A generation of talents developing touching narratives, dreaming of making the world a better place and celebrating the analog dimension of the printed book as a guardian of knowledge. One of their strongest trends was nostalgic memories of the family, above all of grandparents in this post-covid era, together with gender fluidity which no longer has anything to hide. Not even the designers themselves, frequently involved in modeling their own work.
Twenty years of ITS, and we could not be prouder to present you with the winners of this anniversary edition.
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.
Awarded to Charlie Constantinou, British
The International Jury is delighted to award the ITS Arcademy Award to Charlie Constantinou. Charlie’s collection was a clear winner for a variety of reasons cited by jury members:
— The concept of extreme weather is extremely relevant and was clearly communicated
— The collection was highly creative, versatile and innovative with a strong sense of colour a
— And products in key categories — trousers, accessories and knitwear — were consistently executed and highly desirable
ITS Media Award
€8,000 awarded by the ITS Contest 2022 Media Jury to the finalist showing the strongest ability to transmit their innovative vision in a socially meaningful way.
Awarded to Mata Durikovic, Slovakian
for her remarkable work which blends poetic narrative, futuristic flair, imaginative execution, and inventive home-made techniques. Her unique pieces are full of whimsy, a sort of modern haute couture molded with the bio plastic crystal leather she’s been able to cook in her kitchen.
ITS Video Presentation Award
€3,000 awarded by ITS to the best fashion film, selected among all ITS Contest applications.
Awarded to Lucia Chain, Italian
Comment by the International Jury who assigned the award:
The project scratches at memories with a delicate and composed melancholy. The ghosts of a family history are projected into the present and reveal themselves to be alive, contemporary, fairy-tale-like in their milky clothes; they become ubiquitous in time and space, dressing asynchronous souls, dipped in an uninterrupted tale that recalls the old kitchens of now uninhabited houses, cultivated fields, grandmothers’ bedrooms. Today is pregnant with the life that was. The faces of the young people are modern, alien to those of their relatives, the fruit of an uninterruptedly contaminated becoming. The digital project is nourished by an exploration void of digital tricks and artifices. Only the power of feeling fills the emptiness and satiates it with memory.
ITS Digital fashion Award
€3,000 awarded by ITS to the best digital fashion project selected among all ITS Contest applications.
Awarded to Zong Bo Jiang & Xiaoling Jin, Chinese
Comment by former ITS finalists Aitor Throup and Keiga who assigned the award:
Aitor: “A highly detailed, immersive and surreal artwork that puts emphasis on the environment of the fashion creations. Very impressive conceptual consideration behind the components of the aesthetic system.”
Keiga: “A compelling and very unique aesthetic point creating a fabulous feeling of involvement, comfort and fantasy. Each character is depicted in minute detail and is clearly and closely linked to the concept. Similar to a ‘tableau vivant’, a series of interactive, fully 3D paintings invite the audience to interact with its characters. It made me yearn to enter into their world, if only this were possible.”
€10,000 assigned by OTB to a fashion, accessories or jewellery finalist.
Awarded to Lili Schreiber, Belgian
Comment by Andrea Rosso, Diesel Sustainability Ambassador and MYAR Founder, who assigned the award in the name of OTB:
Sunny, colorful, sophisticated, upcycled, bust most of all ready to embrace a new adventure in the fashion industry with a smile on the face. The beauty of sophisticated simplicity.
ITS Artwork Award powered by Swatch Art Peace Hotel
€10,000 assigned by Swatch Art Peace Hotel, upon selection among the ITS Contest participants.
Awarded to Yudai & Anna Tanaka, Japanese
Comment by Carlo Giordanetti, CEO of Swatch Art Peace Hotel, who assigned the award:
The Award goes to Yudai and Anna Tanaka who have been able to create an artwork full of energy, truly interactive, engaging and fun.
Their work exudes positive thinking and their use of colours, volumes and materials is a much needed gust of fresh air!
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.
- Hin Fung Jesse Lee, Chinese €3,000
- Charlie Constantinou, British €2,000
- Edward Mendoza, British €1,000
Comment on Hin Fung’s winning project by Lotto Sport President Andrea Tomat who assigned the award:
“For the ability to highlight the Lotto brand and its heritage, reflecting on the importance of sustainability in a new an innovative way.”
ITS Special Mention powered by Luxottica
€3,000 awarded by Luxottica, selected among all ITS Contest applications.
Awarded to Ruby Mellish, British
Comment by Luxottica who assigned the award:
“We found the attempt and the depth with which the candidate has approached the investigation of a change aimed at the sefie-generation very interesting, with timely references to our own field of operation.”
ITS Special Mention powered by Vogue Italia
The ITS Special Mention powered by Vogue Italia will be assigned to a fashion, or accessories finalist. The winner’s collection will be featured on the Vogue.it website.
Awarded to Eva Heugenhauser, Austrian
Comment by Sara Sozzani Maino, Educational and Scouting Initiatives Advisor Vogue Italia, who assigned the award:
For the intensive research in developing new materials underlining the value of a timeless garment.
ITS Responsible Creativity Award powered by CNMI
€5,000 awarded by CNMI – Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and selected from all ITS Contest entries.
Awarded to Victor Salinier, French
Comment by International Brand Ambassador CNMI Sara Sozzani Maino, who assigned the award:
“For the importance of craftsmanship interacting with new technologies and materials with a sophisticated design.”
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.
Awarded to Dmytro Hontarenko, Ukrainian
Comment by Stefania Ricci, Director of Museo Salvatore Ferragamo and Fondazione Ferragamo, who assigned the award:
“The 2022 ITS Fondazione Ferragamo Award goes to Dmytro Hontarenko who combined research, craftsmanship and attention to sustainability in his project, embracing the challenges of our present time not as obstacles but as incentives, with the spirit of the true creative, like Salvatore Ferragamo.”
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