Empowering young fashion creatives
Bilbao International Art & Fashion – BIAAF is non-profit organization devoted to the launch of young promising fashion designers from all over the world provided they are talented, innovative and radically creative.
Always in touch with emerging designers, renowned fashion schools and fashion industry experts worldwide, we develop many activities, such as a fashion design contest, forums, conferences and training activities in prestigious institutions.
Fashion as a true cultural value
BIAAF’s international scope aims for showing different approaches of fashion towards art.
Our International Fashion Design Contest is targeted at emerging designers aged 18 to 35 and counts with the support and advice of renowned professionals in the world of fashion.
Participants can choose between two categories: Outfit Design and Accessory Design, awarded with €10.000 each. All participants can attend both categories
Encouraging creativity and innovation
Providing emerging fashion designers with the necessary tools and skills to take a broader view of their own capabilities as creatives.
With the aim of discovering their true potential and helping them to go further in exploring their creativity and finding technical solutions to their innovative design ideas.
Generating opportunities for those young creatives willing to lead a cutting-edge and innovative future in terms of sustainability, employability and entrepreneurship.
Creatives as agents of change
We select, support and connect young fashion creatives, helping them grow and inspire others, aiming for a multiplier effect of our project.
We believe in them as activators of change and drivers of economic and social development, helping them build their own entrepreneurial initiatives.
We aim at developing an ecosystem of collaboration and co-creation to build a sense of community among these young fashion creatives.
Our advisory committee
Valerie SteeleDirector and Chief Curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.
Juan Ignacio VidarteDirector General at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, President.
Miren ArzalluzFashion Historian, Director of the Palais Galliera.
Lourdes FernándezDirector and Founder at Artingenium, Art Office.
Pamela GolbinCurator, author and fashion historian.
Jan MillerFashion & Creative Industries Management Consultant.
Elisa PalominoResearch Associate at the Arctic Studies Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Javier AlonsoGlobal Human Resources Director. Digital & Cultural transformation expert in fashion, retail and hospitality.
Diane BeckerDirector of Didactic Projects for the Consorzio Vera Pelle Italiana Conciata al Vegetale responsible for the prestigious Craft the Leather programs.
Miren VivesDirector at Cristobal Balenciaga Museum, Getaria.