The Met Hosts a T-Shirt Design Competition Exclusively for Teens
What do you get when you mix a groundbreaking exhibition, a cutting-edge curatorial team, two enthusiastic Museum educators, and a great American fashion company? A T-shirt design competition for teens!
Ever since Project Runway first featured the Met in 2008, I have wanted to host a design contest for teens inspired by our collections. The Museum is the perfect place to inspire high school students interested in fashion. Our encyclopedic collection spans the world and the history of human artistic contribution, and is open to all teens, whether for quiet personal reflection or in the company of friends.
The exhibition American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity, which opens at the Met on May 5 and is organized by the Museum's Costume Institute, focuses on seven archetypes of American femininity. While planning events related to the show, fellow Museum educator Aimee Dixon and I met with Costume Institute curators Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton to brainstorm ideas for teen programs. Andrew mentioned that the exhibition sponsor, Gap, would be creating seven T-shirts based on the feminine archetypes explored in the show. It became clear to all of us that this was the perfect opportunity to organize a T-shirt design competition for teens.
So for all of you teens out there: visit the exhibition American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity at the Met, on view May 5 through August 15, and the companion exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection (on view May 7 through August 1), and let the creative juices flow. Both exhibitions highlight American style and celebrate the transfer of the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection to the Met. Spend time in either or both exhibitions studying a single dress or an entire gallery. Get ideas from the details of an ensemble or from a fashion theme in the exhibition—then create your own T-shirt design. Check the details below for how to submit your design. I look forward to seeing your creations!
Here's the Scoop on How to Enter
Here's the Good Part
A panel of fashion world judges will review the illustrated T-shirt design entries. They will evaluate submissions based on creativity, execution of presentation, and visual expression. Winners will be notified by telephone no later than July 10, 2010. All decisions are final.
Each of the three finalists shall win:
I didn't want the fun to end there, so we've planned two other special teen events this summer: A Conversation with Two Artists: Fashion! on Friday, May 14, and Teen Festival of Fashion: From Suffragists to Sirens on Saturday, July 17, 2010. I hope to see you there.
Have any questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alice W. Schwarz is Museum educator in charge of Teen Programs.