It’s a Fashion Design Student Thing!
The IFTF sponsored ReMix International Fur Design Competition unveiled its 2011 winners in Milan last week to great fanfare. These student finalists raised the bar in fur design and were deservedly rewarded for the skilled and ingenious creations.
Judged on the basis of creativity, wearability and saleability by an international panel of designers and celebrity judges the main awards went as:
Gold prize: Sarah Lam Woon Hei (Hong Kong)
Silver prize, and, the OA Special Award: Annika Heikinheimo (Finland)
Bronze prize: Yuya Itoh (Japan)
Pimp my Coat: Thom Olson (USA)
The last category and concept, Pimp my Coat, was devised by the IFTF’s Young Fur Traders’ Committee to help demonstrate the sustainability of fur. It provides designers with the opportunity to rework a vintage full-length mink coat and redesign it to reflect future design trends. In Olson’s case, he created two pieces from one coat!
Let’s not forget that students need opportunities to showcase their talent and such competitions are helping keep the fashion industry nurture creativity. I’ve dealt with enough fashion students to know that there is an immense interest in fur across the spectrum and some serious budding talent among design school students. I’ll delve into it in greater depth with another blog entry.
In the meantime, check the IFTF ReMix International Fur Design Competition 2011 award ceremony highlights.