Guidelines for Entry

Eligibility & Registration

Only registered competitors may submit an entry to the Extending the Life of Clothes Awards.

The Awards will be open to final year fashion and textile design undergraduates, MA students and professional fashion and textile designers from industry that live, work or study in England.

Competitors must complete the online registration form ahead of submitting their work.


Competitors must be either a fashion or textiles design graduate or in their last year of a design course (BA or MA) and be graduating in 2015.


Competitors from industry must be working (including freelance) as a fashion or textile designer for:

  • A fashion house, brand or retailer
  • Within the supply chain
  • Their own label or be thinking of starting their own label

Restrictions on entrants

Employees and agents (or families of such employees or agents) of WRAP or Defra or anyone else connected with the administration of the award are prohibited from entering.

Competition Guidelines 

The awards are operated by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), The Old Academy, 21 Horse Fair, Banbury, Oxon, 0X160AH, and supported by Defra.

Competitors must ensure that their work is submitted in the format as stipulated in the competition format and submission section. Competitors who do not adhere to the guidelines will be deemed noncompliant.

By entering the awards, competitors will acknowledge that the work they are entering is their own original work, and does not contain any trademarks, logos, copyrighted material or any other intellectual property belonging to any third party.

Competitors will also agree to WRAP announcing their name publically as a winner on WRAP’s website and in any other media in any form including twitter and Facebook.

The finalists must contact WRAP by email within 3 days of being notified in order to confirm their attendance of the final interview. If for any reason they do not respond to the notification email within this timeframe, WRAP reserves the right to withdraw their name and work from the awards final judging process. WRAP shall not be liable for any delay or failure of any message communication.

Finalists are responsible for all travel costs and expenses incurred to attend the final interview process.

Intellectual Property

The intellectual property rights (patents, registered designs, unregistered design right, copyright, etc) of all designs submitted in the competition remain with the candidate. If any sponsor wishes to make use of the work submitted in the competition, a licence or transfer must be negotiated with the candidate. Whilst WRAP claims no intellectual property rights, it does reserve the right to retain designs for exhibition and publicity purposes and to reproduce them in any report of its work, the online exhibition and other publicity material (including the WRAP website). In the case of work carried out during an internship, different conditions will apply. Candidates should note that certain intellectual property rights (e.g. patents) may be irrevocably lost if action to register them is not taken before any disclosure in exhibitions, press material etc.