Five advance to stage three of the First Global MoDA Grant
On Monday, five designers were selected from a pool of 20 to advance to the third round of the First Global MoDA Grant, now in it's third year. The designers selected were Yanique Mitchell, Rachel Chen, Ariel Brown (Ari Natural), Micha Wheatle, and design duo Perfect Sense.
The selection took place at the ICWI building in New Kingston. Candidates were given the challenge of creating one look using a theme from the James Bond movie series. The piece should comprise of only 40 per cent traditional fabrics and 60 per cent unconventional materials. Some of these looks included clothes pins, clocks, newspaper, magazine clippings, rice and sugar bags as well as shower curtain lining, and even caution tape.
To make the selection of the top five, the judges - Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications at First Global Bank Peter Lindo; The Collection MoDA Director Kerry-Ann Clarke; The Collection MoDA Creative Director Fidge Fletcher; and guest judge International recording artiste Tessanne Chin, scored each design out of 100 with 20 points allotted to each of the following areas: construction, finish, design, use of unconventional materials, and interpretation of the theme.
"The designers that we saw today were amazing! There is an incredible amount of talent in Jamaica especially among our young designers, which made selecting the top five quite difficult. They did beyond what we asked of them. The Collection Moda is focused on equipping these designers with the knowledge of the business of fashion, so in addition to the $250,000 from First Global Bank, they will receive mentorship to take their business to the next level," Fidge Fletcher, told Flair.
The five designers selected will now have to work on their round-three challenge, which is to present a piece from their most recent collection at The Collection MoDA runway show on November 22. On the night, one lucky designer will be selected as the recipient of the First Global Bank MoDA Grant, valued at $250,000. The winner will also receive a Samsung tablet courtesy of Black Ink and business mentorship.