Yvonne Kwok won the G-Star Raw Talent award at this year's Lichting group show for fashion design graduates. The AMFI Amsterdam Fashion Institute graduate accepted a €10,000 cash prize from Remco de Nijs, PR manager and collection stylist for G-Star, on 12 July at Lichting in Amsterdam. Kwok will also get the opportunity to take part in the brand's international catwalk show in Berlin.
Each year, 14 young Dutch fashion designers present their collections to the industry at Lichting, held during Amsterdam Fashion Week. Two promising students from each of seven academies are chosen to show their work to an audience of around 700 industry professionals, including journalists, stylists and CEOs. More information about the show and this year's participants is available on the Lichting website.
Yvonne Kwok won the G-Star Raw Talent Award at Lichting 2012. Photo: Peter Stigter.
Lichting 2012 participants:
Gerrit Rietveld Academie: Morta Griskeviciute (Versailles after the Flood), Poul Brouwer (Shame)
AMFI Amsterdam Fashion Institute: Tess van Zalinge (The Same Old Lines, the Same Old Stories of Breathless Strains and Worn-Down Glories), Yvonne Kwok (We Dance Like Little Marys Swaying to the Symphony of Destruction)
Utrecht School of the Arts: Dagmar Lindeijer (Fiction Non-Fiction), Judith van Vliet (The Western Uniformity)
Willem de Kooning Academy: Ilona Putkaradze (From Sculpture to Body), Nadja Wering (Phänomena)
The Royal Academy of Art: David Laport (Discomforting), Miriam de Waard (Wake for Them)
ArtEZ Institute of the Arts: Esther Kruyer (Triple), Jef Montes (Dolores)
Zuyd University of Applied Sciences: Sara Veenstra (Behind the Carnivale), Brian Geradts
The Lichting 2012 panellists speak.
Each year, Premsela invites a panel of experts from various countries to comment on the show. They take part in an audience vote to determine the winner of the G-Star award; their votes count for 50 per cent of the total.
The 2012 panellists were:
Margareta van den Bosch, Stockholm: Creative advisor Van den Bosch has worked for H&M for more than 20 years. Her current responsibilities include overseeing collaborations with brands such as Marni and Maison Martin Margiela.
Orsola de Castro, London: Orsola De Castro founded the sustainable label From Somewhere and cofounded the Esthetica showroom, set up in partnership with the British Fashion Council. A pioneer in the field of sustainable fashion, De Castro encourages young designers to look at fashion in a new light.
Marieke van Dongen, Antwerp: A senior designer for Raf Simons, Van Dongen studied at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts and has worked for the Antwerp-based label for seven years.
Corinna Springer, New York: Springer worked for the highly respected Paris PR office Totem and the Helmut Lang brand before starting her own New York agency, Nouveau PR, in 2008. Nouveau PR represents labels including Siki Im, A.F. Vandevorst and Rad Hourani.
Lichting was founded in 2007 to help close the gap between the academies and the industry. Each year, seven senior fashion lecturers select two students each to participate.
In 2011, Sanne Schepers of ArtEZ won the Lichting award, provided by G-Star, for her collection based on the principle of the twinset, a two-part outfit whose elements enhance each other. Schepers developed a design concept in which one garment can be worn four ways. Schepers’s designs are now sold at the RA concept stores in Antwerp and Paris.
The 2010 winner was Marije De Haan of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. The Belgian Ann Boogaerts of ArtEZ Institute of the Arts took the prize in 2009. Anneloes van Osselaer of AMFI Amsterdam Fashion Institute in 2008, and Ivo Mittelmeijer of ArtEZ in 2007.
For more information and pictures of past nominees' collections, see the Lichting website.
In 2011, Premsela published a special magazine, 5 Years of Lichting, to commemorate the event’s fifth birthday.
Lichting 2012 is a project of Premsela, HTNK Fashion Recruitment & Consultancy and Amsterdam Fashion Week with G-Star Raw.