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.

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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

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

Born 25th June 1998, British

Fashion designer
ITS Arcademy Award

Mata Durikovic

Born 11th July 1995, Slovakian

Fashion designer
ITS Media Award

Lucia Chain

Born: April 7th 1988, Italian

Fashion designer
ITS Video Presentation Award

Xiaoling Jin
Zongbo Jiang

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

Digital fashion designer
ITS Digital fashion Award

Lili Schreiber

Born 13th September 1996, Belgian

Fashion designer
OTB Award

Yudai Tanaka
Anna Tanaka

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

Fashion designer
ITS Artwork Award powered by Swatch Art Peace Hotel

Hin Fung Jesse Lee

Born 5th July 1994, Chinese

Fashion designer
ITS Sportswear Award powered by Lotto Sport 1st place

Charlie Constantinou

Born 25th June 1998, British

Fashion designer
ITS Sportswear Award powered by Lotto Sport 2nd place

Edward Mendoza

Born 23rd December 1992, British

Fashion designer
Lotto Sport Award – 3rd place

Ruby Mellish

Born 14th May 1998, British

Accessories designer
ITS Special Mention powered by Luxottica

Eva Heugenhauser

Born 22nd October 1997, Austrian

Fashion designer
ITS Special Mention powered by Vogue Italia

Victor Salinier

Born 24th December 1997, French

Accessories designer
ITS Responsible Creativity Award powered by CNMI

Dmytro Hontarenko

Born 22nd October 1994, Ukrainian

Accessories designer
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

Eva Heugenhauser

Born 22nd October 1997, Austrian

Fashion designer
ITS Special Mention powered by Vogue Italia

Brais Albor

Born 1st June 1994, Spanish

Fashion designer

Rafaela Pestritu

Born 9th February 1995, Romanian

Fashion designer

Asato Kitamura

Born 19th March 1996, Japanese

Fashion designer

Ching-Lin Chen

Born 30th June 1992, Taiwanese

Fashion designer

Petra Fagerström

Born 10th March 1998, Swedish

Fashion designer

Charlie Constantinou

Born 25th June 1998, British

Fashion designer
ITS Arcademy Award

Hanna-Lotta Hanhela

Born 29th September 1989, Finnish

Fashion designer

Tatjana Haupt

Born 1st February 1996, German

Fashion designer

Mata Durikovic

Born 11th July 1995, Slovakian

Fashion designer
ITS Media Award

Yudai Tanaka
Anna Tanaka

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

Fashion designers

Lili Schreiber

Born 13th September 1996, Belgian

Fashion designer
OTB Award

Accessories

Victor Salinier

Born 24th December 1997, French

Accessories designer
ITS Responsible Creativity Award powered by CNMI

Marco Anzil

Born 5th January 1994, Italian

Accessories designers

Ruby Mellish

Born 14th May 1998, British

Accessories designer
ITS Special Mention powered by Luxottica

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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Contacts

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