljana is an unmissable ensemble of events exploring, evaluating and solving problems of living, bringing together creatives and businesses while encouraging interdisciplinary dialogue.
Month of Design is an annual festival of know-how and creativity in design. It offers platform for discourse focused on exploring the role of design in creative industries, business, culture and social practices. The main aim of Month of Design is to increase the competitiveness of businesses and society, establish knowledge transfers between developed and less developed economies, and emphasise the strategic, economic and cultural advantages of design. Month of Design aims to become an important cluster and the very special creative hub on the future map of Ljubljana, its hometown. This ambition is based on the right mix of sustainability, multiculturalism, legacy of dialogue, green self-sufficiency, manageable distances and large scale urban planning.
This year Month of Design is taking place in the abandoned premises of printing house Mladinska Knjiga in Ljubljana, 6 October - 6 November 2014. Its motto: “It is possible!”. Speaking of fashion design, the highlights of this year’s festival will be the international fashion and product design exhibition of South-East Europe “Brands & Signs”, and the conceptual international fashion design exhibition “The Identity”, showcasing designs of carefully selected creatives from all over the globe. Fashion related activities will be curated by Eric Maj Potocnik and Matjaz Plosinjak. Furthermore Month of Design will also offer a diverse rage of conferences, discussions and workshops.
BRANDS & SIGNS EXHIBITION // Call for entries open until 1 August 2014
An international fashion and product design exhibition Brands & Signs, showcasing a selection of original, innovative, well made products from the region of South-East Europe, will be one of the highlights of the Slovenian annual design-related festival Month of Design Ljubljana 2014 (6 October - 6 November 2014). The geographical position of Slovenia, located right in between the Alps in Central Europe and the Balkan Peninsula, makes it a gateway into the South-East Europe.
Exhibition is open to individual designers, teams and companies of South-East Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey) from environmental care, labour, transport, urban planning, gaming, society and fashion. Speaking of fashion, designers are invited to apply within the following categories: ready to wear, haute couture, avant-garde, designer footwear, accessories and jewelry. Furthermore designers and brands are invited to offer their products in the pop-up and online store of Month of Design and can also take a part in short public presentations titled Stage 180. Among showcased products the jury of Month of Design will award the best of them.
Designers interested in applying for Brands & Signs can find more information online.
// CALL FOR ENTRIES: http://mesecoblikovanja.com/images/info/Brands_and_Signs-Call-for-Entries.pdf
// FAQ: http://mesecoblikovanja.com/images/info/Frequently%20-asked-questions-Brands-and-Signs.pdf
// ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM: http://mesecoblikovanja.com/cms/form_builder/#/forms/publish/25
Photo editorial credits:
Photographer: Vid Vorsic
Garments: Eric Matyash