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Fashioners of The World Awards 2018 Winners

Students from the Undergraduate Degree in Fashion Design and the BA (Hons) in Fashion Design have presented their final course collections at a fashion show organised by the IED Barcelona Design University at Barcelona Design Hub. Three special prizes were awarded in this edition: Best Collection in honour of Franca Sozzani, granted by an international jury; the Isabel Coixet Best Fashion Film prize granted by the acclaimed film director; and, for the very first time, the Manuel Outumuro prize for Best Shooting, delivered personally by the prestigious photographer.

Fashioners of the World is a wide range of very eclectic outfits inspired by different cultures to symbolise the complexity of today’s social and relational fabric, as well as the official role of design as a universal interpretation of the 21st century’s many global identities,” explained Alessandro Manetti, Director General of IED Barcelona regarding all nineteen collections presented at the Design Hub.

Each one of these outfits is the outcome of hours of hard work in the School’s workshops, proving the technical mastery of these young designers, who along with their creativity have managed to develop innovative proposals, most of which tie in with very personal and original stories,” added the Director of IED. 

Best Collection Prize

The “Man o To” collection by Ines Monjo was chosen as the winner by a prestigious international jury comprising Elisa Pervinca Bellini, Talent Editor for Vogue Italy, Francine Pairon, Fashion Consultant and Co-founder of La Cambre Mode and Director of FMI, Inmaculada Jiménez, Creative and Fashion Director of Elle Spain, and Belgian designer Jean-Paul Lespagnard.

Student Ines Monjo from the Undergraduate Degree in Fashion Design was inspired by an eating disorder she suffered, producing six styles that represent the different moods she experienced due to this condition, as well as the mind-body relationship she lived until she found stability, masterfully playing with colour, texture and volume.

The underlying theme throughout the collection are flowers and their bright colors, drawing a link between them and the various stages of her disorder. The collection takes us from a withered flower from want of water (anorexia) to an over-watered flower (bulimia), ending with a burst of color and light when she overcame the condition.

She has also succeeded in conveying the link between the mind and body over the years using contrasting volumes. With all this, Ines has created everything from fitted items that seem like a second skin to very oversized silhouettes, though always featuring feminine lines.

Isabel Coixet prize for Best Fashion Film

These young designers have created audiovisual pieces to go with their collections, which will be rewarded for their high artistic, visual and creative value. With this in mind, the prestigious film director Isabel Coixet will be entrusted the task of assessing the cinematographic work and talent of these creators. 

“SANTMERCAT” by Anna Masclans was the award-winning fashion film prized by Isabel Coixet herself at the end of the show. The student’s idea stemmed from a deconstruction of aprons and an in-depth study of the life cycle of a piece of clothing. Her video invites viewers to reflect on fashion and food, two of the world’s most contaminating industries, with items produced through conscientious resource efficiency using recovered and recycled materials.  

Manuel Outumuro prize for Best Shooting

This year introduced a new and special award that highlights the visual impact of fashion: Best Shooting. The award was named after the acclaimed photographer Manuel Outumuro, who has chosen two winning projects: one in the fashion design category and another for style.

“Man o To” by student Inés Monjo has claimed the prize for best shooting in the fashion design category, produced by The Red Light Studio, while the winner of the Best Shooting – Style award was student Berta Ricard from the Undergraduate Degree in Fashion, Style and Fashion Communication for her project “Kinopsia”. With the photographic work of Alexandra Cepeda, the project is reminiscent of the sad and mysterious atmosphere which lingers in a place that has recently been abandoned and deserted. As a more specific reference, it is a nod to the tsunami in Thailand in 2004, featuring elements such as rope, water and fishing nets to convey a feeling of tension, suffocation and anxiety. 

Fashioners of the World 2018

The result is the product of significant dedication by the students and reflects the demanding criteria and skill of IED Barcelona’s teaching team guiding them through the process. The students were lucky enough to receive advice from professionals such as Pilar Pasamontes and Julia Weems IED’s Fashion Director, as well as guidance from Juan Salvadó, José Castro, Txell Miras, René Zamudio, Sebastián Pons and stylist Jaume Vidiella, who shared their wealth of knowledge to help bring these projects to fruition.

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