U.S. arts-focused cable network Ovation has partnered with Condé Nast Entertainment for a primetime series called Fashion Fund, premiering in December.
The 6 x one-hour series will follow 10 emerging American-based fashion designers hoping to be named the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)/Vogue Fashion Fund winner, which comes with a US$300,000 grant and a one-year mentorship with a top name in the industry.
Produced by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg’s Break Thru Films, in association with CFDA, Vogue and Condé Nast Entertainment, viewers will see studio visits, a Vogue fashion photo shoot, and the presentation of the Fashion Fund winner at NYC Fashion Week.
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is in its 10th year and its inaugural winners were Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler. The selection committee includes Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg, Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus, Andrew Rosen of Theory, and Jenna Lyons of J.Crew.
“This is the real deal. There have been a lot of fashion competition series on television, but nothing comes close to matching the authenticity and talent found in The Fashion Fund,” said Robert Weiss, Ovation’s chief creative officer. “It’s truly an honor to be working with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.”
“The Fashion Fund will captivate audiences, documenting the rise of the next generation of designers as they gain immeasurable insight from the industry’s foremost talent,” added Dawn Ostroff, president of Condé Nast Entertainment. “Ovation is a perfect home for the series and we look forward to giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look.”