Eloquii clothes fitting. Courtesy.
The Cultivate Award is open to emerging, independent BIPOC designers who have offered clothing size 14 and upwards for at least two years, with the chance to win a $10,000 grant, a year of professional mentorship, and the opportunity to sell a capsule collection on plus-size women’s fashion site Eloquii. Two runners-up will be awarded prizes including a $2,500 scholarship grant, and there will also be a “voter’s choice” category.
Applications are open and judged on a rolling basis until March 1, 2021, with finalists and winners announced via livestream in May. The panel of judges includes The Cut editor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner, celebrity stylist Timothy Snell, Liris Crosse — the first plus-size model to win Project Runway — and Eloquii director of design Yesenia Torres.