ITS 2018 – International Talent Support, a beacon that illuminates unknown roads that young talents undertake through their creations, a forge of ideas and a mirror of the future. A journey started more than fifteen years ago by Barbara Franchin, founder and artistic director of the contest, who with passion and devotion has developed a platform of worldwide authority that offers support, visibility and opportunities to young designers. But not only. An archive, unique in the world, which documents the history of the evolution of fashion through creativity and the aesthetic vision of future generations. For this 16th edition, supported by Pitti Immagine, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and Altaroma, the theme is “Be Bold” or an exhortation to courage aimed at “a new generation of talents who are strong in their desire to face the future and to work towards that great global change that we all started to dream “. Hundreds of the portfolios viewed by the judges who “blindly”, that is by evaluating exclusively the quality of the projects without knowing the connected profile, chose the finalists. Here are the names of Fashion Finalists: Eda Sriprom, Di Gao, Po-Chieh Chiu, Caroline Hu, Filippo Soffiati, Tolu Coker, Sini-Pilvi Kiilunen, Seiran Tsuno, Eleanor McDonald , Emma Chopova & Laura Lowena. Accessories & Jewellery Finalists: Rui Zeng, Melita Rus, Maya Schossberger, Catalina Albertini, Laura Olivella, Kira Goodey, Eliana Zurlo, Yeonghyeon Kim, Wujic Jo, Abigail Wirth & Mátyás Meichl, Jil Jander, Tingting Zhang. Artwork Finalists: Or Eidelman, Tolu Coker, Wujic Jo, Vicktoria Matsuka, Veronika Fabian, Le Roni Sachelaridi, ManiMekala Fuller, Sini-Pilvi Kiilunen.
The prizes for this edition? Not only cash compensation but precious opportunities for internships and work offered. The winner of the ITS 2018 Award will receive a cash prize of € 15,000, a 12 month mentorship offered by Pitti Immagine, partner of the event, followed by a presentation of the capsule collection during the Pitti Uomo edition in January 2019. OTB, and its Diesel brand, which has supported ITS-International Talent Support since the first edition, reserve a prize of € 10,000 to the winner of the OTB Awards as well as an internship that will include full boards and lodging and expenses reimbursement . The Diesel Award will grant the winner a six-month internship in Diesel a expenses reimbursement, a return ticket from the winner’s residence country, full boards and lodging. Swatch, with the ITS ARTWORK contest aims to stimulate the creativity of young designers. The Swatch Award winner will receive a cash prize of € 10,000 and a six-month experience at the Swatch LAB in Zurich. But it does not end here! The winner of the Tomorrow Award will have a space to showcase his/her collection by the Tomorrow Showroom at the Tate Gallery, London. A Special Mention by Vogue Talents will be awarded to a fashion, accessories or jewelry finalist. The winner’s collection will be featured on the Vogue Talents website and in the supplement of Vogue Italia. CNMI – Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana will grant one of the ITS 2018 finalists with a cash prize of €5,000. We just have to wait for June 27 to find out who will win. Keep in touch!
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