ITS Contest 2022 The Ark of Creativity

ITS Contest is an international award for emerging designers set up in Trieste in 2002, open for all young fashion, accessories and jewellery designers who believe in their ideas despite everything.

It navigates the global creative currents to discover and promote talent, offering career opportunities and preserving creativity for future generations. It logs changes and innovations tracing the evolution of contemporary fashion, building a picture of how the surrounding environment profoundly influences today’s young designers, enabling them to anticipate and predict future scenarios.

A wide number of ITS finalists went on to re-shape the fashion industry. Former finalists like Demna Gvasalia (Creative Director at Balenciaga), Matthieu Blazy (Creative Director at Bottega Veneta), Alithia Spuri-Zampetti (Associate Head of Design Alexander McQueen) and Nicolas di Felice (Creative Director at Maison Courrèges) are among the over 630 talents revealed by ITS that today work in some of the most coveted positions in the fashion world. We are in awe of what they have accomplished and very proud to present you with the ITS Contest 2022 generation.

ITS Contest 2022 – The Ark of Creativity

Sailing the wave

For twenty years we sailed in search of ideas that describe you. Sailing through different lives, boundless imaginations, on the crests of your stories. With the helm held tightly in our hands, we discovered creative and emotional treasures.

We saw footprints and traced hundreds of thousands of tracks, but we trusted the compass that led us to each of you. We have shared journeys and experiences, weathered storms, followed the flow and the uncontrollable passage of time, which we have sailed with consciousness and understanding.

We plunged into your minds, sometimes surrounded by the dense silence of messages. Never stop gliding on this liquid path of life: we will guard your first creatures, as in a book of myths. The ark that protects and welcomes will always blow in the wind of freedom to embrace other fellow travellers.

From our hometown Trieste we will continue to explore the world. Certain that new treasures enclosed in precious coffers will let us keep surprising the world.

Raise the sails.

BARBARA FRANCHIN
ITS Founder and Director

ITS celebrates 20 years of creativity

Through ITS Contest we sailed the seas of creativity led by the trail of talent. We saved from oblivion treasures we showcased, preserved and stored for the future. In 20 years we built a creative archive that now has found a safe harbour, ITS Arcademy. And we are ready to open its doors.

BARBARA FRANCHIN
ITS Founder and Director

Twenty years

This is how I like to tell the story. When I was a young girl I wanted a dream dress for my high school graduation. In the building where I lived, in the town of Trieste that I love, there was a little place of wonders, a small atelier with a selection of precious fabrics. Here someone’s love of fashion rivaled and sometimes surpassed my own. Imagine me going in there. And never coming out again. Why? There is no other proof of creativity like fashion. Interpretable on so many levels, artistic, social, economic, psychological, anthropological... Even now I am still discovering more, all of which are useful to decrypt its many meanings.This is why I have decided to dedicate my life to traversing those compositional, constructional and emotional territories that make up the great puzzle of fashion as a representation of the self and, at the same time, a seismograph of a planet. By ‘fashion’, of course, I also mean the objects, whether ornamental or functional, that we wear on our bodies.

It is real, concrete and intangible, fulfilling demands of the mind and responding to those of the body. ITS was born as an incubator of new aesthetic grammars exactly twenty years ago: my desire to ‘be a family’, to be able to count on a group of people who were similar to me in terms of ideas and thought processes, led me to immediately build a small team, in order to stimulate mutual discussion, free circulation of ideas, and to welcome different points of view.

From 2002, in a city that had nothing to do with the classic fashion capitals, the first portfolios arrived from young designers from all over the world. This was in part thanks to the rapport installed with the most important fashion institutes and universities.

Prototypes, moodboards, videos, photos, music tracks arrived along with the portfolios: the manifestation of a project that gathers encounters, mental associations, happy contaminations.

It started from here, growing year after year, researching new design objects, new materials, new territories, new images. I demand a high level of professionalism from the members of the jury attending the final show and award ceremony: it is essential that honesty reigns among every member of the ITS Family, that there is no cynical approach but respect for that seed that every true designer contains within. It is up to us to nurture and cultivate it with love and care.

This practice has never failed. Perhaps in everything else, we may have become cognizant and more structured, but the focus on preserving the inner landscape of each participant has remained. What still moves me today is seeing how the arrival of the designers in Trieste during the days of ITS releases good-humoured energies, giving off an aura of cosmopolitan domesticity: after all, it is a place that has always received and hosted disparate people, cultures and spiritualities. This creates a nice emotional short circuit: with many of the finalists I stay in touch even when they become world stars like Demna Gvasalia or Matthieu Blazy, among others.

And I like to think that, if fashion is a complex universe of different materials, energies and bodies moving along different trajectories, a part of this universe - let’s call it the initial ‘Big Bang’ - was born here, under the blue skies, in front of the fiery sunsets, between a toast and an aperitif in the wonderful bars of this city.

The winners

Announcing the ITS Contest 2022 Winners! A generation of talents developing touching narratives, dreaming of improving the world, and celebrating the analog dimension of the printed book as a guardian of knowledge. One of their strongest trends were nostalgic memories of family, above all of their grandparents in this post-covid era, together with gender fluidity which has nothing to hide anymore. Not even the designers themselves, frequently involved in modeling their own work.

Charlie Constantinou

Fashion designer

Born 25th June 1998, British

ITS Arcademy Award

ITS 2022 finalist: Martina Durikovicova, Slovakian

Mata Durikovic

Fashion designer

Born 11th July 1995, Slovakian

ITS Media Award

Lucia Chain

Fashion designer

Born: April 7th 1988, Italian

ITS Video Presentation Award

A 3d image of a woman in a blue dress.

Xiaoling Jin
Zongbo Jiang

Digital fashion designer

Born 28th October 1994, Chinese
Born 8th November 1994, Chinese

ITS Digital fashion Award

Lili Schreiber

Fashion designer

Born 13th September 1996, Belgian

OTB Award

Yudai Tanaka
Anna Tanaka

Fashion designer

Born 10th October 1992 Japanese
Born 20th June 1991 Japanese

ITS Artwork Award powered by Swatch Art Peace Hotel

Hin Fung Jesse Lee

Fashion designer

Born 5th July 1994, Chinese

ITS Sportswear Award powered by Lotto Sport 1st place

Charlie Constantinou

Fashion designer

Born 25th June 1998, British

ITS Sportswear Award powered by Lotto Sport 2nd place

Edward Mendoza

Fashion designer

Born 23rd December 1992, British

Lotto Sport Award – 3rd place

Ruby Mellish

Accessories designer

Born 14th May 1998, British

ITS Special Mention powered by Luxottica

ITS 2022 finalist: Eva Heugenhauser, Austrian

Eva Heugenhauser

Fashion designer

Born 22nd October 1997, Austrian

ITS Special Mention powered by Vogue Italia

Victor Salinier

Accessories designer

Born 24th December 1997, French

ITS Responsible Creativity Award powered by CNMI

Dmytro Hontarenko

Accessories designer

Born 22nd October 1994, Ukrainian

ITS Footwear Award powered by Fondazione Ferragamo

The finalists

Twenty years of ITS, the return of our traditional physical format on 9-10 September after two covid-struck years, and the preview of ITS Arcademy with the anticipation of our First Exhibition curated by Olivier Saillard. The 20th generation of talents are up for the experience of a lifetime, and we can’t wait to finally meet them in person here in Trieste, Italy.

Fashion

Lili Schreiber

Fashion designer

Born 13th September 1996, Belgian

OTB Award

ITS 2022 finalist: Yudai & Anna Tanaka, Japanese

Yudai Tanaka
Anna Tanaka

Fashion designer

Born 10th October 1992 Japanese
Born 20th June 1991 Japanese

ITS 2022 finalist: Tatjana Haupt, German

Tatjana Haupt

Fashion designer

Born 1st February 1996, German

Brais Albor

Fashion designer

Born 1st June 1994, Spanish

ITS 2022 finalist: Hanna-Lotta Hanhela, Finnish

Hanna-Lotta Hanhela

Fashion designer

Born 29th September 1989, Finnish

ITS 2022 finalist: Ching-Lin Chen, Taiwanese

Ching-Lin Chen

Fashion designer

Born 30th June 1992, Taiwanese

ITS 2022 finalist: Eva Heugenhauser, Austrian

Eva Heugenhauser

Fashion designer

Born 22nd October 1997, Austrian

ITS Special Mention powered by Vogue Italia

ITS 2022 finalist: Petra Fagerström, Swedish

Petra Fagerström

Fashion designer

Born 10th March 1998, Swedish

ITS 2022 finalist: Asato Kitamura, Japanese

Asato Kitamura

Fashion designer

Born 19th March 1996, Japanese

ITS 2022 finalist: Martina Durikovicova, Slovakian

Mata Durikovic

Fashion designer

Born 11th July 1995, Slovakian

ITS Media Award

Charlie Constantinou

Fashion designer

Born 25th June 1998, British

ITS Arcademy Award

ITS 2022 finalist: Rafaela Pestritu, Romanian

Rafaela Pestritu

Fashion designer

Born 9th February 1995, Romanian

Accessories

ITS 2022 finalist: Marco Anzil, Italian

Marco Anzil

Accessories designer

Born 5th January 1994, Italian

Ruby Mellish

Accessories designer

Born 14th May 1998, British

ITS Special Mention powered by Luxottica

Victor Salinier

Accessories designer

Born 24th December 1997, French

ITS Responsible Creativity Award powered by CNMI

Special projects

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ITS Sportswear Award powered by Lotto Sport

€3,000, €2,000 and €1,000 awarded by Lotto Sport to three winners challenged with a sneakers project.

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ITS Artwork Award powered by Swatch Art Peace Hotel

€10,000 assigned by Swatch Art Peace Hotel, upon selection among the ITS Contest participants.

Applicants were considered for the following Awards:

ITS Arcademy Award

€15,000 and a 6-month mentorship by PITTI Immagine Tutoring & Consulting Direction to the most creative, socially aware and innovative finalist project.

ITS Media Award

€8,000 awarded by the ITS Contest 2022 Media Jury to the fashion, accessories or jewellery finalist showing the strongest ability to transmit their innovative vision in a socially meaningful way.

ITS Video Presentation Award

€3,000 awarded by ITS to the best fashion film, selected among all ITS Contest applications.

ITS Digital fashion Award

€3,000 awarded by ITS to the best digital fashion project selected among all ITS Contest applications.

OTB Award

€10,000 assigned by OTB to a fashion, accessories or jewellery finalist. 

ITS Artwork Award powered by Swatch Art Peace Hotel

€10,000 assigned by Swatch Art Peace Hotel, upon selection among the ITS Contest participants.

ITS Sportswear Award powered by Lotto Sport

€3,000, €2,000 and €1,000 awarded by Lotto Sport to three winners challenged with a sneakers project.

ITS Special Mention powered by Luxottica

€3,000 awarded by Luxottica, selected among all ITS Contest 2022 applications.

ITS Special Mention powered by Vogue Italia

the ITS Special Mention powered by Vogue Italia will be assigned to a fashion, accessories or jewelry finalist. The winner’s collection will be featured on the Vogue.it website.

ITS Responsible Creativity Award powered by CNMI

€5,000 awarded by CNMI – Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and selected from all ITS Contest entries.

ITS Footwear Award powered by Fondazione Ferragamo

€5,000 & the opportunity of an internship in the company’s creative dept., awarded by Fondazione Ferragamo to one of the footwear entries for ITS Contest.

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