Young designers honored during Berlin Fashion Week

At the start of Berlin Fashion Week, seven promising young designers were awarded the European Fashion Award FASH 2016. The awards, valued at EUR 200,000 in total, were presented in front of 250 guests on Monday evening by the non-profit organization SDBI –Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation). The ceremony took place in the impressive halls of Berlin’s Neues Museum, part of the Museum Island UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Shaping Change
Visions for a new era formed the focus of the European Fashion Award FASH 2016’s theme, “Change”. Digital transformation is currently bringing fundamental change to the way fashion is sold, presented, and designed. Online shopping, live streams and Instagram have changed everything. The seven winners of the European Fashion Award FASH 2016 are shaping this change. From demonstrating the potential of purely industrial production to entirely new approaches to sustainable fashion: The creative and technical abilities of the award winners are impressive, and the creative output is fascinating. The award-winning projects focus on concepts exploring fashion’s potential, and have more in common with concept cars than clothing for everyday wear.
German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs Calls on Companies to Take Advantage of Creative Potential
“Companies are in urgent need of the sort of creativity exhibited by the award winners. It’s becoming more and more important for the industry to take advantage of this innovation potential,” stressed Brigitte Zypries, the Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, in her welcoming speech. For this potential to be realized, both the industry and young fashion designers must reach out to each other.
The SDBI offers comprehensive support to the award winners along their journey into a career in fashion. Experienced designers, who can still clearly remember the start of their own careers, act as mentors and give the award winners practical advice on finding and maintaining contacts or on building a career. This work is supported by major partners such as the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service).
Germany’s First Fashion Film on Digital Posters
During Berlin Fashion Week, the six winning projects will be showcased in Friedrichstraße underground station through a series of short fashion films. This is the first time that fashion films will be shown on digital posters in Germany. Friedrichstraße underground station is at the heart of Berlin Fashion Week. Although access to the Berlin Fashion Week is only available to ticketsholders, the posters mean that everyone can be a part of the event between June 27 and July 2. This was made possible thanks to the support of WallDecaux.
In addition, the exhibition of the winner’s collections in the Neues Museum was open to the public all day long.
Awards Worth EUR 200,000
Luca Vasta hosted the ceremony, dressed in an outfit by Tim Labenda (FASH 2013). The award was presented along with exclusive porcelain trophies donated by Hering Berlin. The European Fashion Award FASH comes to over EUR 200,000 in value. In addition to the prize money, the award also includes mentoring, a catalog, PR, an exhibition, and an awards ceremony. Also central to the award are the photos taken by Parisian fashion and portrait photographer Franco P. Tettamanti, who has worked for Dior, Louis Vuitton, Akris, and Vivienne Westwood.
The demanding competition–which attracts entrants from all over the world–is aimed at design students in their fourth semester and beyond. The winning collections were selected anonymously from projects submitted by 151 participants from 28 countries according to set criteria by a jury of prestigious industry figures.
Famous guests
Guests celebrated the awards in the Neues Museum’s impressive Griechischer Hof (Greek courtyard), which was restored by architect David Chipperfield. German Prädikat wine was served with cheese and bread from local Berlin producers in the neighboring vestibule. The exhibition of winning projects was made possible by Pentherformes Group, who supplied the mannequins.
In addition to the winners’ families and friends, opinion leaders from retail, education, and politics, as well as managers and designers from top companies like Comma, Freitag, Galeries Lafayette, KaDeWe, Hess Natur, Mavi, Max Mara, Peek & Cloppenburg, Quartier 206 or Zalando were also present at the event. Media representatives from Achtung, ARD, Welt, Vogue, ZDF, L’Officiel Hommes, WWD or ZDF attended the award ceremony, just like political deciders from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs, the German states and embassies. For example, Kristina Falke (Falke), Marcus Kurz (Fashion Council Germany), Alois Loew (Loew PR), Adrian Margelist (Liebeskind), Ingeborg Neumann (President Gesamtverband Textil + Mode), Dr. Peter Ramsauer (MdB) or Grit Seymour (Wolford) joined the event. This gave the award winners the opportunity to make initial contacts before entering the world of fashion.
The Award Winners – Student Category 1st prize: Flora Sophie Taubner and Lars Dittrich, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle University of Art and Design (7th semester) 2nd prize: Julian Weth, Akademie JAK, Hamburg (7th semester) 3rd prize: Aylin Tomta, Fachhochschule Bielefeld (4th semester)
The Award Winners – Graduate Projects Category 1st prize: Katharina Buczek, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design (Master’s) 2nd prize: Agnė Alaburdaitė, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (Bachelor’s) 3rd prize: Rani Maria Lange, Fachhochschule Bielefeld (Master’s)