Global apparel retailer UNIQLO today announces the launch of the UTGP2023: MAGIC FOR ALL UT collection featuring the winning designs from the UT Grand Prix 2023 T-shirt design competition. A total of 13 designs were selected from among more than 10,000 entries submitted from around the world on the themes of Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars to celebrate Disney’s 100th anniversary. This special collection, to be introduced from Late May, presents familiar characters beloved worldwide by people of all generations, creatively illustrated from diverse abilities.
Thirteen illustrations highlighting the appeal of richly expressive characters
The work selected to receive the Grand Prize from among the numerous submissions received from around the world is a dynamic pen drawing by Hiroyuki Morita of Wolverine, from Marvel’s X-Men. Other winning entries include a design depicting a moment of rest for a stormtrooper from Star Wars, a design with Flash, Disney Zootopia’s sloth from the Department of Mammal Vehicles (DMV), in a bold pose, and a unique design with Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear from Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 3 shown in a style resembling nutritional information label. All the designs spotlight characters in highly original creations only available in this collection.
Comment from Grand Prize Winner Hiroyuki Morita
“I tried to express my interpretation of the character in a straightforward way, penciling it with high energy that is my distinctive style. It was fun to draw. It thrills me to think that a lot of people will see and wear my artwork on a T-shirt. Thank you!”
Launch date: Late May, 2023
Lineup: MENS T-shirts, 5 styles, Php 790
WOMENS T-shirts, 4 styles, Php 790
KIDS T-shirts, 6 styles, Php 590
Availability: All UNIQLO stores in the Philippines and the uniqlo.com online store
Special website: https://www.uniqlo.com/ph/en/contents/feature/utgp/2023/
*STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or it’s affiliates. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.
The select team of judges included, from The Walt Disney Company, Helen Pak, SVP Creative of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, Stef Kardos, Head of the Global Character Art Team, and illustrator Jerrod Maruyama. UNIQLO was represented by UT Creative Director Kosuke Kawamura.
An award ceremony will be held in early May at The Walt Disney Studios, the corporate headquarters for The Walt Disney Company in Burbank, California in the United States. As an additional prize, winners will receive a special office tour from The Walt Disney Company, including a visit to the studios where popular characters are created, and the reading room filled with valuable archive material.
About the UT Grand Prix
UNIQLO launched the UT Grand Prix design competition in 2005 to foster creativity and talent, using T-shirts as a canvas to freely express ideas with graphics and messages. The contest is open to talented and imaginative people around the world, regardless of age, gender, or nationality. Previous contests have featured such high-profile themes as Marvel, Nintendo, and Pokémon. The winning designs, selected from the numerous entries, will be produced as actual products and sold worldwide.