ITS Contest

International Talent Support was launched in 2002 and throughout its 21-year history it has developed into the most highly recognised platform to showcase & support the strongest young talents on the planet. Most importantly, it created agrowing network made of emerging designers, fashion industry leaders, artists, stylists, photographers and editors. In addition, by collecting items from each finalist it has established a unique collection tracing the history of fashion evolution, early works of designers who are re-shaping today’s industry.


Barbara Franchin is the president of Fondazione ITS, responsible for ITS Arcademy - Museum of Art in Fashion and for ITS Contest.

Born and raised in Trieste, Italy, an eclectic city that enjoys an ideal perspective for a pure and free look at creativity compared to traditional fashion hubs, in 2001 Barbara founded EVE, a one-of-a-kind creative agency formed by a group of young, passionate visionaries.

EVE launched the first edition of ITS Contest in 2002, selecting promising talents from the most renowned fashion design schools worldwide. The award is an  instant success in terms of critical acclaim and audience. It is attended by over 400 guests including journalists, trendsetters, opinion leaders, intellectuals and key people of the international fashion system.

In 2006 EVE turns into a Cultural Association and in 2022 becomes Fondazione ITS, a foundation aimed at supporting and promoting educational activities in artistic and cultural fields.

Barbara's passion for art and culture, as well as her determination to preserve, catalogue and cherish the unique and pristine creativity coming from ITS Contest, led to the creation of an unrivaled collection of artworks tracing the evolution of contemporary fashion.

An ever-evolving creative legacy that currently holds 14,758 portfolios, 1,089 fashion items, 163 accessories, 118 jewelry pieces, and over 700 digital photography projects.

By building and nurturing the collection, Barbara lays the foundations for ITS Arcademy, an exhibition space, a creative archive and a learning centre that opened its doors to the public on April 18th 2023. 1400 square metres  in the centre of Trieste, open to all, to cultivate creativity, be inspired and experiment.

Barbara Franchin is internationally recognised among the most important professionals in the fashion scene: in 2010 Elle Magazine voted her as one of the 100 most important women in fashion; in 2016 Business of Fashion included her in the coveted BoF 500 list and in 2020 Forbes listed her among the 100 successful women for leadership and creativity.

Fondazione ITS  is the foundation  responsible for International Talent Support and ITS Arcademy - Museum of Art in Fashion, and other projects.

It incorporates the ideals of its predecessor the Eve Cultural Association Creativity Research Lab, continuing the creative path blazed by the former in developing and managing the ITS Contest, now more than twenty years old, and carrying forward the development of ITS Arcademy.

Organisation chart and contacts

ITS Foundation President
Barbara Franchin
ITS Foundation Vice President
Sergio Drioli
Artistic Director
Barbara Franchin
Art Director
Michele de Facchinetti
Creative Director
Fabio Bressan
Management Secretariat & Events
Alessia Turco

Collection & Contest Management
Matea Burmas
Virginia Dordei

Michele Colucci

Archive conservation
Edoardo Franchin Colombetta
Giorgia Potop
Elena Greco

Archive exhibitions
Rosa Fasan


Irina Ranalli
Lidia Dyal
Costanza Grassi
Teresa Antonini
Tina Gorjanc Safhalter

Giovanni Papalexis

Ticketing, Guides
& Museum services 

Enrico Barraco
Alice Giacomazzi
Lorenzo Deschi
Nazareno Bassi
Loredana Baraldo
Irlene Lozano Renteria

Paola Brandi

Press Office
Alessandro Offer

Graphic Design
and Multimedia

Marco Boncompagno
Giulio Dambrosi
Lucia Pasqualin
Martino Pilot

Copywriting &

Michele Colucci

Administration and
technical services

Stefano Michelani
Giovanni Papalexis
Angelo Liccardi
Reana Velicogna
Federico Rossi

Web & IT Consultant
Fabrizio Bressan
Matteo Colmani


For contest related enquiries

tel +39 040 300589 + choose schools & contestants from the switchboard

For all other enquiries


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