The Tengri Innovation Award seeks to discover and champion emerging designers. We’re looking for recent graduates and recently qualified tailoring professionals who are pioneering innovative and unique ways of working with textiles – demonstrating a reworking of traditional techniques in a contemporary way.

This award is intended to enable recent graduates and newly qualified tailoring professionals to continue to innovate while working within the industry, with a commissioned brief and yarns sponsorship.


Application for this award is open to graduates who have been awarded their degree within the last nine months, and tailoring professionals who achieved their qualification within the last 12 months. Entrants will be exploring an innovative approach to textiles and wish to continue pursuing developments.

Candidates who are successfully shortlisted will be required to be available for interviews with the judging panel (via Skype) between 9-11 September 2019.

Award prize: £1000

The prize is a yarns or fabrics sponsorship award to the value of £500, plus a £500 cash prize. Winners will be expected to display their innovation in a Tengri showcase.

Application process

Submissions open on 8 July 2019 and close on 29 August 2019.

To apply, please answer the questions in the online application form, and provide supporting materials (weblinks and/or PDFs) that demonstrate your body of work.

Award schedule 2019

8 July: Applications open

29 August: Applications close

4 September: Shortlisted candidates informed

9-11 September: Skype interviews of shortlisted candidates

1 October: Award winner(s) announced

If you have any questions about the Tengri Innovation Award, please email

View Terms and Conditions here.

Previous winners

You can also find out more about the 2018 winners here.