BERLIN — The Fashion Council Germany has teamed up with Hennes & Mauritz to launch a fellowship program starting July 1.
The collaboration was announced at Zeitmagazin Konferenz Mode & Stil on the opening day of fashion week here by Christiane Arp, editor in chief of Vogue Germany and president of the FCG, Thorsten Mindermann, H&M country manager Germany, and Ann-Sofie Johannson, H&M’s creative advisor.
“We have discussed this so many times and now we really can put our hands to the task to help young designers in Germany grow,” said Mindermann.
Up to five designers will be supported by FCG’s network and gain access to H&M’s practices in the headquarters in Stockholm and at the German offices in Hamburg for a period of two years.
Candidates who have been in business between one and five years can apply in an open call via FCG’s Web site between July 15 and Aug. 31, and will be selected by November.
Founded in January 2015, the Fashion Council Germany is the first national organization devoted to support the interests of German fashion design. Along with the fellowship program, the FCG announced William Fan as third mentor of the council’s mentoring program in collaboration with the Berlin senate.
“When we founded the FCG, we promised to use our little phonebooks to reach out and create an awareness that we need help. I think that lobby is so important because we need to work with the industry and with the politics. And we are proud that we convinced H&M to collaborate with us – it gives us the confidence that we are on the right paths and that we aim at international goals,” Arp told WWD.