March 21, 2012

Mango Offers Scholarships of €300,000 To Young Designers

Spanish brand Mango and online platform Not Just A Label, specializing in finding and encouraging young talents in the field of contemporary fashion are joining forces for the fourth year in a row to organize the „El Botón – Mango Fashion Awards” competition, giving young designers everywhere the chance to win a €300,000 scholarship.

The jury, made up by some of the most prestigious design schools in the world – Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design (London); Escola Superior de Disseny, ESDi (Barcelona); Institut Français de la Mode (Paris); Istituto Marangoni (Milan-Paris-London) and Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten van Antwerpen (Royal Academy of Fine Arts from Antwerp) – will choose 10 finalists out of the 50 previously selected by the Mango Committee. They will have the privilege of partially or entirely showcasing their collections in stores, retaining all legal rights of intellectual propriety over their creations and also gain €18,000 covering production costs.

Young men and women under the age of 35 who have previously marketed their collections, or, if not, still have at least 3 years of experience in the field of fashion may enter the contest, providing a CV, a cover letter of approx. 300 words, two collections of ten outfits each, a description of approx. 300 words for the collections, a signed document testifying that they own the rights for the respective creations and also, a series of sketches for ten outfits for next season.

The finalists of the fourth edition are: Sergio Pastor & Ismael Alcaina (Spain), Stefanie Malmgreen de Oliveira & Richard Lindqvist (Sueden), Takashi Nishiyama (Japan), Harvey Bouterse (Netherlands), Takayuki Tanaka (Japan), Mads Dinesen (Denmark), Wisharawish Akarasantisook (Thailand), Tuomas Laitinen (Finland), Haesung Bong (South Korea) and Christine Phung (France).

The competition aims to offer young avant-garde designers the attention and support that they need in order to express their creativity on an international level. The winners of the previous editions, Italian Sandrina Fasli and Belgian Michaël Marson, followed by Koreean Lee Jean Youn and then Belgian Lena Lumelsky, have had the chance to collaborate with Spanish brand Mango for a series of micro-collections.

Until further deliberations, enjoy the exceptional design  of the Spring/Summer 2012 Mango collection, in stores now.

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