14:53Minju Kim fashion consecrated by H & M comes in Stockholm
The winner of the 2013 H&M Design Award is Minju Kim, a 26-year-old student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Minju won the chance to present her collection with her own show at the Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week. Minju also won the opportunity to develop pieces from her collection to be sold in selected H&M stores this autumn.
Minju is a designer from South Korea who is now in her final masters year studying fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. She won the H&M Design Award 2013 with her BA collection titled "Dear My Friend”, inspired by Japanese Manga cartoonist Junji Ito. The inspiration may be fantastical, but the work that went into the collection was incredibly serious. The H&M Design Award judges were impressed by Minju’s determination to make each piece as perfect as she could. When Minju graduates next year, she plans to gain experience through internships at established brands, before setting up a label of her own.
The winner of this year’s H&M Design Award People’s Prize was announced today as Alba Prat, who has studied at Universität der Künste, Berlin. The prize has been decided by visitors to the H&M Design Award website, who have been voting since January 16 for their favourite collection. Alba Prat receives a month’s internship at Jonathan Saunders in London, giving her the chance to gain invaluable experience with one of fashion’s hottest designers.
Now in its second year, the H&M Design Award aims to encourage and support young fashion talent at the very beginning of their careers. Graduates from nineteen design schools in eight countries, including this year Italy and France, competed first to be local winners, before showing their work to the grand prize jury. Today’s winning show by Minju was streamed live at designaward2013.hm.com, where footage of the entire award’s process can be seen, to inspire future generations of designers who will help move fashion forward.
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