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International Lab of Mittelmoda 2017

The 24th Edition of the International Fashion Design Competition for Upcoming Talent

International Lab of Mittelmoda 2017

The 24th Edition of the International Fashion Design Competition for Upcoming Talent

This year the 24th edition of International Lab of Mittelmoda, one of the most sought-after and recognised international level competitions for the fashion industry was held in Milan, Italy. Since it starting in 1993, over 600 schools from across the globe have entered their work into this prestigious competition.

International Lab of Mittelmoda 2017

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Mittelmoda is a non-profit organisation which was set up to champion up and coming designers within the industry, formulating an international network within the industry to help the young designers gain important contentions within design.

International Lab of Mittelmoda 2017

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Finalists have not only the opportunity to show their work on the catwalk, but also are given support to further their career within design which is an invaluable opportunity to any young designer.

International Lab of Mittelmoda 2017

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The Fashion Award

Within the fashion award there are various categories, encouraging applications from all areas of fashion design including menswear, womenswear, and accessories and more specifically leather, jewellery, embroidery and knitwear.

International Lab of Mittelmoda 2017

Image: Nika Furlani

Set in the impressive Milan Fashion Week venue Fabbrica del Vapore, preparations were made as the 23 finalists gave their presentations to the 16 members of the jury, among whom was Matteo Marzotto, the president of Mittelmoda International Lab. Once the presentations were over, the finalists were able to enjoy watching their collection feature amongst those of some of the most talented young designers in the world.

International Lab of Mittelmoda 2017

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The Fashion Award is divided into the following categories; alongside the category is the winner of the specific award.

 

Absolute Prize for the Most Creative Collection

Katie Ann McGuigan – UK

 

Absolute Prize for the Most Experimental Collection

Marketa Martiskova – Czech Republic

 

‘Fil Rouge’ Lectra Special Prize

Athena Greta Barbieri – Italy

 

‘Fil Rouge’ Lectra Special Prize

Merve Ucar – Turkey

 

Woolmark Prize for the Most Innovative Use of Wool

Eleana Burrows – UK

 

Leather Prize by Origin Passion and Beliefs

Mirjana Klepic – Croatia

 

Stone Prize by Origin Passion and Beliefs

Nour Daher – Lebanon

 

Textile Prize by Origin Passion and Beliefs

Vita Ivicic – Slovenia

 

Technology Prize by Origin Passion and Beliefs

Birgit Saviauk – Estonia

 

Ones to Watch

Claudio Maria Potenti’s effortless Spring Summer collection radiated style and would not have looked out of place in the previous week’s Milano Moda Uomo. A blend of sports-luxe and tailoring, Claudio juxtaposed traditional crafts such as crochet and hand embroidery with lasercut woven fabrics to create an incredible and innovative collection.

International Lab of Mittelmoda 2017

Image: Nika Furlani

Eleana Burrows stood out from the rest of the finalists through the apparent simplicity of her collection. A cleverly composed mix of knitwear, latex and coated woven fabrics gave each outfit a rich variety of textures, which, on closer inspection, highlighted the amount of time and effort spent creating such seemingly paired down pieces. It is therefore, not surprising that Eleana was selected by Woolmark for their prestigious prize.

International Lab of Mittelmoda 2017

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Louise Kavanagh from the National College of Art and Design in Ireland made her mark with a high impact collection that looked as if it belonged on the Central Saint Martin’s graduate catwalk. Inspired by her internship in New York, her conceptual and youthful collection screamed fun and energy.

International Lab of Mittelmoda 2017

Image: Louise Kavanagh

As one of the two Absolute winners of the competition, Katie Ann McGuigan’s collection sang with innovation and creativity as the models glided under the layers and layers of laser cut leather, blanket scarves and voluminous printed woven fabrics. This was a designer who had thrown everything into her collection, every concept and technical skill was showcased and had been executed perfectly.

International Lab of Mittelmoda 2017

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It is clear that this Mittelmoda is not only a fantastic showcase for emerging young talent, but also provides an opportunity for those designers to interact with their respective peers from around the world and to feel inspired by seeing their work exhibited on an international catwalk as part of Milan Fashion Week Men’s.

Article by Gabrielle Carter

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