The ISKO I-SKOOL Grand Finale, held for the first time ever in Berlin, was all about celebrating young denim talent. On July 3rd, Glashaus was the setting to a night where this year’s winners were announced in the presence of fashion international experts and top personalities.
Promoted by ISKO, leading denim ingredient brand, and carried out with the help of its style and research division Creative Room, ISKO I-SKOOL saw its sixth edition crowned with a unique tribute to the Creative Theme launched in January 2019 at the international trade show Premium Exhibition in Berlin, the project’s Creative Theme “New Denim Codes” challenged the designers’ creativity to explore a novel perception of the body, developing the right fit for any shape or form.
A first in the history of the program, this edition welcomed participation by Denim Design Professionals in the early stages of their careers, in addition to Students in their final year of a Fashion Design BA or MA. Designers were asked to start from focusing on the body as inspiration, along with a market and target consumer analysis. They then worked on their own vision of the future of fit. They had to go beyond the creation of a single outfit, designing a complete Capsule Collection by selecting some of the most advanced ISKO denim fabrics and patented technologies.
The diversity of these emerging New Denim Codes, the variety of body types and the different facets of our society were echoed in many aspects of the evening’s concept and performances, through a mix of elements and materials.
The announced winners were:
– Winner of the Best Overall Student Award: XIAOHUI LYU, BIFT – Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
– Winner of the Best Overall Young Professional Award: ISABELLE VIENGXAY
– Winner of the Best Showpiece: XIAOHUI LYU, BIFT – Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
– Winner of the Riri Award: BILGE HAKAN GURKAYNAK, POLIMODA
– Winner of the Reca Award: IRENE DE VECCHI, NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti
– Winner of the Vogue Talents Special Mention: XIAOHUI LYU, BIFT – Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
– Winner of the Sportswear International Special Mention: ALEX LUONTO, AALTO UNIVERSITY – School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
With responsibility and sustainability playing a major role in modern fashion, the jury also looked out for the designers who, through their capsule collections, best distinguished themselves for their take on sustainability. Two finalists received high commendations for the Best Sustainable Design Award:
– Shirin Fakhradin Araghi, AMD – Akademie Mode & Design;
– Bilge Hakan Gurkaynak, POLIMODA